The residents at Craighead Care Home in Newport on Tay had posted off their birthday greetings to the Queen for her 90th birthday. Many of the residents come from Dundee which is very close to where the Queen’s maternal grandparent’s lived, the Earl and Countess of Strathmore who stayed at Glamis Castle.
As a young Princess the Queen often visited her grandparents there. Like other children Harry Munro had gone to school in the area and within a small group discussion at Craighead various stories were exchanged. The Queen’s younger sister, Princess Margaret was Christened at Glamis and her Christening cake Harry recalls was made by a local baker who worked for local bakery firm Andrew G Kidd from Dundee.
It was also remembered that when the Queen was ten she planted a tree in Camperdown which is now owned by the City Council as a local park and it was understood that the tree is still growing there. Eleanor remembered that in the Queen’s coronation year, 1953 friends of hers who were married in this special year received commemorative wedding telegrams which are now family heirlooms. Harry also recalled the coronation year when all the schools were closed and there was a huge street party, Sadie agreed.
The Queen Mother’s connection with Dundee was also strong as she was the first Chancellor of Dundee University and was often in the city. She also often visited Lord Robert's Workshop and Blindcraft in the city’s Blackness area of Dundee regularly which was established to provide employment for disabled ex-servicemen. This was quite close to where Harry lived and the Royal car was often seen in the area and local people getting a wave from the Royal Family on visits, Harry remembered.
After her grandmother’s death Princess Anne, Princess Royal, opened the new Queen Mother Building at Dundee University in 2006 maintaining the Royal link. The group had various fond memories of the Queen on local visits to the city and wished her a very happy 90th birthday and none would like to exchange places with her as they have all enjoyed their retirement!
Date published: 15 September 2017