An island resident had what she described in her own words as ‘something I’ll always remember’, when she represented her employers at a reception hosted by the Queen and Prince Philip in Buckingham Palace recently.
Jackie Mercer, who works in the mill of Bute Fabrics, was selected from a draw to represent the company at the reception to honour winners of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, which the firm won for international trade back in April.
Jackie, who accompanied the firm’s North American sales director, John Allard, to Buckingham Palace on MondayJuly 14, told us: “I was very shocked and surprised.
“I’ve never been picked from a draw before, so it took a few days to sink in that I was going.”
Prior to the reception, Jackie received the various ‘dos and don’ts’ of meeting royalty, including to curtsey for the Queen, bow her head for Prince Philip, and to refer to her majesty as ‘Ma’am as in ham, not Ma’am as in palm’.
“I wasn’t nervous at first about going, but once you’re there it’s like ‘wow’,” Jackie told us.
* To read the full interview with Jackie, see this week’s Buteman - on sale from Thursday, July 31.