Television personality Bill Turnbull was the guest speaker when the Queen made her traditional January visit to the Sandringham Women’s Institute this afternoon, Thursday January 23.
The host of the BBC Breakfast programme followed in the footsteps of his colleague, the show’s weather presenter Carol Kirkwood, who addressed the institute two years ago.
A well-known bee-keeping enthusiast, Mr Turnbull, who has written a book and appeared on Celebrity Mastermind to ask questions on the subject, presented the Queen with a jar of his own, homemade honey.
The Queen, who is the branch’s president, was accompanied by a lady-in-waiting when she arrived for the meeting at the West Newton village hall shortly before 3pm.
Wearing a lavender coat, the Queen was welcomed to the meeting, which began with members singing the National Anthem, by the group’s chairman, Yvonne Browne, and vice-chairman Ann Whiting.
A small crowd of wellwishers joined media representatives outside the hall to await the Queen’s arrival.
One of them, Claire Blackburn, of Ashwicken, said: “It was lovely to see her so close.”