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Shouldham resident Mary Relph celebrates her 90th birthday with a Royal wish

West Norfolk's best-known royal watcher had a special and poignant wish as she cut her Birthday cake, writes RICHARD PARR.

Mary Relph, of Shouldham, celebrated her 90th birthday with a fervent hope that King Charles would come through his current cancer treatment with a successful outcome.

She has followed the Royal Family since she was a schoolgirl and was taken by her mother to the Sandringham Flower Show.

Mary Relph celebrated her birthday with friends and family
Mary Relph celebrated her birthday with friends and family

At her party, she was joined by fellow Royal enthusiast, Sheila Clark who lives in Glasgow and Mary Lowlamd of Stowmarket.

Both Mary and Sheila chatted about their Royal interests with some of the dozens of family, village residents and friends who attended the celebration at Shouldham Bowls Club.

The two long-time friends were known to the late Queen, King Charles and Queen Camilla and the late Queen Mother.

They are also known for their extensive collections of Royal memorabilia gathered over many decades.

Mary's birthday cake was made by her granddaughter Sarah Lister and a birthday toast was proposed by her son-in-law David Graham.

Mary said: "I had a lovely 90th birthday party and would like to say a sincere thank you to my daughters Joanna and Jeanette and others for organising everything."

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