A nursing home in the United Kingdom transformed its facility into Buckingham Palace in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.
The country in early June marked 70 years of service since the queen’s accession to the throne with the annual, days-long celebration. The Mountbatten Grange Care Home in Windsor, Berkshire, surprised residents with their own special celebration by decorating the facility, from top to bottom, with all of the royal fixings.
Decorations included staff dressed up as the Queen’s Guard, red drapes, royal portraits and a throne for residents to sit in to mark the occasion.
“We base our activities and special events on residents’ likes and interests and are always looking for new and exciting ways to support residents lead fulfilling lives,” said Debbie Winwood, the facility’s manager.
“We have many royalists living here, especially being so close to Windsor Castle, and knew how keen they would be to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, which is why we decided to celebrate in style,” she added.
Winwood said that residents were shocked to see the facility’s transformation. “Just like the jubilee – this was certainly a memorable day and one which we will remember for many years to come,” she said.
Resident Kathleen Lewis, 98, described the event as “quite a surprise.”
“We knew nothing about what was going on – it was all done so secretly,” Lewis said. “I thought it was fantastic.”