Remarkable Royal anecdotes at Cathedral fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 11:07 12 June 2013 | UPDATED: 11:07 12 June 2013

Pictured from right are Mrs Judith Kauntze, from the Exeter Cathedral Development Office; Mr Tim Walker from sponsors Brewin Dolphin; guest speaker Mrs Deborah Bean and the Rev Canon Ian Mortar from Exeter Cathedral.

Pictured from right are Mrs Judith Kauntze, from the Exeter Cathedral Development Office; Mr Tim Walker from sponsors Brewin Dolphin; guest speaker Mrs Deborah Bean and the Rev Canon Ian Mortar from Exeter Cathedral.

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Remarkable anecdotes from a career spent working with the Royal family were shared by the Queen's former Chief Correspondence Officer Deborah Bean at a fundraising lunch in Devon.

Mrs Bean was the guest speaker at Coronation Diamond Jubilee Anniversary Luncheon on June 6 which raised funds for the Exeter Cathedral Development Appeal.

The event, held at The Oak Barn at Hittisleigh, was attended by more than 70 guests who listened to a fascinating talk by Mrs Bean and enjoyed looking at an exhibition of souvenirs from her four decades of work with the royal family.

As Chief Correspondence Officer Mrs Bean had the job of responding on behalf of the Queen to thousands of letters on a diverse range of subjects that might on any given day range from concerns about war in Iraq to worries about ducks on a village pond.

Mrs Bean’s roles with the royal family saw her travelling from Buckingham Palace to the Queen’s other homes at Balmoral and Sandringham at different times of the year, as well as on overseas trips.

She entertained the lunch guests with her account of overcoming bouts of queasyness while travelling on the Royal Yacht Brittannia around Land’s End and the Western Isles en route to Balmoral.

She also told of the Queen’s thoughtfulness when she took a tumble while riding one of the family’s ponies on one of the royal estates.

Speaking in the week that the royal family celebrated the 60th anniversary of the coronation, Mrs Bean painted a picture of a monarch who takes a great interest in the thousands of letters she receives every week and especially welcomes correspondence from people in places she has recently visited.

The lunch, sponsored by Brewin Dolphin, was part of a series of events organised by the Exeter Cathedral Development Office to raise funds to support the cathedral.

For more information go to exeter-cathedral.org.uk

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