Liphook lady met the Queen at two royal garden parties

Tuesday 27th September 2022 4:00 pm
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Wendy Formstone watching the Queen’s state funeral at The Living Room Cinema in Liphook on September 19th 2022.
Wendy Formstone (Paul Coates/Liphook Herald )

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A dozen people watched the first half of the Queen’s state funeral at The Living Room Cinema in Liphook.

Friends Wendy Formstone, 72, and Sally Turner, 57, from Liphook were among those who wanted to be together to watch the farewell to the Queen.

Wendy said: “I’ve had a very busy weekend with my daughter’s wedding so I haven’t watched as much as I wanted.

“I didn’t want to stop at home and we have this beautiful, wonderful village cinema and I wanted to support it, and with a friend.

“I haven’t really known anyone else, I’m too young to remember the King. I’m keeping all the souvenir booklets for my grandchildren.”

Wendy, whose father was a senior officer in the RAF, said: “I went to two royal garden parties in 1969 and I met the Queen at them. I’ve also ridden in competitions against Princess Anne – I beat her in a jump-off at Tweseldown!”

Sally – who met the Queen Mother while working at a military hospital, and also once met Prince Edward – said: “I would echo how wonderful it is to have a village cinema here. This is a fantastic facility and long may it last.”

Speaking about the royals before the service, she added: “I have a lot of admiration for the sense of duty and loyalty they hold. This funeral is about everything the Queen did and represented. It will be a very emotional occasion.”

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