Formerly homeless Thames Reach service user Andrew Wyeth,
who is a resident of Thames Reach’s Southwark supported housing projects, recently
spent the day taking a guided tour of Buckingham Palace, something that has
been a long held ambition for Andrew. Here’s Andrew’s own account of what was a
my life I have wanted to visit Buckingham place. I have been past the building many times and seen the Guard Changing
Ceremony. I have seen The Queen a total
of seven times.
"On the 20th
of August 2012, at the age of 53, I finally got the opportunity I have been waiting
for all my life and visited the inside of Buckingham Palace.
was truly an unforgettable occasion. The
public can now visit a total of 19 rooms, incredible! It really was in every way as amazing, grand,
ornate and splendid as you would expect - and more.
"The trip took around 2-3 hours and allowed
the visitors to see many works of Art, Antiques, Ornate Ceilings, Carpets, and
much more – all of which was fabulous.
"Also this year, there was a special
exhibition of Diamonds as it is a Diamond Jubilee year. The diamond exhibition consisted of a
wonderful display of diamonds including the enormous Granny’s Chips, worth £50
Million! – Incredible!
"The admission charge was well worth every penny.
I sat and drank tea and ate strawberries and cream on the terrace of
Buckingham Palace. The grounds are
enormous. They go right back and
there is a lake and a planted area. I
urge anybody to take the opportunity to visit inside of Buckingham Palace. It was a day I'll never forget!"