For more than two hours, the Montana residents in Great Barton and their many guests (including from adjacent Oakampton House, also managed by Sr Thaya) enjoyed the sunshine in the well-kept gardens, ate wonderful food prepared in the Montana kitchen, drank wine and sang along with Caprice Music Duo.
And they even arranged a visit by Her Majesty! “Everyone saw her and admired her beautiful dress and heard her wise words when briefly she took the microphone,” said Sr Thaya. “Everyone! And the official photographer seized the moment Montana will never forget. And then the familiar Rolls Royce appeared, a discreet lady-in-waiting hovered, and the VVVIP guest was gone.”
A mirage? A miracle? Sr Thaya gives an emphatic “No, this was the real deal. Montana’s residents’ very special moment in a very special year.”
And when Her Majesty had gone a courier arrived. No ordinary courier but one wearing the distinctive uniform of a Royal Messenger – and bearing special gifts. One each for everyone at this unforgettable party. A huge box – full of delicious marmalade sandwiches.
Pictured above are Sr Thaya Moses and some of her team at Montana with their very special guest.