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Staff and supporters at The Royal Star & Garter Homes and the Museum of Richmond were honoured when Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra opened The Royal Star & Garter: 100 Years of Care Exhibition on Wednesday 23 November.

DSCF8419(From Left) The Charity’s Andy Cole and Governor Surgeon Rear Admiral Michael Farquharson-Roberts, with HRH Princess Alexandra, Richmond Museum’s Lisette Simcock and Curator James Scott

The Princess is President of The Royal Star & Garter Homes and Patron of the Museum. Escorted by Chair of the Museum, Lisette Simcock, Her Royal Highness took time to view the artefacts and speak to the assembled supporters of both organisations.

DSCF8461 (3)The Princess meets supporter John Echlin

In his welcoming address, Andy Cole, Chief Executive of The Royal Star & Garter Homes, explained how Richmond plays a key role in the Charity’s story:

“At the end of our centennial year, which we share with the centenaries of the Battles of the Somme and Jutland, we are proud to share our history with the public through this wonderful exhibition, which encapsulates the spirit of the Charity. Richmond remains our spiritual home and our long history is deeply entrenched in the area.”

DSCF8502The Princess meets the Charity’s Director of Care, Pauline Shaw and her daughter Alex, an RAF military nurse

The exhibition provided a fascinating insight into life in the Homes over the past century through photographs, paintings, artefacts and personal diaries. Charting life for the disabled veterans who lived there and nurses who cared for them in dark days of the First World War, the derring-do of residents who served in the Second World War, and the pioneering work of Dr Guttmann in the 1940s, the exhibition celebrated the rich history of The Royal Star & Garter Homes to the present day.

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