Gwen receives the royal treatment at Melton afternoon tea party to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday

90 year old birthday girl Gwendoline Hadley celebrates with Mayor and Mayoress David and Maureen Wright 
PHOTO: Tim Williams
90 year old birthday girl Gwendoline Hadley celebrates with Mayor and Mayoress David and Maureen Wright PHOTO: Tim Williams
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Ninety-year-old Melton woman Gwen Hadley received the royal treatment at a special afternoon tea to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Gwen was among residents of the borough born during 1926 - the same year as the Queen - who were invited to join the Mayor and Mayoress of Melton, David and Maureen Wright, at the recent event held at Melton Council’s Parkside offices.

But Gwen was the only one there who was born on the same day as the Queen.

Ten years ago Gwen was one of 100 people from around the country born on the same day as the monarch to be invited to Buckingham Palace.

And she enjoyed a few minutes chatting to Her Majesty during the once-in-a-lifetime experience before all the guests enjoyed a lavish feast.

Gwen said: “It was a delightful experience I will always cherish.

“I had always wished to meet the Queen and she was very nice.

“She asked me where I was from and I said Melton. She replied ‘Oh yes, Melton Mowbray.’

“I think the Queen is a wonderful lady, especially with everything she has gone through with her family. I hope she goes on as long as she can.”

Gwen has always sent a birthday card to the Queen and she received a reply for the 90th birthday card she sent Her Majesty thanking her for her lovely words.

Gwen, who was born in Milton, near Stoke-on-Trent, said she had a wonderful time at the Mayor’s afternoon tea in Melton which she found out about in the Melton Times.

She said: “It went very well indeed. We had sandwiches and cakes, scones with cream and butter and tea. Then I was presented with a posy bouquet by the Mayor.

“It was a lovely day and everyone seemed to be enjoying it.”