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Carlisle nurse attends Royal Garden Party

Posted on Wednesday 15th June 2016
Pauline-Middlemore

A North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust nurse has attended the Queen’s garden party at Buckingham Palace. Pauline Middlemore, nurse on the Medical Procedures Unit at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle attended the garden party on 24 May.

The Royal Garden Parties are a way of recognising and rewarding public service. This year has been even more special as it is Her Majesty’s 90th Year, with official celebrations taking place across the country.

Pauline was selected to attend by the Royal College of Nursing. To mark the RCN’s centenary year they gave 100 nurses the chance to attend one of the Queen’s four garden parties. Her Majesty offered the places to the college in honour of National Nurses’ Day on Thursday 12 May and the Queen is the college’s Royal Patron. Over 4,000 nurses completed the 100 word application – as to why they deserve to be given a place – and Pauline was one of the lucky ones selected to go.

All of the nurses met in the RCN’s headquarters in London for lunch which was a great chance for everyone to share stories and experiences of nursing across the country, before being transported to Buckingham Palace for the regal event.

Pauline said: “It was amazing, wonderful, it couldn’t have been better. Seeing Her Majesty and Prince Phillip was really special.

“The highlight of the day was undoubtedly meeting Prince William and Kate Middleton. I shook the Prince’s hand and we had a chat about sightseeing in the capital. They were really lovely and Prince William was praising the work nurses do.

“It was a once in a lifetime experience and one I will treasure.”