On Tuesday 15th May, College Principal Dipa Ganguli and her husband were privileged to be guests at Her Majesty’s tea party in Buckingham Palace. Dipa, along with four other Heads of Service of Adult and Community Learning (ACL) providers was nominated by HOLEX (the membership body for ACL providers across the country) for her contribution to the sector.
The sun was shining that day , giving attendees the chance to really admire the Buckingham Palace gardens. The occasion was graced by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II as well as Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. It is said that at the Royal Garden parties around 27,000 cups of tea are served, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cakes are consumed. For a Garden Party, gentlemen wear morning dress or lounge suits, while women wear day dress, usually with hats or fascinators. National dress and uniform are also often worn.
Dipa said ‘I was very honoured to be nominated and to see the Queen in person. My mum is thrilled that I had an occasion to wear a saree!’