WI members set off for a party at the palace

Spalding W! members setting off to a garden party Buckingham Palace. SG020615-102TW
Spalding W! members setting off to a garden party Buckingham Palace. SG020615-102TW
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It was hats off to Spalding WI members who put on their best frocks to mix with royalty and celebrate the institution’s centenary year.

The garden party at Buckingham Palace was hosted on Tuesday by Duchess of Cornwall, who is a member of the Tetbury WI near her Highgrove home.

Camilla was joined at the party by three other royals, the Countess of Wessex, the Duchess of Gloucester and the Queen’s cousin Princess Alexandra.

The WI was formed in 1915, a year in to World War One, to rejuvenate rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food to help combat German naval blockades.

It was inspired by an idea from Canada and was first founded in the Anglesey village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll - Britain’s longest place name.