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LOCAL LIFE

ABOVE: Just a small part of Mary’s amazing Royal collection

Celebrating 60 years of Royal watching... She’s been attending Royal events and visits for so long that now even the Queen recognises her. John Hocknell meets the celebrated local Royal watcher – and avid collector – Mary Relph

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he announcement at the end of last year of the engagement of Prince William and his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton was greeted with delight around the world. But the feeling of jubilation surrounding a Royal Wedding was perhaps nowhere more keenly felt than in a corner of West Norfolk in the cosy cottage home of Mary Relph. For the 77-year-old grandmother is

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widely regarded as one of the country’s most dedicated “royal watchers”. As soon as the Royal Wedding date of April 29th became official and the venue confirmed as Westminster Abbey, Mary was already making plans to be in London to witness all the excitement, pomp, pageantry and romance of the special day. And for Mary, the occasion will be another memorable milestone in more than six decades of interest in the Royal

Family stretching back to her first visit to the Sandringham Flower Show as a 12-yearold girl. “As schoolgirls, my friend and I loved to dress up in an old silk bedspread when we played roles of the King and Queen,” she recalls. But it was that first visit to the annual summer Sandringham Flower Show with her mother Gladys that really sparked an interest that has become her abiding

KLmagazine March 2011

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