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Friday 17 November 2017
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A visit to Buckingham Palace

Andrew Wythe and Faith Hamer
Andrew Wythe is pictured with Southwark Projects worker Faith Hamer

Formerly homeless Thames Reach service user Andrew Wyeth, who is a resident of Thames Reach’s Southwark supported housing projects, recently spent the day taking a guided tour of Buckingham Palace, something that has been a long held ambition for Andrew. Here’s Andrew’s own account of what was a memorable day:

"All my life I have wanted to visit Buckingham place. I have been past the building many times and seen the Guard Changing Ceremony. I have seen The Queen a total of seven times. 

"On the 20th of August 2012, at the age of 53, I finally got the opportunity I have been waiting for all my life and visited the inside of Buckingham Palace.

"It was truly an unforgettable occasion. The public can now visit a total of 19 rooms, incredible! It really was in every way as amazing, grand, ornate and splendid as you would expect - and more. 

"The trip took around 2-3 hours and allowed the visitors to see many works of Art, Antiques, Ornate Ceilings, Carpets, and much more – all of which was fabulous.

"Also this year, there was a special exhibition of Diamonds as it is a Diamond Jubilee year. The diamond exhibition consisted of a wonderful display of diamonds including the enormous Granny’s Chips, worth £50 Million! – Incredible! 

"The admission charge was well worth every penny. I sat and drank tea and ate strawberries and cream on the terrace of Buckingham Palace. The grounds are enormous. They go right back and there is a lake and a planted area. I urge anybody to take the opportunity to visit inside of Buckingham Palace. It was a day I'll never forget!"