“I was very young when I met Her Majesty The Queen, it was in Brecon on a field down by the river. She and the Duke (of Edinburgh) were just beginning their world tour of the Commonwealth. I remember, there was a famous horsewoman present, plus many marquees and tents. We children had been taken there by our school – Maes y Dderwen – in Ystradgynlais. My friend and I were to show Her Majesty the work we were doing on the loom. Before the Royal Party arrived we were given a briefing of the protocol on how to address the queen when she spoke to us, it went like this –
The first time she spoke to us we were to answer: YES OR NO YOUR MAJESTY, the second time, YES OR NO YOUR HIGHNESS, then each time after that it was YES MA’AM or NO MA’AM.
“As for me, I just could not take my eyes off The Queen.”
As the royal party came nearer to look at the craftwork we children were working on, The Queen stopped in front of me. Looking at my loom she turned to a lady in waiting and said something to her, whereupon the lady in waiting said: “Her Majesty would like to know what you are making?” I told her that it was to be an oblong stool. The Queen stepped closer, looked right at me and with a smile; asked what the pattern was called. I answered: it is called ‘the snails trail Ma’am.’ She turned to her lady in waiting and said: ‘I think that’s a difficult pattern. Her Majesty then turned to me, smiled and said ‘carry on with the good work’.
As for me, I just could not take my eyes off The Queen. I have had flashbacks of this all my life and is probably why I remember it so vividly.”