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Crown jewels: Sunderland jeweller invited to Queen’s garden party

City Centre Traders' Association chairman, Harry Collinson, has received an invitation from HRH the Queen to attend a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, next month.

City Centre Traders' Association chairman, Harry Collinson, has received an invitation from HRH the Queen to attend a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, next month.

A diamond geezer will get the chance to see some genuine crown jewels after receiving a royal invitation.

Harry Collinson, owner of Collinson’s Jewellers in Sunderland, said he is honoured to have been invited to attend one of the Queen’s garden parties at Buckingham Palace.

The 40-year-old, a dad of three, will attend the alfresco shindig with wife Nicola, 39, on Tuesday, June 10.

He said: “It was a nice little surprise to get the invitation.

“You have to be nominated to go, and I don’t know why I was nominated for it.

“Nigel Sherlock, the Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, said he would like to nominate me, then, lo and behold, we got a letter saying that the Lord Chamberlain at the palace had been commanded by the Queen to invite us.

“Hopefully, I will get to meet the Queen – she is a brilliant ambassador for the country – and William and Katherine. “I think my wife is looking forward to seeing the princes, William and Harry.”

Harry, chairman of Sunderland City Centre Traders’ Association, said he will be representing Wearside at the event. He added: “I love my city, and I don’t know if it is because of that that I was chosen to go.”

The couple will be given the chance to explore the gardens at the palace before being treated to afternoon tea along with about 8,000 guests.

About 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake will be consumed at the party.

Harry said: “There’s an Army band playing, and we can explore the gardens and have our cucumber sandwiches. You can’t get more British than that.”

 

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