A Washington mum had some very special guests to accompany her to a garden party at Buckingham Palace.
Lorraine Lambert decided to share the “tremendous honour” of visiting the royal residence by taking along her son and Collabro star Jamie, 24, and daughter, Caitlin, 22, a fourth-year medical student.
And Jamie, who found fame last year by winning Britain’s Got Talent, was joined by his bandmates who wanted to show their support.
Michael Auger, Richard Hadfield, Thomas J Redgrave and Matt Pagan made the journey to the palace, in the heart of London, to pose for pictures with Lorraine, dressed appropriately in Union flag waistcoats.
Mrs Lambert, who is chief executive of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, is among the longest-serving bosses in the NHS in the North East and was one of the youngest women to be appointed to the role nationally when she took up a position in Sunderland in 1992.
When she retires in September this year, she will have given 36 years of service to the NHS.
Her passion for the organisation she views as the ‘finest institution in the world’ was inspired by her mother, who was a nurse.
She said: “It was a great privilege to be invited to attend the royal garden party. I was incredibly proud to have Jamie and Catilin by my side and it is a memory we will treasure all of our lives.
“We were delighted to be presented to Princess Beatrice, as Collabro performed last year at the Duchess of York’s charity event at Windsor Castle. We chatted about that and also about the importance of the NHS and she wished Caitlin well in her studies.”
Jamie had a job in the supplies department at South Tyneside District Hospital and then in finance in the NHS in London before achieving stardom.