Our "really significant connection with the Queen."

As Queen Elizabeth II became our longest reigning monarch, ITV Central took a wonderful look back at her relationship with retailTRUST

Queen Elizabeth II

retailTRUST’s retirement estate in Derby was described in the report as being a place that was "very important to the Queen even before her coronation", and though it is a peaceful and unassuming rural haven, it boasts big royal connections and a history of national significance. 

As a proud patron of retailTRUST, the Queen even opened the Leylands Estate in 1957. The report went on to look at "some of the people who have met her" and who have had their lives touched by her presence and her patronage, including a number of our cottageHOMES residents, and the Leylands Estate manager Val Walsh.

One of our residents Pauline spoke fondly of her memories of meeting the Queen during her visit to the estate in the 1970s during Derby’s ascension to city-status. Pauline spoke of her excitement at meeting Elizabeth, and how "lovely" and elegant she had looked. Another resident Margaret talked about her trip down to London in 2007 as a guest of the Queen, during what she described as a "beautifully organised and lovely outing", and referred to the Queen kindly as a "dear little soul" whose honesty, compassion and authenticity have led to her being held in such high regard by all of our cottageHOMES residents, and the nation at large.  

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