HRH Princess Beatrice paid a surprise visit to Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield to unveil a plaque commemorating the gift of a tree to the charity, given by the late Queen on her Platinum Jubilee.
The Princess, who is the charity’s patron, also met with a group of mums and their rainbow babies supported by Forget Me Not and spent time with members of the hospice’s care team.
Luen Thompson, Forget Me Not’s chief executive, said: “It was a real honour to be able to welcome our patron to the hospice to unveil a plaque on our very special tree.
“We also showed the Princess the keepsake that hangs there in memory of the Queen, on which is inscribed her words: ‘Grief is the price you pay for love.’
“The Princess was clearly very touched by this and said how much it meant to her and how her granny would have been so proud of what we’ve done with our gift to us.”
After her visit, the Princess attended a lunch at The Three Acres restaurant with some of Forget Me Not’s major donors as well as the former Mayor of Kirklees Clr Masood Ahmed.
In her speech, the Princess reflected on what she had learned during her visit and how Forget Me Not is a truly special and welcoming place.
Forget Me Not was one of just 12 charities in West Yorkshire nominated by the Lord Lieutenant to receive one of the 350 British native trees from the spectacular Tree of Trees sculpture created for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.