GREEN-FINGERED veterans in Solihull planted the Queen’s favourite flower to mark the Platinum jubilee.
The Royal Star and Garter residents dug in and planted Lily of the Valley in the Tudor Coppice Home’s garden.
They also made their own special Jubilee card for The Queen and watched the festivities including Trooping of the Colour, the Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s Cathedral and the Epsom Derby on TV.
There was live music throughout the weekend and, on Sunday, residents were treated to a street party buffet.
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity helped the Homes prepare for the revelries, by providing Jubilee decorations, including bunting, tablecloths, crown hats, napkins, and flags, and a tin of shortbread for each resident.
Princess Alexandra, The Queen’s cousin, and Royal Star and Garter’s President, also wrote a letter to each resident at the home.
In it she says: “As we celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Royal Star and Garter’s Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, I can draw a parallel between her long and dedicated service to our nation and your own.
“Either by serving directly in the Armed Forces, or supporting those who have, you have shown incredible courage, dedication and self-sacrifice.”
The Royal Star and Garter cares for veterans and their partners with dementia or disability.
Pauline Shaw, Royal Star and Garter’s director of care, said: “The Queen has been a constant in the lives of our residents, so they were thrilled to take part in celebrations marking her 70-year reign.
“As a charity, we were also delighted to mark our Patron’s Platinum Jubilee.”