A former Adoption UK volunteer and her adopted son attended the Queen’s Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
Marion Wassell, 71, was nominated by the Banbury charity in recogniition of the voluntary admin work she provided at their headquarters on South Bar Street for three years.
The mother of three from Bloxham had to relinquish her role with the charity last year due to ill-health, and attended the regal reception last Thursday, May 28 with her adopted son Carl.
She said: “I feel slightly embarassed to have been nominated but I thoroughly enjoyed the day.
“There are about 8,000 people at these events so you don’t really expect to see the royals, but at one point the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice and the Duke and Duchess of Kent were all within ten feet of us.”
Mrs Wassell and her husband Barry, who died in 2000, have two birth daughters and provided foster care for Carl when he was seven months old before adopting him when he was three.
Carl, now aged 37, lives in Southampton and works in construction.
Her eldest daughter Rebecca, aged 42, is married with two daughters and teaches French at a forces school in Cyrpus.
Her youngest daughter Claire, 41, is married with three children and works as a nursing sister at Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital.
Mrs Wassell conceded she had been slightly worried about their trip to the capital because of her recent ill-health.
She said: “I was concerned about the queues and getting around at Buckingham Palace as I don’t walk very well but another guest kindly gave me their seat.
“The highlight of the day has to be getting so close to the Queen as she’s my favourite royal. I’m an admirer as she does a sterling job and never puts a foot wrong so I was very excited.”