The Queen pops to Sainsbury’s! Monarch steps out in London for shopping trip
Her Majesty will be spending the sunny afternoon in the Capital at the site of one of Britain’s first Sainsbury’s stores to celebrate its remarkable 150th anniversary. The Queen wearing all green was given a warm reception by crowds of royal fans as she made her way across London to Drury Lane in Covent Garden. The 93-year-old Monarch remains committed to her royal engagements despite becoming a great-grandmother for the eight-time earlier this month, due to the arrival of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first child Archie Harrison.
Her Majesty was greeted outside the historical store by the president of the branch John Davan Sainsbury who proceeded to shake hands with the 93-year-old.
During the visit the Queen will be taken on the grand tour of the “pop-up” shop to discover the retail giants decorated history.
The Queen will also celebrate the milestone with a sweet treat, and be reunited with baker Claire Ptak, who designed the culinary centrepiece for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding in May 2018.
Ms Ptak, who owns the Violet cafe and bakery in east-London said it was a “great honour” to be chosen to make a cake for such an “iconic British brand”.
The Sainsbury’s store which first opened in 1869 has a rich history and during that period only sold butter, milk and eggs – a world away from what is on offer today.
During the Queen’s life, Sainsbury’s has contributed to British history through its contribution to the development of the rationing system during the Second World War and the introduction of self-service shopping in the 1950s.
Later on this afternoon the Queen will also embark on a modern-day shopping experience, by using a self-service check-out.
Among the guests fortunate enough to see her majesty include a number of staff who have spent more than 50 years with the company.
To mark the special visit the Queen will unveil a plaque at the site of the first store to mark the milestone.
Today’s visit culminates in a busy few days for the Queen who attended, along with Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and grandson Prince William, a lavish garden party inside the grounds of Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.
Around 8,000 people attended the Queen’s annual garden party.
On Sunday, her Majesty attend the annual Chelsea Flower Show in support of Kate.
Kate, 37, along with Prince William, 36, gave the Queen a special guided tour of the famous gardens.
Kate showed the nature-loving Queen her Back to Nature garden feature which she created along with landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects for the show.