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Garden party

Earlier this year, the Queen invited couples married in 1947, the same year as herself, to join her at a garden party in July. The Lord Lieutenant reports that 154 couples have applied from Ayrshire, of which two are from Arran.

Overall, the palace authorities have been astonished at the response, having 4,000 places and 34,000 applications. They appear to have underestimated the staying power – at both life and marriage – of those married in 1947.

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