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Barbara Kelly represents the University at this year’s Royal Garden Party

Jun 11, 2019

Barbara and her husband at the Royal Garden Party
Barbara and her husband at the Royal Garden Party

The Programme Assistant and Salford veteran was nominated to attend Buckingham Palace, in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to join the annual celebration, despite the weather being “a bit pants”.

Barbara, who works in the School of Science, Engineering and Environment, took her husband along on the 29 May to enjoy the high spirits in the grounds of Britain’s most famous palace.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Helen Marshall said: “Barbara was nominated as someone who represents our Salford Values:  she always puts the students at the forefront of everything that she does and frequently goes the extra mile to make them feel welcomed and supported.”

She added: “Barbara has spent many years dedicating herself to Higher Education and ensuring that the part that she plays makes a difference. She regularly volunteers for Open Days and Applicant Visit Days and sees the importance of making a good first impression with prospective students and their parents.”

Her Majesy The Queen / Image: Barbara Kelly

Barbara spoke of her joy in being nominated: “What an amazing opportunity to receive such a fantastic gift from the university. I was lost for words when I received the news and for anyone who knows me, knows, I am never lost for words.”

She spoke of the day’s extraordinary events: “Seeing the Queen was a once in a life time opportunity which I very much doubt will come my way again, the Queen looked beautiful. I myself felt like a duchess for the day! Seeing everyone dressed in their best was great to see, it was a great day I will never forget.   

“A heartfelt thank you to all who were involved in orchestrating this amazing day.”