Bettina Scherer was five years old when she met the Queen during her visit to Bundaberg 68 years ago and this month she will recount her memories at a special high tea event to commemorate Her Majesty's life.
The Moncrieff Entertainment Centre will host the Royal Remembrance High Tea on Saturday 22 October with the community invited along to hear from residents who were lucky enough to be present for Queen Elizabeth's Bundaberg tour.
As the daughter of Fred Buss, who was Mayor at the time, Bettina was given the special task of welcoming the queen with a curtsey.
She still has the white dress she wore on the special day in her possession.
“I was only five years old, so what I can remember is walking up to the Queen and I had my cousin sitting next to me, she was six years older, and I think she was there in case I didn’t perform,” Bettina said.
“I curtseyed and I guess I would have practiced that a lot, there were directions for the royal curtsey sent to us.
“The bouquet I gave her (the Queen) included double gerberas from local Bauer’s Nursery, and the dress was made by a lady in Bundaberg.”
Bettina will share more of her memories of the Queen’s visit, which was declared Bundaberg’s proudest day, at the high tea event.
Champagne high tea event details
The Royal Remembrance High Tea will take place on Saturday 22 October from 10.30 am with tickets available for $75 each.
Guests will be treated to a delectable high tea on the Moncrieff stage, with a menu featuring a handmade selection of gourmet treats served with champagne and bottomless tea and coffee.
There will also be entertainment provided by a special guest pianist on the magnificent Steinway Grand Piano.
Funds raised from this event will benefit the Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Appeal.
Purchase your tickets for the event here.
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