‘Mr Petersfield’ recalls the day he caught the eye of the Queen

Monday 19th September 2022 8:00 am
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MR PETERSFIELD David Weeks has been a royalist all his life – and was very emotional as he recalled the day he shared a few words with the Queen.

David, home again after collapsing being brought back to life by passers-by at a train station, has always tried to attend the Queen’s celebrations.

For the silver jubilee he was with Billy Smart’s circus at Windsor Great Park, was at Westminster Abbey for the golden jubilee, and at the diamond jubilee travelled to London, Portsmouth and Petersfield to make sure he didn’t miss the fun.

But it was at the Queen’s walkabout at Windsor Castle on her 90th birthday when he caught her eye.

David was kitted out in his glitzy Mr Petersfield suit, complete with union flags, and he said: “It was very emotional.

“When she came by she looked over and she told me I had a magnificent costume.

“I said ‘thank you, ma’am’. It brought tears to my eyes and I had a job to speak.

“I would say it was one of the best moments of my life. I wouldn’t have missed it for anything.”

David had left bright and early to make sure he had a front-row view of the Queen during her walkabout to meet the public.

“I got the first train from Petersfield at 5.08am, and I got to Windsor and Eton at 7.20am.

“When I was there I got a place at the front, and I was stood in the same place for about four-and-a-half hours. I stood by the Queen Victoria statue, and the Queen walked from Windsor Castle to the statue.”

David’s decision to arrive early paid off, as the crowds soon built up for the historic occasion.

“There were hundreds of people when I got there, but within an hour it was thousands,” he said.

“The press started turning up from 7.30am, and I had lots of pictures taken. I must have done interviews with more than 200 journalists from all over the world.

“I think I spoke to all the national papers as well as press from Africa, Australia, New Zealand and America.”

David also enjoyed the camaraderie on the day. “Everybody was talking and the friendliness was unbelievable. It was out of this world. There were people from all over the country, and it brought a lot of people together.

“There were a lot of children singing happy birthday your majesty. We couldn’t have had a better day for it. Everybody was warm-hearted.

“She did a lot for the country and made you proud to be British.”

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