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Queen's Park Oak Planting

At 15 years of age, a young Princess Elizabeth instructed that acorns from Windsor Great Park be sent to Wellington New Zealand, to be planted in Queen’s Park – a site developed to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Unfortunately, the journey of these acorns might have been waylaid getting to the other side of the world, possibly due to World War II. Today, Dame Cindy and Dr Davies joined the Friends of Queen’s Park and the Thorndon Residents Association to fulfil the late Sovereign’s wish to see oak trees in this little park in Te Whanganui-a-tara. By the first oak, Dame Cindy unveiled a plaque commemorating the late Sovereigns Platinum Jubilee, and by the second oak a plaque was unveiled by Mayor Andy Foster, commemorating the 125th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. The afternoon was concluded with a fitting afternoon tea which included, naturally, Queen Elizabeth cake.

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Dame Cindy unveils the plaque at Queen's Park

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