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Queen's passing brings back memories for BCC deputy chair Delia Cannings
The sad passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II brought back proud memories for British Cleaning Council deputy chair Delia Cannings. Delia, who was then working as head of vocational sciences at a Birmingham college, was awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2002, for training that was specifically focused on the cleaning & hygiene industry.
She was invited to a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Afterwards, Delia was honoured to talk with both the Queen and Prince Philip.
She recalls: "I met both the Queen and Prince Philip at the same time. It is such a wonderful memory. It was an absolute honour and I shall remember it dearly for the rest of my lifetime.
"After the event in the Picture Gallery, the Queen discussed the cleaning issues encountered at Windsor after the fire.
"The chandeliers she mentioned were 'simply ghastly to clean' whilst Prince Philip was more concerned with the state of ditches in the countryside due to rubbish dumping.
"Also he was mesmerised by the see-through vacuum. 'Such a novel idea', he said, and asked me if I had one."
22nd September 2022