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Hospital Volunteer Beryl Carr with her MBE

Royal hat-trick for Beryl


The pomp and circumstance of a Coronation is rare given Queen Elizabeth II was the longest reigning monarch in British history but centenarian Beryl Carr notched up her third celebration on Saturday.

Beryl was all set to see her first coronation in 1937 but it was cancelled when Edward VIII abdicated the throne to George VI.

The 101-year-old, who still volunteers one day a week at the League of Friends Café at Ealing Hospital, had some celebrating of her own to do when she finally received her MBE for her services as a volunteer after not being able to make the official ceremony.

Hospital staff celebrate coronation Beryl started working in the Friends Café as a sprightly 80 year-old in 2003 preparing food and working on the till.

“I’ve made a fair few sandwiches in my time but I really enjoy the social side of it. I can’t think of anything worse than being stuck in front of the TV all day.

“The great thing about volunteering is that you are helping other people but in funny way you are helping yourself as well.”

Beryl was born in 1922 when George V was on the throne, Gandhi was imprisoned for opposing British rule in India, and archaeologist Howard Carter unearthed Tutankhamun’s tomb.

Nurses across the trust joined in the coronation celebrations which was watched by an estimated 20 million viewers in the UK.


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