The Royal Family & The WI


HRH Queen Mary invited Madge Watt, who found the first WI in Great Britain, to form a WI at Sandringham, and the Queen became its President. 

This tradition was followed by future members of the Royal family. 

HM Queen Elizabeth II became a WI member in 1943 when she was still Princess Elizabeth; her Mother was President of Sandringham WI.

Her Majesty The Queen is still President of Sandringham WI. HRH

The Countess of Wessex is a member of Bagshot WI, Surrey. 

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is a member of Tetbury WI, Gloucestershire. 

HRH Princess Anne is an Associate Member.

A speech by The Queen at the Sandringham Women's Institute, 2009

https://www.royal.uk/sandringham-womens-institute-22-january-2009

The Queen's Speech - Women's Institute Centenary Annual Meeting



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