Soham teenager Callum Fairhurst was delighted to meet the Queen today – along with dignitaries, fundraisers, community champions and schoolchildren from across Cambridgeshire.
The sun shone over Burghley House in Stamford as around 10,000 people gathered for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Picnic.
The event, which was held in the grounds of the Elizabethan country house, featured aerial fly pasts, military bands, dance and musical performances and plenty of food and drink.
It was organised to not only celebrate the Queen’s 60-year reign, but also the success of those determined to make a difference in their community.
Droves of dignitaries and local community champions, including Soham charity fundraiser Callum and volunteers from Headway Cambridgeshire, enjoyed the picnic.
Around 300 children from schools across Cambridgeshire also attended.
Callum, 15, actually got to meet the Queen in person.
He tweeted about the experience throughout the day, saying: “Her Majesty just called me splendid. I feel like crying happiness.”
He added: “I am so amazed. I’m not washing my hands. I’m on a high.”
Callum has been determined to ensure the fundraising legacy of his older brother Liam lives on, following his death in 2009.
Liam, who raised more than £350,000 for the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent, died after a long battle with cancer. He was aged just 14.
Since his sibling’s death, Callum has gone on to raise tens of thousands of pounds for the charity and scooped accolades for his determination, including a Diana Award.
Enid Bedford, from Witchford, an instructor and organiser for the Elysian Riding for the Disabled Group for 36 years, was also invited to the picnic.
The Queen arrived at Burghley House by helicopter at 12.15pm.
As well as enjoying the entertainment and meeting people, she also planted a tree there to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee.
A spokesman for Cambridgeshire County Council who attended the picnic described the atmosphere on the day as “amazing” and said Burghley House was the “perfect venue”.
Schools from Cambridgeshire which attended were Bar Hill Primary; Orchard Park Primary; Meridian Primary; Histon and Impington Primary; Granta School, Linton; Castle School, Cambridge; Gamlingay Village College; Ashbeach Primary School, Ramsey St Mary’s.