THREE primary pupils from Sheldon have been rubbing shoulders with royalty in Westminster Abbey for the first royal celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee.
St Thomas More Catholic Primary was the only primary school in Solihull and Birmingham to have students attend the Commonwealth Observance Day on Monday March 12 alongside royalty, 300 Commonwealth Ambassadors, church leaders and 1,000 other children from across the UK.
Aaron Seward, Aisling O’Connor and Sinead Walton were chosen to attend the event thanks to their winning entries to the Royal Commonwealth Society Jubilee Time Capsule competition.
Accompanied by deputy head Malcolm Tipping and teaching assistant Ann Shakespeare, the lucky children travelled down to London to watch the procession of 54 flags of the Commonwealth led through the Abbey before Her Majesty the Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Camilla and the Countess of Wessex.
Singers and speakers from across the Commonwealth performed at the prestigious event, including Canadian singer Rufus Wainwright and Hugh Masekela from South Africa.
Mr Tipping said: “The school were very proud to represent Birmingham and Solihull Primary Schools and the children did themselves proud.
“It will be a day that they will never forget and are proud that we shared in the start of Her Majesty’s Jubilee celebration.”