Queen makes surprise visit to open hospice
The Queen made a surprise visit to a hospice with the Princess Royal to open her new centre.
he monarch traveled the short distance from her home at Windsor Castle to Maidenhead to visit Thames Hospice and meet staff, volunteers and a patient.
For over 30 years, the hospice has provided palliative and end-of-life care and support to people in East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire.
Its services are free for those in need of care, and more than 50% of the £13million annual running cost comes from charitable support.
On Tuesday, the Queen celebrated the achievements of the NHS over the decades by awarding the institution the George Cross at a ceremony she hosted in Windsor.
The 96-year-old head of state was joined by the Prince of Wales for an event where health officials from the four home countries each received the medal.