Doncaster cadet Jack’s royal appointment with the Queen

Doncaster Sea Cadets in London.
Doncaster Sea Cadets in London.
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A young Doncaster sea cadet was invited to lunch with the Queen - after he penned a letter praising the monarch.

Jack Smithson, a member of the Doncaster Sea Cadets, was one of 22 cadets across the UK to win a competition to explain in 50 words what the Queen means to them.

Jack Smithson at The Mall.

Jack Smithson at The Mall.

He joined the other winners for the Patron’s Lunch on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace on June 12, which was also attended by the Queen, who is the cadets’ patron, along with Prince Philip, Prince Andrew, The Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward, Prince William, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Part of Jack’s winning entry read: “The Queen means the world to me, she protects our country and brings money to Great Britain.

“Every country knows Great Britain has a queen and she is symbolic to the United Kingdom.

“She’s graceful and always looks nice and her favourite colour is yellow the same as my mums.”

The Queen and Prince Philip at The Mall.

The Queen and Prince Philip at The Mall.

Heather Blades, commanding officer for the Doncaster Sea Cadets, who also attended on the day, said: “It was the highlight of both of our sea cadet experiences so far. Although it rained until lunchtime it didn’t dampen our spirits and we kept on smiling like true Brits.”