Her Majesty The Queen

Her Majesty The Queen


To this date, the charity has been honoured through several Royal visits to Norwood services – from Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Princess Royal, as well as the late Princess of Wales, HRH Princess Alexandra and Sarah, Duchess of York.


In 1985 Her Majesty The Queen attended a reception at London's Guildhall to mark the 190th anniversary of Norwood. Former president of Norwood, the late Judge Israel Finestein, spoke to Her Majesty about all the different members of the Royal Family who had been Patrons before her.


Her Majesty's second visit was to the charity's Ravenswood facility in 2008, to meet staff and the people Norwood supports, and to open the Pamela Barnett Centre, now home to 16 adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities.


HRH The Princess Royal's first visit to Ravenswood was in 1973, when she opened the main building there. A second visit followed in February 2011, when Her Royal Highness toured Ravenswood's state-of-the-art equestrian facilities and watched and presented prizes at an equestrian event. Resident Michael Banbury presented Her Royal Highness with a collage of a horse, made by the Ravenswood art class.


In 1985 The Princess of Wales visited Ravenswood. Arriving by helicopter, she opened the new rose garden there, signing a book recording the planting of the garden's first rose in honour of HRH Prince Harry's birth. Ravenswood's then Honorary Chaplin Rev Reuben Turner had the pleasure of watching his daughter Sarah, a resident, present The Princess of Wales with a sculptured rose as a memento of the visit.


In 1997 HRH Princess Alexandra opened five homes for adults with learning difficulties at Ravenswood. Her Royal Highness took a particular interest in the lay-out of the homes, discussing Feng Shui and the impact it had on people's wellbeing.


In 2010, Sarah, Duchess of York visited Norwood's Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon and spoke at the Annual Dinner in the same year. She said: "Being at Norwood filled my heart and restored my faith in human nature."