05:29AM, Wednesday 28 November 2012
The Queen took time out from a state visit to mark a Windsor hospice's 25th anniversary today.
Her Majesty visited Thames Hospicecare, which is celebrating two and a half decades of providing medical and nursing care for patients with life limiting illnesses.
The head of state was met on arrival by The Hon Mrs Bayliss, Lord Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire and introduced to the hospice's senior management team.
She was then given a tour by chief executive Jacqueline Clark before chatting to excited staff and volunteers and meeting patients.
Her Majesty was visiting for the third time after opening the Pine Lodge hospice in Hatch Lane, in November 1987 and she visited again in October 2002 to open a new extension.
Among those she spoke to were Adele Silvey, 69, who has worked at the hospice since it opened, and has met the Queen twice before.
The mum-of-two and grandmother said: "It was an honour to meet her again and she was astounded I had been there for 25 years and said how quickly the time has gone.
"She has a special way and is a special person."
The Queen also unveiled a plaque to commemorate the 25th anniversary and her visit. She also signed the visitors' book.
A posy of flowers was also given to her by Lucy Doyle, 11, from Maidenhead, whose mother was cared for at the hospice.
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