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NFWI Centenary Annual Meeting

The NFWI hosted its Centenary Annual Meeting at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday 4 June 2015. The meeting was enjoyed by 5,100 members in the hall, and by thousands of viewers across the country as they tuned into the live broadcast of the proceedings.

We are truly honoured to have been joined by HM The Queen, HRH The Princess Royal, and HRH The Countess of Wessex at this year's very special meeting. HM The Queen is President of Sandringham WI, HRH The Princess Royal is a long-standing NFWI Associate, and HRH The Countess of Wessex is a member of Bagshot WI. Our royal guests presented national competition prizes, received the centenary link baton, cut a beautifully presented centenary fruit cake, and HM The Queen delivered a moving speech, congratulating the WI on its 100th anniversary. 

We also heard from three truly inspirational speakers: Lucy Worsley, English historian, curator and television presenter on history; Helena Morrissey, CEO of Newton Investment Management; and Tanni Grey-Thompson, British former wheelchair racer, parliamentarian and television presenter.

In addition to all of the above, Bleadon Belles the winners of the 'Singing for Joy' competition performed, and the Kingston Project showcased 11 stunning garments in a fashion show.  

The following speeches from the meeting are available to download:

HM The Queen

NFWI Chair, Janice Langley - opening address

NFWI Chair, Janice Langley - closing remarks

Hon. Treasurer, Julia Roberts - treasurers statement

If you wish to re watch the broadcast of the 2015 Annual Meeting please click here. Registration and viewing is free. An internet connection of 3mbps or more is required. The footage will be available to watch online until June 2016.

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For information on past Annual Meetings please click here