Have there been any royal members of the WI?
Queen Mary invited Madge Watt to form a WI at Sandringham, and the Queen became President. This tradition was followed by future members of the royal family. The Queen became a WI member in 1943 when she was still Princess Elizabeth; her Mother was President of Sandringham WI. The NFWI sent a loyal address from the AGM held after her accession to the throne.
In 1952 members passed a resolution at the AGM - 'that this meeting, remembering that our young Queen has duties as a wife and mother urges the nation as a whole not to overwork her Majesty ....' so WI did not invite her to do very much for a while!
HM The Queen is still President of Sandringham WI. HRH The Countess of Wessex is a member of Bagshot WI, Surrey. HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is a member of Tetbury WI, Gloucestershire. HRH Princess Anne is an Associate Member.
Contact the NFWI
- Phone: 020 7371 9300
- Open hours: 9am–5pm Mon–Fri
- Address: 104 New Kings Road, London SW6 4LY
Or fill in the contact form... to email a specific department