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!
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