|A small place on its 475th birthday|
welcomes a Queen who has just
celebrated her 90th.
Berkhamsted, Herts. punches above its weight.
It barely has 16,000 residents but its history puts it on the map:
|Waiting for the Queen, well-wishers|
line the street across from the
- Its Castle was the place in 1066 the Saxon nobles came to bow down to William the Conqueror of Normany.
- It is now a train stop and a market town in the Chiltern Hills, 26 miles northwest of London.
- It's the home of Ashridge Business School.
- And it's the home of the Berkhamsted Boys and Girls Schools.
|Berkhamsted School candidates are decked out in |
Union Jack hats.
Eight of my nieces and nephews attended the Berkhamsted Boys School or Girls School–Benny Oakley; Roisin, Caitrin, Liadain and Ailise O'Neill; and Matthew, Kate and Jo Paice. A ninth, Desmond Oakley, was offered a place but preferred to attend the Cavendish School where his brother Chris went, because Cavendish fielded a football team whereas Berkhamsted Boys played only rugby.