Michael meets Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace party

Michael Bower, from Barnoldswick, at Buckingham Palace. (S)
Michael Bower, from Barnoldswick, at Buckingham Palace. (S)
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A Barnoldswick man enjoyed a date at Buckingham Palace when he attended a Royal garden party.

Michael Bower, who lives at Carr Beck, and wife Kate joined hundreds of guests at the event and he was introduced to the Duke of Edinburgh at the final garden party of the season.

Mr Bower is one of the directors of Waddington Turner Wall in Keighley and the opportunity came through his involvement with the British Healthcare Association of which he is currently President.

During the party, also attended by the Queen and Will and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Philip spent some time talking to Mr Bower about what his role involves.

He also asked how the healthcare cover offered by companies like Sovereign Healthcare, where Mr Bower is a non-executive director, benefit the public. Mr Bower, who is also Chairman of the company’s Charities Committee, spoke to the Prince about the funding they provide to local charities including the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

When Prince Philip learned the Mr Bower was a solicitor specialising in litigation and equine law he quipped: “I know who to come to if someone sells me a dud horse!”.

Mr Bower said: “The whole experience was amazing. To get to see inside Buckingham Palace, meet a member of the Royal family and enjoy the spectacle of a garden party was a real honour.”