Terri Beer, Independent Councillor for Plympton and Erle ward, said she met the Queen on two occasions, once at Plymouth Train Station and at a Buckingham Palace Garden party. She said Her Majesty inspired her duties as Lord Mayor in 2021.
Queen Elizabeth II passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2022 aged 96 after a 70-year reign as monarch. Terri told us about how even through personal tragedy, she has tried to face it ‘head on’ like the Queen did. Terri added that she very much ‘admired’ the Queen and described herself as a royalist.
During her time as Lord Mayor of Plymouth, when she was the Queen’s representative for the city, she used to watch clips of the Queen’s speeches to try to deliver hers with equal professionalism and dignity.
Terri said she first met the Queen at Plymouth Station when she travelled by train to the city in 2015. She said the Queen was walking right towards her and she felt a moment of excitement before she quickly diverted to two children standing beside her who had been waiting in the cold to meet her. Terri captured a beautiful photograph of the Queen on the platform dressed in pink.
The second time she met the Queen was at a Buckingham Palace Garden party where she greeted the guests. Terri said while talking to people in 2008, the Queen commented on how ‘hot’ the gardens had been that afternoon. Terri added that it was nice that she stopped to speak to people.
Terri told PlymouthLive: “I took a lead from the Queen when I was Lord Mayor. She had an impact on my duties serving the city. I very much admired Her Majesty the Queen, she was an amazing woman.
“The role as Lord Mayor is the Queen’s representative of the city, now the King’s, so to take on that big role is an important thing to do. You have to deliver that in a good way, it was a lovely year that we had despite the tragedy [Covid-19] that hit.”
She continued: “I met her at Buckingham Palace Garden Party in 2008 and we were lined up and being introduced to Her Majesty and she came up to my husband and I and spoke to a person standing beside us. She was explaining how hot it was in the gardens that afternoon- it was very hot- and it was nice she stopped and spoke to us.”
Terri said when the Queen arrived by train at Plymouth Station in 2015: “I met her at the station and she was walking straight towards me. I thought oh my gosh and had a moment of excitement, the Queen is going to speak to me. Just at that moment her eyes glanced over at the children beside me and she went straight over to them- which I would have done. They had been waiting in the cold to meet the Queen.
“I managed to get a nice close-up photograph of her as she walked past in her pink outfit.”
She added: “I am quite a strong royalist so I devote myself to anything the Royal Family would ever want me to do. Queen Elizabeth II gave me the inspiration to be able to carry out my role as Lord Mayor in the city and I reflected on times when she had personal tragedy, how she faced it head-on.
“I tried to portray that in what I did, although I was a little more emotional than Her Majesty as she managed to hold it all back. I used to look at YouTube videos on how she delivered speeches and things to make sure I could deliver them as equally professionally and with dignity as she did.”