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After being badly damaged by fire Hartwell House, College of Citizenship was re-opened in June 1963 by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
On arrival the Queen Mother was met by the Lord Lieutenant of Bucks Brigadier Sir Henry Floyd. Inside the house she met principal Miss Dorothy Neville-Rolfe along with the architect.
Many of the students who had given up their holidays after the fire to clean out the damaged interior also got to meet the Royal visitor. In the ballroom which had escaped damage Anthea Stamberg, a student presented the Queen Mother with a bouquet in the middle of which was a clove gillyflower - a deep red carnation. For 400 years until 1645, this flower was the token rent paid to the Crown for the manor of Hartwell.
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