A Beaverbrook resident received the royal treatment when he was invited to meet the Queen.
Gordon Henderson, director of business development at DOSarrest Internet Security, met Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in October. His company protects the Royal Household’s websites from hackers.
“They had us form a line and some mirrored doors open and low and behold there’s the Head of State and the Duke of Edinburgh,” said Henderson, former president of the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association. “They read our names out and one by one we met the Queen. I bowed…we shook hands and I said ‘It’s an honour to meet you, Your Majesty.’ After greeting the Queen I did the same thing with Prince Philip.”
“It’s one of those lifetime experiences and opportunities that you really couldn’t turn down.”
The Queen met a number of people and recognized various businesses that contributed to the success of the Diamond Jubilee.
“We were applauded for our good work,” said Henderson. “They were really happy for what we’re doing for them.”
Henderson said he received a personal tour of Buckingham Palace and met with the royal household’s information technology and telecommunications staff.
“They took us into the room that overlooks the balcony that the Royal Family goes out to on special occasions,” he said, adding they were served coffee, tea and cookies. “I think we saw places in the palace that other people don’t get to see.
“It was a great, great experience.”
The Diamond Jubilee celebrates the Queen’s sixty-year reign, which has been matched only once before, when Queen Victoria ruled for 63 years and seven months.