Duke hands out Queen's telegram in person to surprised Sheffield woman

The Duke of Gloucester meets Broomgrove resident Jean Callin (seated) with Broomgrove manager Donna Pierpoint.

The Duke of Gloucester meets Broomgrove resident Jean Callin (seated) with Broomgrove manager Donna Pierpoint.

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A 100 year old Sheffield woman celebrated her centenary year in an extra special way.

Nursing home resident, Betty Richardson's telegram from the Queen was delivered in person by Her Royal Highness' cousin, The Duke of Gloucester.

The Duke of Gloucester meets 100 year-old Broomgrove resident Betty Richardson

The Duke of Gloucester meets 100 year-old Broomgrove resident Betty Richardson

The royal dropped in at Sheffield's Broomgrove Care Home where he met staff and residents.

The Duke, Prince Richard, the youngest grandchild of KIng George V, took special interest in Betty as his own mother, Princess Alice, lived to the ripe old age of 102 years-old.

He asked Mrs Richardson if her position as elder of the home carried any sway.

"I get my own way quite a lot", admitted the sprightly 100 year old.

Donna Pierpoint, the manager at Broomgrove Care Home, said: "It's not every day you get a member of the royal family visiting a care home!

"Everyone thoroughly enjoyed meeting him and I hope the Duke of Gloucester now has more of an appreciation about the work we do and the quality of life we provide for our residents."

Everyone then enjoyed a special performance by the Lost Chord, the South Yorkshire-based charity that specialise in providing interactive music sessions for dementia sufferers.

His Royal Highness, twenty-fourth in line to the British throne, also chatted to 95-year-old Broomgrove resident Jean Callin, the former leader of Sheffield Chamber Orchestra, and 67-year-old Rod Knowles, one of the home's youngest residents.

Broomgrove is situated on Broomgrove Road, just off Ecclesall Road. It is the only care home of its kind with a charitable status in the city and surrounding region.

A 'Centenarian Team' has reportedly been set up in Whitehall in recent years to cope with the increase in people reaching 100 years old.

Extra staff have apparently been employed to keep track of the number of citizens approaching the century mark, a figure which is now 70 per cent more than a decade ago.