100 reasons to cheer for Duncraig centurion

Tess Wright and daughter Jan Barrie watching Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.
Tess Wright and daughter Jan Barrie watching Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.

CELEBRATIONS continue for ardent royalist Tess Wright (nee Warren) as she marks her 100th birthday today.

Mrs Wright was born in London in on May 28, 1918 and at the age of five she made her royal connection.

In 1923 she was the poster child for a national charitable fundraising event called Alexandra Rose Day.

Tess Wright (nee Warren) with Princess Alexandra in 1923.

“She was photographed with Princess Alexandra, who was formerly the Queen of the UK, then the Queen’s mother, and Yel, who was the canine mascot for Rose Day,” daughter Jan Barrie said.

“The picture was taken by her uncle who was a photographer at Buckingham Palace and it appeared in newspapers and on posters right around the UK and in a best-selling book about Yel and his Rose Day mascot duties.”

Ms Barrie said her mum was still “a keen royalist”, with the pair watching Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.

“We celebrated with our own tiaras, bridal bouquet, salmon and cucumber sandwiches, cups of tea and, of course, some wedding cake,” she said.

Tess Wright (nee Warren) in her late 20s in London.

Mrs Wright is the mother of one, used to be a fashion designer and dressmaker, has lived in the UK, US and Australia and was married to Ken Wright until he died in 2010.

She will be celebrating 100 years with a lunch at her favourite restaurant with friends and family, including cousins who are flying from the UK especially for the occasion.

The parties will continue later in the week at her home at Lady McCusker Village in Duncraig with fellow residents and carers.

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