Gravesend Queen's guardsman sends message to Wills and Kate
PUBLISHED: 14:34 28 April 2011 | UPDATED: 14:55 28 April 2011
Formerly a member of a special guard protecting the Her Majesty, one man will celebrate his 90th birthday as the Queen's grandson gets married.
Sidney Bardoe, of Armoury Drive Gravesend, formed part of Queen Elizabeth’s guard in Kenya during a visit in the 1950s. Sixty years on, he and wife Kathleen, who turns 90 two weeks later, will watch as Prince William ties the knot.
“I am very patriotic about the Royal Family so I am delighted for them. We will be watching,” he said.
“It is a big year for us, added Mrs Bardoe.
“I was born on Friday 13 and will have my 90th on Friday 13 so I hope it’s not a sign.”
A former gunner at Garrison Point fort, Sheerness, Sidney met Kathleen when she arrived as a Wren serving the naval station. “There were 300 men and only eight women so I was very pleased to catch her eye,” he said.
The couple were married in 1941 and will celebrate their Platinum anniversary in October.
Mr Bardoe continued to fight in the war and was part of the invading force that marched on Germany, while Mrs Bardoe brought up the first three of four sons – James, John, Jeremy and Colin.
The family later moved to Kenya where Sidney worked with the army before returning to Gravesend.