St Albans businesswoman mingles with royalty at Buckingham Palace

Lisa at the garden party. Picture: Albany Pet Services

Lisa at the garden party. Picture: Albany Pet Services - Credit: Archant

A St Albans businesswoman mingled with royalty at Prince Charles’ birthday party in Buckingham Palace.

Lisa Sinnott, of Albany Pet Services, was invited to garden party for the future king’s 70th birthday celebrations on May 22.

The newly married royals, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, also attended - as their first official engagement since the highly publicised wedding.

Prince Harry made a speech praising his father, and Camilla Parker Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall, was also in attendance.

The Band of the Welsh Guards and Borough Welsh Choir performed at the event.

Lisa was invited, along with 386 other representatives, because her business is supported by The Prince’s Trust.

She said: “It was an amazing experience to spend the afternoon at Buckingham Palace. There were hundreds of charities there that Prince Charles supports and it was heart-warming to hear Prince Harry speak about how his dad inspires him and his brother with all of his hard work for charity.

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“I took my mum along as my guest and we had a lovely time listening to the brass band, choir and walking round the beautiful grounds in the sunshine. It was also great to meet some fellow businesses from The Prince’s Trust. It really was a very special day and I feel very, very lucky to have been invited.

“Thank you to the Prince’s Trust for their ongoing support.”

Lisa’s Prince’s Trust business mentor Peter Barker said “It was great that Lisa was invited to share this special day and to represent The Prince’s Trust too.

“She has worked really hard to establish and grow her pet care business in St Albans and to be recognised in this way is a real reflection of the hard work she has done to build a successful business.”

Lisa won a ‘Woo-Hoo’ Recognition for Achievement in Business award from St Albans Businesses in June 2017.

She grew up in St Albans and was educated first at St Albans Girls’ School and then at Sandringham School.

The Prince’s Trust was founded in 1976 by Prince Charles and is dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged young people in the UK.

Since then it has supported more than 825,000 young people across the country. To find out more, visit