RNIB plants tree to honour Queen Elizabeth II

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) commemorated its late patron Queen Elizabeth II by planting a tree in Hillside Crescent Gardens, opposite the charity’s headquarters in Edinburgh, on March 15.

In addition to an act of remembrance, the ceremony, which was attended by Robert Aldridge, Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, was part of the Green Canopy tree planting initiative introduced to mark the Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee in 2022.

A plaque was placed alongside the tree, that thanked, in both text and braille, Queen Elizabeth II for her support as patron of the blind and partially sighted community of Edinburgh and Scotland.

RNIB chief executive Matt Stringer said: ‘Her Majesty became RNIB’s patron in 1952 and made a tremendous contribution to our work. She was a passionate advocate for the rights of blind and partially sighted people and generously hosted many receptions on our behalf.’

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