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Apr 23rd 2012

A stand fit for a Royal

Since 2008, we have worked on a number of high profile plaque unveiling stands for Royal events, which have involved members the royal family opening new buildings and undertaking the big reveal. Our Royal audience have included Prince Andrew HRH Duke of York, Princess Anne and Prince Phillip Duke of Edinburgh.

 Were not quite sure how we have inadvertently become quasi experts in the field and admittedly, it’s a slightly unusual narrow field of expertise, but we are extremely proud to be associated with these bespoke projects.

 To date, we have built bespoke plaque unveiling stands for the Royal College Of Art, a global defence firm, care homes and most recently the Queen Mary University in London.

 With not long to go until a grand opening of their new humanities building in East London, Queen Mary University required a stand that befitted the prestigious & high profile opening. Unlike previous projects where the plaques have been made from slate and hardwood, the university required a stand that could accommodate an extremely heavy Portland stone.

Crafting the base for the plaque unveiling stand

George Foden, Corporate Events Manager at QMUL commented “We contacted The Stand People at very short notice when we realised a bespoke solution would be required to support a very heavy Portland Stone plaque which would be unveiled by HRH The Princess Royal. Despite the very short lead time, David prepared a design which would not only fulfil the requirements for this particular unveiling, but could be re-used by the University for future events. The service received was fantastic and the event was a great success.”

Ram preparing the plaque unveiling stand for the run through

We thoroughly enjoy creating stands for any event but for obvious reasons there is always an added bit of pressure for events where a member of the Royal family will be using your product. Customer expectation is extremely high and our craftsmen have to be at the top of their game with the finish.

 As we’ve done several of these plaque unveiling stands now, it begs the question: how many plaque unveilings do the Royal family actually have to do? My guess is quite a few each year. Nevertheless, these projects are interesting and always given The Stand People ‘Royal treatment’.

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