Whether it is classic cars or specially-baked cakes, Masons
were prominent in events that took place in April to celebrate
the Queen’s 80th birthday.
One of the most picturesque events was the parade of 80
British motor vehicles, one manufactured in each year of the
Queen’s life, which were proudly displayed on the parade
ground at Buckingham Palace.
The event, organised by the All-Party Parliamentary
Group, was organised by Mason John Cole, assisted by Peter
Baxter and Peter Lusty, all of Merantune Lodge No. 6149,
Province of Surrey.
Of the 80 vehicles, 12 were owned by Masons. The event
raised more than £11,000 for the RNLI, the charity
nominated by the Queen.
For 50 years Graham Chubb, a Master Baker and the third
generation of his family to take up the profession, has been
turning out cakes that are fit for a Queen.
And, when the Queen’s 80th birthday came around and
Her Majesty invited others who celebrated their eighth
decade on the same day to Buckingham Palace, there on
television in the reception area of the Gallery where the lunch
took place, was Graham’s cake.
The 60lb cake had been sent up to London by car and
was the 17th in a line of cakes Graham has made for a
Graham, who lives at Woolston near Taunton in Somerset,
is a member of Quantock Lodge No. 4446. A national and
international cake artist, he is a judge at cake exhibitions and
also teaches cake decoration. His cakes are made from a secret
recipe first used by Graham’s grandfather when he started the
family business in 1900 at Street in Somerset.
The two-tier cake was deep cream in colour, with
highlights of pink, lilac and gold. The top tier rested on the
18-inch square base cake. The sides of the bottom tier were
decorated with festoons of wisteria, while the Queen’s love
of horses was reflected in the horses’ heads that adorned
the sides of the top tier, the whole cake being surmounted
by a horse.
Both the cipher and signature of the Queen were used
in the design, and a sweeping mass of pink Queen Elizabeth
roses came from the top tier to the bottom.
Graham Chubb with his cake baked
for the Queen’s 80th birthday
Mason John Cole, who helped
organise the British car display
at Buckingham Palace, with
the Duchess of Gloucester
Some of the 80 cars make their
way into Buckingham Palace
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