Her Majesty The Queen has officially opened one of the UK’s biggest Veterans housing projects in recent years with 68 homes at Haig Housing in Merton in South London where the council leader is a Cypriot.
The complex comprises the largest community of ex-Service personnel. This will provide much needed accommodation for ex-military personnel and their families.
Hundreds of school children from Abbotsbury Primary lined the entry waving Union Jack flags with raucous excitement as Her Majesty’s Bentley entered the estate. The Queen was met by the Lord Lieutenant of London, Sir Kenneth Olisa who then presented her to Deputy Lord Lieutenant Claire Whelan and Mayor Janice Howard from Merton Council.
The Chief Executive of Haig Homes Brig James Richardson then guided Her Majesty through a tour of the new estate, meeting beneficiaries, viewing some of the new homes, meeting architects, builders and contract agents. Brig Richardson also introduced Her Majesty to the Leader of Merton Council, Stephen Alambritis. Cllr Alambritis presented her to Cllr Dennis Pearce, the Armed Forces Champion for Merton Council and to the Chief Executive of Merton Council, Mr Ged Curran.
Queen Elizabeth was presented with a posy of flowers by 6-year-old Naomi Gurung before Her Majesty was introduced to participants in last year’s Long Walk Home, commemorating 100 years since the end of World War 1. The pathway through the new green area was lined with Haig Staff, family, friends and residents along with children from Morden Primary School. Her Majesty beamed as she accepted dozens of floral arrangements and even chuckled when one enthusiastic child yelled out to her “You’re the best Queen in the world!”
The Trustees of Haig and some senior staff were presented to Her Majesty, along with representatives from other Veterans charities, before the official unveiling of the Commemorative plinth.
Cllr Alambritis said: “We are so proud to be the base for the Head Quarters of Haig Homes here in Merton and this was indeed a very special day for all involved and those who witnessed it will treasure those memories”

Pictured: Cllr Alambritis introducing Her Majesty The Queen to colleagues on Merton Council. Photo: AcutePix

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