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Queen tells of hopes that Stormont can be restored

Queen attends garden party at Buckingham Palace
Queen attends garden party at Buckingham Palace

By Caitlin Doherty

The Queen has said she hopes a government can be formed in Northern Ireland as "civil servants can't do all the jobs".

She made the comments to a PSNI staff member who attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace yesterday.

Ann, who has more than four decades of service with the PSNI, said: "(The Queen) talked about Northern Ireland and the lack of government. She said she hoped there would be a government, the civil servants can't do all the jobs."

Ann, who joined the force when she was 17, was invited to Buckingham Palace in recognition of her long service with the PSNI. She said the Queen also asked about her departments and different work throughout her time with the force.

The Queen's garden parties take place every year and at yesterday's event she was accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of York.

The 8,000 invited guests were served tea and cake in the gardens.

The Queen wore a powder blue and pink dress by Stuart Parving and a hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan, and the Duchess of Cambridge wore a pink dress by Alexander McQueen, with matching hat by Juliette Botterill.

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