Queen to Mark 150th Anniversary of Sainsbury’s

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THE QUEEN WILL MARK THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF SAINSBURY’S

Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Her Majesty The Queen will visit a replica of one of the original Sainsbury’s stores in Covent Garden on the occasion of their 150th anniversary on Wednesday 22nd May 2019.

To celebrate the milestone, Sainsbury’s will launch a pop-up experience based on the very first store in London’s Drury Lane which sold just three items – butter, milk and eggs.

Hosted by Lord and Lady Sainsbury, The Queen will be taken on a journey through 150 years of Sainsbury’s history. Her Majesty will experience a detailed recreation of an original store, highlighting key moments in time from Sainsbury’s contribution to the development of rationing to the introduction of self-service shopping in the 1950s. The Queen will also view some of the modern day innovations and technology that customers use today, such as self-service tills.

During the visit, The Queen will meet Sainsbury’s employees from around the country, including people with over 50 years’ service and others who have made an impact in their community by volunteering or charity fundraising.

The visit will conclude when Her Majesty cuts a cake and unveils a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion, in celebration of Sainsbury’s wider 150th birthday celebrations. The Queen will receive a posy upon departure.

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