Jon’s royal appointment

March artisan Jon Beer shakes hands with the Queen
March artisan Jon Beer shakes hands with the Queen

FORMER March man Jon Beer had a right royal appointment recently when he got to meet not only the Queen but also Kate Middleton and Camilla.

Jon, who is the only son of March couple Mick and Sue Beer, was one of 32 craftmen who were invited to display their work at the Crafting Excellence Exhibition in Fortnum and Masons - the exhibition runs until July 29.

He was one of 10 Queen Elizabeth Student Trust (QEST) Scholars invited to meet the three royals when they visited back in March.

QEST is the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association and has awarded £1.7 million to 253 craftspeople for study training and work experience.

Jon, who now lives and works in Nicaragua, was awarded his Scholarship in 2002 enabling him to complete a degree in Furniture Design at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University.

And last year he was commissioned by the Royal Warrant Holders Association to produce a box for the wedding of William and Kate as part of a present to the couple - the box which was made of wood reclaimed from the devastation caused by Hurricane Felix in Nicaragua, is housed within the Royal collections.

Jon is a former student of both March Neale-Wade School and College of West Anglia. He was also a lecturer at the Wisbech college until 2007 and still keeps in touch with many of his former students.

He is currently technical consultant for the largest furniture maker in Nicaragua as well as continuing with his own design projects, such as his range of wooden boxes.

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