The Queen visits Sainsbury's to celebrate its 150th anniversary

Published 22 May 2019
The Queen visits Sainsbury's to celebrate its 150th anniversary

Today The Queen was taken back in time to Sainsbury’s stores from the past to celebrate the British retail chain’s 150th anniversary.

The pop-up experience in London’s Covent Garden included a recreation of the very first store, founded by John James and Mary Ann Sainsbury on London’s Drury Lane in May 1869. It sold just butter, milk and eggs.

Sainsbury’s 150th anniversary celebrations focus on the colleagues and customers who have helped shape the business over the years.

Her Majesty met employees who have been involved in fundraising and volunteering in their local communities.

During her visit to Covent Garden today, The Queen explored some of the technology which customers use today, including self-service tills.

Her Majesty unveiled a plaque and cut a cake to mark the 150th anniversary of Sainsbury’s. cake. The cake was baked by Claire Ptak, who made The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding cake last year.