Saturday 17th June 2017

Carnival Royalty

Carnival VIPs 2016

Hanwell Carnival has chosen its three VIPs to lead the 2016 procession.

The new Queen is Lovely Vaid, princess is Holly Fitzgerald-Munro and Alex Chudek was crowned prince.

The judges – Mayor of Ealing Councillor Harbhajan Kaur Dheer and consort Councillor Ranjit Dheer, Councillor Joanna Camadoo and former carnival queen Jo Evans – had a tough job deciding between the applicants at the selection event in Hanwell Community Centre on Sunday 24 April.

The mayor said it was a very difficult decision and paid tribute to the organisers of Hanwell Carnival.

Ms Camadoo said: “There was a great range of candidates, all very enthusiastic.”

Prince Alex, who attends Oaklands Primary School in Hanwell, said: “I’m looking forward to the parade and waving to all the people.”

The eight-year-old is a real community champion and loves Hanwell for its “nice people”.

Holly, eight, who lives in West Ealing and is a pupil at St Mark’s Primary in Hanwell, is “looking forward to seeing all the people smiling”.

She goes to carnival every year and is a big fan of the dog show.

The new queen is no stranger to Hanwell Carnival – beautician and mother-of-two Lovely Vaid has been part of our royal family before.

Mrs Vaid, 31, from Greenford, said: “I like to help the community. I really enjoyed the day and wanted to be involved in carnival again.”