I am feeling unashamedly royalist today! Our wonderful Queen has been on the throne for 60 years. What an achievement! Here she is today doing a ‘walk-about’ in King’s Lynn Norfolk.
She became Queen on the death of her father, King George VI, on 6th February 1952. She herself was in Kenya when her father died, as she and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh were visiting on the King’s behalf as he was too ill. How sad that she wasn’t with him! What a mixture of emotions she must have had! Have a look here for some pictures of those moments.
Queen Elizabeth has an unerring dedication and sense of duty to our country and the Commonwealth. Here’s an extract of her message for today.
"In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness, examples of which I have been fortunate to see throughout my reign and which my family and I look forward to seeing in many forms as we travel throughout the United Kingdom and the wider Commonwealth."
Queen Elizabeth II and her consort, Prince Phillip
I think we have a brilliant year ahead with double celebration, the Queen’s diamond jubilee, and the Olympics in London! Bring it on!