2012 is a year of celebration for the United Kingdom. Not only are we hosting the Olympics, but this is the year our Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee. More than just a figurehead, our Queen is a well-loved monarch, whose life has been a wonderful example of duty and service. It’s only the most churlish of British republicans who cannot bring themselves to raise a glass in celebration of her 60 year reign. As for the royalists among us, we can’t wait to break out the champagne!
Diamond Jubilee celebrations are planned all year. The biggest of these will take place the weekend of 2nd June. Two Bank Holidays have been declared and the long weekend’s events include The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, a seven mile long procession on the River Thames that will include over 1,000 vessels, led by a magnificent Royal Barge. A million people are expected to line the banks of the historic river. You can find out more on the Official Website of the British Monarchy.
The celebrations start today, with the anniversary of Princess Elizabeth’s accession to the throne on 6th February 1952. However it isn’t a happy day for the Queen, as it also marks the anniversary of her beloved father’s death. The Queen rarely undertakes public engagements on this particular day, but this year she made an exception. If you click through on this link to the Telegraph, you can see that she appeared to thoroughly enjoy herself, particularly at Dersingham Infant and Nursery School, where the students performed a play about the sixty years of her reign. I love photographs that show the Queen laughing. In fact, we have one that was taken ten years ago during her Golden Jubilee celebrations, and you can see it above. A parade of vintage cars were driven through a private area of Windsor castle for the Queen’s review. One of them was owned by my husband’s parents and they took their four grandsons with them on this historic occasion. It’s something my son will remember forever, especially as the Queen and Prince Philip laughed out loud as the four boys nearly fell over each other in the back of the car to make sure that the Queen and Prince Philip saw them wave. I wonder how many parades, performances and displays the Queen has had to watch over 60 years. From her energy, commitment, vigour and sheer joie de vivre you would swear nearly every one of them was one of the first.
Our Queen has put duty and service before her own hopes and dreams and lived almost her whole life as a Head of State. It isn’t just a full time job, it’s a life time job. As part of a message to the nation earlier today she wrote, “In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope that 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.”
In today’s world, where morals and tradition seem increasingly pushed to the wayside, this woman of faith is a great example to us. As our Queen ‘dedicates herself anew to our service’, may we who call ourselves her subjects also dedicate ourselves anew in service to our families, our communities, our country and our world.
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