Our Queen

I wrote this to coincide with the Queen's Diamond Jubille earlier this year. It's a summary of the Queen's life and reign but it's possible I might have missed out on some facts. Any critiques would be appreciated!

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3. Reign

Her Majesty the Queen has had a somewhat turbulent reign, full of the ups (seminal events which have changed the public’s perception of the monarchy for the better, like the Coronation or the Christmas Broadcasts) and downs (sad events which have shaped who the Queen is, like 1992, her annus horribilus and the tragic death of Princess Diana) that one might expect. Needless to say, the Queen has been very busy over the last sixty years and here we celebrate her contributions to our nation during her Diamond Reign.

1955

FIRST MONARCH TO ENTER NUMBER 10

It was Elizabeth, three years into her service as Queen (although she was crowned in 1953, her father died the year before which meant that technically her reign began in ’52) who was the first sovereign to cross the threshold of Number 10, Downing Street to attend the farewell dinner party of the then eighty year old Winton Churchill.

1957

FIRST TELEVISED CHRISTMAS BROADCAST

Television seemed so new that it was almost inadequate for the Queen to deliver her annual Christmas Broadcast on it for the first five years of her reign. It was only on radio before the HRH broke the mould and, in 1957, appeared on television to bring good tidings to all of her subjects in what was broadcasting history.

1992

ANNUS HORRIBILIS

“1992 is not a year I shall look back on with undiluted pleasure” said Her Majesty, days after a devastating fire occurred at Windsor. The grave mood with which she delivered what will always be known as her ‘Annus Horribilis’ address summed up perfectly her feelings for that year in particular. It was the year in which a disastrous fire destroyed her favourite home, Windsor Castle, her eldest son Charles separated from his wife Diana, as did one of her other sons, Andrew, from his wife Sarah. So you can sort of understand where she’s coming from.

2011

WEDDING OF PRINCE WILLIAM & KATE MIDDLETON

The world rejoiced as the Queen’s grandson William married commoner Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey and no-one seemed to be more delighted than the Queen herself as she and Prince Philip looked on. Visibly thrilled, Her Majesty sported a broad smile throughout the memorable day and it was one that effectively showed the happiness that the whole nation felt.

These are only a few examples of the highs and lows of our monarch’s colourful reign, as there are so many more wonderful and not so wonderful things that we could have included to display the time that our Queen has spent on the throne. Hopefully someday soon we can add a whole lot more!

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