Diamonds are Forever

Today (6 February 2012), HM Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and the realms of the Commonwealth celebrates her Diamond Jubilee.

The Queen...but you knew that.

Only Queen Victoria has celebrated this milestone in our nation’s long and rich history.

Exactly 60 years ago today the 25-year-old Princess Elizabeth was informed of the death of her father, King George VI, by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, whilst on a trip to Kenya.

From left to right: King George VI, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. This photo was taken on 15 December 1936, just four days after Edward VIII abdicated.

When she was crowned a year later, the UK witnessed its first massive television event.

Westminster Abbey, 2 June 1953, HM's Coronation.

An estimated 20 million people watch their new Queen’s coronation, many of whom had never seen a TV broadcast before.

Her Majesty’s reign has so far seen 12 Prime Ministers: Churchill, Eden, Macmillan, Douglas-Home, Wilson, Heath, Callaghan, Thatcher, Major, Blair, Brown and now Cameron.

I was planning to list the huge global events that have happened during her reign, but it’s just so long – too long even for me.

But I do find it extraordinary that during perhaps the greatest period of change humanity has witnesses, HM Elizabeth II has always been there, remaining one of the few constants in a world full of uncertainty.

Surely in the years to come we should refer to the events that have taken place during her reign as being a part of ‘The Second Elizabethan-Era’.

If you are reading this Ma’am, I hope that you are enjoying today and looking forward to the national celebrations this summer as much as I am.

Your always loyal subject, Alex Crouch.


About Alex Crouch 92

I'm a lifelong Formula One fan who also enjoys classic rock/heavy metal music.
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