‘Queen’s dedication shines through despite Royal Family being plagued by infighting and scandal’ – Russell Myers

The Queen has looked back through a selection of cards and pictures sent in from around the world by well-wishers throughout her 70 year reign as she prepares to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee

The Queen looked at letters and memorabilia from her past and present jubilees in Windsor castle's Oak Room, on Friday
The Queen looked at letters and memorabilia from her past and present jubilees in Windsor castle’s Oak Room, on Friday

In her Christmas message of 1952, no doubt still reeling from the shock of being thrust into the spotlight at just 25 years old, the young Queen thought carefully about the sentiment behind the words that would broadcast to millions.

Amid her youth and inexperience she recognized that above all else, she needed to find a way to connect with the people tuning in at home and across the four corners of the world.

As she gathered her thoughts Her Majesty drew on her feelings on the job that lay ahead, with the backdrop of the festive season.

Her words encompassed the importance of the union of family, the spirit of togetherness and the benefits of shared knowledge – words that would not only become a central theme of her speech, but a belief the monarch carried forward through her 70 years on the throne.

Her Majesty said she would draw her resolve for the task that lay before her from the “immense union of nations” throughout the Commonwealth, that “like our own families, can be a great power for good”.

The monarch was joined by Candy, one of her beloved Dorgis, in the Oak Room



She added: “My father, and my grandfather before him, worked all their lives to unite our peoples ever more closely, and to maintain their ideals which were so close to their hearts. I shall strive to carry on their work.”

How fitting then, that in preparation to celebrate her record breaking Platinum Jubilee this weekend, the Queen chose to look back through a selection of cards and pictures sent in from around the world by well-wishers throughout her 70 year reign.

The world has undergone such massive changes since that speech seven decades ago, but Her Majesty’s endeavor and belief above all else in the benefits of community has not wavered.

Her Majesty was captivated by Queen Victoria’s Autograph fan, which handed to the monarch in 1887 to mark her Golden Jubilee



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As her own family has been plagued by infighting and scandal in recent years that has threatened the very fabric of their future, they would do well to remember it is those basic attitudes of dedication and connection to others that has cemented her legacy.

Here is the list of events marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee:

May 12-15: Platinum Jubilee Celebration

More than 500 horses and 1,000 performers will take part in a 90-minute show taking the Windsor Castle audience through history right from Elizabeth I to the present day.

Bank Holiday: June 2: Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour)

The color will be trooped on Horse Guards Parade by the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards and over 1,200 officers and soldiers from the Household Division who will put on a display. Sandringham and Balmoral will also be open for residents and visitors to enjoy the celebrations across the Bank Holiday.

Platinum Jubilee Beacons

The UK will join the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories to light a beacon to mark the Jubilee. The Principal Beacon will also be lit in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

June 3: Service of Thanksgiving

The Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.

June 4: Platinum Party at the Palace

Some of the world’s greatest entertainers are billed to perform at the concert at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the most significant moments from the Queen’s reign.

June 5: Big Jubilee Lunch

Street parties are being planned across the UK and neighbors are expected to join together for food and fun to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. It will mark the end of the Bank Holiday.

Platinum Jubilee Pageant

Performers will come together in London to tell the story of the Queen’s reign through a pageant that will include a “River of Hope” section made up of 200 silk flags that will make its way through The Mall, appearing like a moving river.

July: The Royal Collection Trust

Three displays marking the Queen’s accession to the throne, the Coronation and Jubilees will be put on at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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