Diamond Jubilee Year

Although I am writing this column before the Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend has taken place, I am sure it will have been both a happy and memorable occasion, writes Peter Luff MP.
Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth are the only monarchs to have reigned for sixty years – although George III only missed by a few months. I‘ve been fortunate enough to take part in some special celebrations to commemorate this second Royal Jubilee.

I wrote previously about the Presentation of Diamond Jubilee addresses by both Houses of Parliament to Her Majesty and in May. Since then I’ve attended the Armed Forces Diamond Jubilee Parade and Muster in Windsor. For those of you who didn’t catch a glimpse of the celebrations on television, the Queen and the armed forces were treated to a terrific fly past of 87 current and historic aircraft, including fast jets, helicopters, Spitfires and Red Arrows. Perhaps the highlight was a glittering “60” written in the sky with the landing lights of Tucano trainer aircraft.

A wide range of events took place across the country last weekend and although they may be less formal they are by no means less special. In fact their community focus makes them even more significant. By the time you read this I should have attended celebrations in Vine Park in Droitwich and unveiled a mural by the Droitwich Arts Network at Netherwich Basin, which I am greatly looking forward to. I know that local people have worked hard to put on an event that everyone in the area can enjoy together .

The Diamond Jubilee year is for the whole country to enjoy and however you chose to mark last weekend I am sure Her Majesty will be proud that across the county we celebrate with her in style. And it’s great that there’s one more chance to cheer – on July 11th she will be in the county as part of her Jubilee tour.


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