For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has unselfishly served her country and the Commonwealth. We forget how terribly young the Queen was when her father, George VI, died in 1952. She was only 25 years of age and has been our Monarch ever since.
Constitutional Monarchy is a fantastic institution. It has provided continuity and stability for our great nation. It has given us national unity which an ever-changing President would never do. We have a system of Government and Head of State which is the envy of the world, whose institutions and traditions rest on the shoulders of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
The Queen’s work also strengthens and protects our democracy by reminding us politicians come and go. It stops Prime Ministers – despite
President Prime Minister Blair’s best intentions – getting above their station.
When foreign Heads of States visit Britain, images of our Queen – the same woman for 60 years – and Presidents who seem to change regularly are beamed across the world; they remind us Britain remains a constant source of stability in an ever volatile world. This does not happen accidentally: it is because of Her Majesty’s unfailing commitment to her country and her Commonwealth through the work she does from visiting the far corners of the UK, conducting investitures at Buckingham Palace and meeting new Ambassadors – sometimes all in the same day.
And so this Diamond Jubilee weekend we must celebrate the woman who has dutifully served us with dignity and commitment since 1952 and also celebrate what it means to be British.
Those who are born British really are very lucky indeed.
God Save The Queen!