WEEK 1 JUNE 2012
It has been a fantastic few days here in London celebrating the Diamond Jubilee to mark 60 years of The Queen’s reign. From concerts to river pageants, from jubilee beacons to carriage processions and street parties all over the Country, it has been a fitting celebration for a remarkable lady. I had the great honour and pleasure to meet her a few years ago. She truly amazed me with all the questions she asked, the preparation she had done and interest shown – a real testament of her dedication to her role. This week rather than the usual quotes, I thought I would share a few facts and tributes to Her Majesty.
She has made 261 official visits overseas, acted as patron of more than 600 organisations, and counselled 12 prime ministers.
The Queen’s smartest move is that she lets no one, aside from prime ministers and senior aides, have the slightest idea of her opinion on anything that matters.
Prime Minister David Cameron
When Prince William was handed a list with 777 names of guest to be invited to the wedding, none of which he or Catherine knew, The Queen told him to get rid of it and start with your friends. It is your day and we will add others in due course.
It has been said that the art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and change amid order. In this the Queen is unparalleled.
Queen Elizabeth, you are a real diamond.