Long live our noble Queen! God save the Queen!": 60 years 'on the job'
Yesterday, Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh were joined by their family, civic dignitaries, friends and vast numbers of well-wishers to celebrate the gargantuan achievement of 60 years since the coronation in 1953.
|The Queen arriving at Westminster Cathedral (BBC)|
We at Bermondsey Beach echo their great joy and sentiment, as we wish to express our thanks and loyal gratitude to the Queen and her consort for over half a century of public service; to many in Bermondsey she has been quite simply (in the words of Prince Philip) our 'strength and stay'.
|St Edward's Crown used at the 1953 coronation (BBC)|
At this, those of us with shorter memories may laugh, mock or sneer. But, those who lived through World War II have a deeper understanding of the importance of having a constant and recognisable head of state: a figurehead, guide and safe harbour for the hopes and fears of a nation. She is known around the world, and is well loved and respected, especially here in Bermondsey, for her tireless devotion to her people, as well as the many kindnesses that she has shown to others. Never a complaint or dour face. Always a warm, friendly greeting and the sense that you are the only person in the room talking to her. Your majesty, take heart from the fact that we here in the 'royal' borough are right behind you, stalwartly supporting you every step of the way.
|Dee, the Pearly Queen of Bermondsey (flikr.com)|
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