This weekend sees the main celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II, though of course it is also the Diamond Jubilee of Prince Philip who has supported HM so magnificently over the years, and who is frequently overlooked.
Sixty years of service is an amazing achievement, and one from which the royal couple have never flinched through good times and bad. It has involved a lot of sacrifices on their behalf; of time they should have had to themselves, time to be with their family, having to meet many wonderful people, and many they would not have personally chosen to have met. Though it all they have done their duty which is something that the media certainly has not always understood. Monarch isn't about headlines and the latest trend, it is about dignity and commitment to serve the country which she had done so day in and day out for over 60 years. How many of us would have the commitment to emulate this? How many of us put our own wants and desires before serving their country with such devotion? Think of the self discipline of not showing you are having a bad day, and that you would rather be just about anywhere else.
She was the monarch when I was born, but my father was born two years after the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria and lived during the reign of six monarchs. I really can't imagine anyone else on the throne, I can't imagine singing God Save the King! Just in case you haven't guessed, I am a royalist and would just like to say a heart felt Thank You Ma'am, and I hope you get to enjoy the celebrations as well as your subjects.
God save the Queen.