This has been a remarkable long weekend as we have celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – and Her Majesty’s prediction in the dark days of the pandemic that ‘We shall meet again’ has joyfully come true
It’s been a few days, to say the least. However you marked it – a street party, a family party, maybe a barbecue.
It was the perfect British bank holiday, wasn’t it?
A crushing collapse at Lords, uncertain weather, travel chaos.
Really, that’s what we’re about.
It’s not perfect, but for all its flaws, it’s a beautiful country.
And at the center is Her Majesty. It has been said many times and in many places, but the Queen is not just a part of the fabric of this country – she is the fabric.
The world is in turmoil, politicians come and go.
But she was a constant. Calm, measured, compassionate. The unmoving center in a changing world.
As tense and hectic as times were, the country could look to them.
And this four-day break was the perfect opportunity for us to show her what she means to us – not just to the country – to the world.
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recognized by heads of state. Visitors came from all corners of the world to show their respect.
Hundreds of thousands of people flocked to the capital, and street festivals took place across the country.
We decorated houses, hung pennants.
In that bright moment, the whole country came together – and we came together for Her Majesty.
Last night her son and heir, the Prince of Wales, paid an emotional tribute to the monarch.
“You are our head of state,” he said. “You are our mother too.”
A simple, touching phrase that summed up the country’s relationship with its sovereign.
She was always there for us. A leader, a constant that sees us through the toughest of times. A mother.
At the height of the pandemic in 2020, she told us in her Christmas message, “See you again.”
And we have, right? It was difficult, we lost people, it was a mess. But we got through it.
We met again. On the mall, in the streets, in the pubs, in our homes, across the country.
United in our love for a woman who loves us so much, who gave us her life.
For a few bright days in June, we came together for the best of reasons.
A country so often divided, united in gratitude, respect and love.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/jubilee-shows-can-count-queen-27148711 "The anniversary shows that we can count on our Queen to unite us in gratitude and respect" - Voice of the People