Golden Jubilee her Majesty's Coronation (Page 1 of 6)
The Golden Jubilee of the coronation of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II the 2nd June 2003
It is indeed a very great pleasure to speak at this, one of the foremost gatherings in this country to celebrate the Golden Jubilee Golden Jubilee of the Coronation of Her Majesty's in Australia.
Last year I was privileged to have been one of the select few to be invited to attend the Jubilee Presentation of Addresses to The Queen by the Lords and the Commons in the historic Westminster Hall originally built nearly 1000 years ago.
In 1947, five years prior to Her Accession, the then Princess Elizabeth in a broadcast to celebrate her 21st birthday whilst on a Tour of South Africa, established the principles upon which she would reign with the extraordinary and inspiring vow:
"I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great Imperial family to which we all belong".
It was thus that Her Majesty did not wear a formal gown for the occasion, purposefully dressing down with a blue business-like suit to emphasise that the theme of the Golden Jubilee was not to portray the magnificence of The Crown set upon a distant throne but rather to celebrate the fiftieth year of a People's Monarchy dedicated always to the service of the Nation.
It was truly an historic occasion and brought to mind that whilst Jubilees have been celebrated for over five thousand years, Her Majesty, our Queen, is not just unique in being only the fifth Monarch in the entire history of Britain to have reigned for more than fifty years.
She is unique in that She, more than any other King or Queen who has gone before Her, has selflessly dedicated Her life to Her People without regard for her own benefit or personal comfort.
Indeed, during the entirety of the fifty years of the reign of our Queen, at no time has She ever misbehaved or even lost Her temper in public despite the many aggravations there must have been for Her to do so not the least of which must have been the encircling Australian Prime Ministerial arm around Her waist.
We are indeed fortunate to have such a very special Lady, indeed such a very Christian person as our Queen.
With no thought at the time that she would ever become Queen Her Majesty was born on the 21st of April 1926. She was named Elizabeth, not after Queen Elizabeth I, but after her mother.
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