Sir Gerald's statement on the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee

Sir Gerald's statement on the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee:

The last 65 years have been times of great turbulence and change, but one person has remained constant: Her Majesty the Queen.  Indeed, yesterday marked the 65th Anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne, her Sapphire Jubilee.  This remarkable achievement provides us with the opportunity to reflect yet again on her outstanding record of service: to the United Kingdom and to the Commonwealth and the wider world.  As she pledged in Cape Town in 1947, her whole life has indeed been “devoted to [our] service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”  Though, now over 90 years old, when most will be enjoying their retirement years, the Queen’s desire to serve her country remains undiminished – she is an inspiration to us all.  Nowhere is this shown more clearly than in her continued support to the Armed Services where locally she is Colonel-in-Chief of 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards and 1st Battalion Scots Guards, both based in Aldershot.  I therefore warmly congratulate Her Majesty on this remarkable achievement and wish that she will continue “Long reign to over us…happy and glorious!”