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Competition: share your memories of the Queen

(96 Posts)
KatGransnet (GNHQ) Mon 07-Sep-15 11:50:55

If you're a 'royalist' and/or a true fan of Queen Elizabeth II, you may be aware that on 9 September 2015 Her Majesty is set to become the longest reigning British Monarch – passing the record set by her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria, of 63 years and 7 months.

We'd love to hear about your memories of the Queen - whether it be something you watched on telly or if you were at the gates waving her to the throne back in 1953.

We'll pick three posters from this thread to win Gibson's Our Queen: The Longest Reign puzzle, featuring the most beautiful highlights of her reign so far.

This competition closes at midday on Friday 11 September. Usual T&Cs apply.

Anniebach Tue 08-Sep-15 10:16:24

When she came to Aberfan following the disaster and for once the press told the truth, she was upset and failed to keep her usual stiff upper lip, for a moment tears did well in her eyes.

merlotgran Tue 08-Sep-15 11:07:35

The OP should be corrected.

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Tue 08-Sep-15 11:24:46

Oops we can see that there was a Royal missed out in between Her and Highness - now amended

Elegran Tue 08-Sep-15 11:45:39

No, no, Cari, she is not Your Royal Highness, that is for princesses, she is a queen so she is Your Majesty!

rosequartz Tue 08-Sep-15 11:53:21

The same elementary mistake was made by Matt Baker on the BBC when he was commentating on the Jubilee.

Richard Dimbleby would be turning in his grave.

rosequartz Tue 08-Sep-15 11:55:04

Cari that's your invitation to Buckingham House Garden Party in the bin grin

merlotgran Tue 08-Sep-15 13:38:33

Off to the tower with 'em grin

jinglbellsfrocks Tue 08-Sep-15 14:08:52

What are they teaching'em in schools these days?! hmm

jinglbellsfrocks Tue 08-Sep-15 14:09:01


merlotgran Tue 08-Sep-15 14:22:45

Pleeeeeeeez put it right.

Because she's worth it!

suelowe Tue 08-Sep-15 16:53:33

When I was around 8 my family walked down to a nearby village , as the Royal car was to pass through it . Alas I was so impatient I walked back along the road to a small bridge to look and see if the car was approaching . Unfortunately for me it WAS approaching the same bridge from the other side. As I squashed myself against the wall to avoid being flattened it flashed past and all I recall is a black blur .... Ofcourse the car slowed and the Queen waved regally to those sensible enough to line the village main street.

eGJ Tue 08-Sep-15 17:07:52

I went up by train (first train ride and there was a corridor I was not allowed to run up and down!) to London to see the Queen (Princess Elizabeth at the time) open Parliament for the first time. She was deputising for her father. We stood on the Duke of York's steps and she drove passed down The Mall. She looked lovely! Absolute magic a memory even though I have seen her closer too since! smile smile And she smiled at little me too and she waved!!!

glassortwo Tue 08-Sep-15 20:40:56

I left work the beginning of July 77 on maternity leave with my 1st baby and my Mum persuaded me to go along with her to see the Queen on her Jubilee year tour when she visited Newcastle.

The Queen walked along the line of people and said to me "I hope you haven't stood here too long" I was enormous and the size of a battle ship, so she probably thought I was about to go into labour but the baby didn't arrive until the end of September.

But I did decorate my Mums front door for the street party and we won grin best front door.

sweetpea123 Tue 08-Sep-15 21:21:09

My mum was born in the same year as our Queen and I can't help thinking of my wonderful, late mum when I see how fit and well the Queen looks for her years. May she have many more.

Ana Tue 08-Sep-15 21:24:20

Her Majesty, Cari...please change it!

maryandbuzz1 Tue 08-Sep-15 23:12:21

I remember watching the queen being driven past when I was in Aldershot. I believe it must have been about 1967. I still have the booklet which we were all given at the time.

Gilla01 Tue 08-Sep-15 23:23:28

I've only seen Her Majesty the Queen on TV, but I have great respect for her.

rosequartz Tue 08-Sep-15 23:44:05

We saw Her Majesty The Queen (please note, GN) when she came to Plymouth for her Silver Jubilee.
Prince Philip stopped for a chat, but HM walked along the opposite side of the crowd!!
However, we did manage to get some nice photographs of her.

harrigran Tue 08-Sep-15 23:47:19

I have had lunch with the Queen and that is an experience, she is served first and as soon as she is finished the course the plates are cleared, you need to eat fast if you want to finish your meal.
I am very happy to have been around for the Queen's entire reign and also to have seen her crowned.

cluckyhen0 Wed 09-Sep-15 08:47:56

Receiving a letter from the Queen as part of my school project!

Auntieflo Wed 09-Sep-15 08:52:53

I saw the Queen at a Buckingham Palace garden party. My place of work at the time, were allotted two tickets each year, and I was chosen that particular time. As it was also the year of my 60th birthday, it made it special. We were standing not too close, but managed a good view, and yes she is quite petite. The tea was also worth the visitgrin, and I poshed up in my new dress and hat feeling quite a lady for once.

cathisherwood Wed 09-Sep-15 09:06:04

Our whole school lined the route taken by the Queen through Highcliffe village when I was a small child. I dont remember being particularly excited about it - as I recall the car just passed us at normal speed - she certainly didnt wave at me!

annsixty Wed 09-Sep-15 09:21:50

Like so many others I saw the Queen on her Silver jubilee tour. She started her tour of the area by arriving at our small railway station , about a 10 minute walk for us and the children had the day off school. Regular train users reported many days of seeing "men in suits " doing various checks on the station and car parks. I recall her being in an apricot outfit but little else, it was over in seconds.

KatGransnet (GNHQ) Wed 09-Sep-15 09:32:51

Apologies - we've now changed the OP to say 'Her Majesty' and given ourselves a lesson on royal etiquette blush

clairew137 Wed 09-Sep-15 09:38:00

I remember the Queen coming to Norwich to open our Archive Centre. I work next door in County Hall. Everyone rushed to the windows to see her go in.