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Competition: share your memories of the Queen

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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.

merlotgran Wed 09-Sep-15 09:48:06

When Her Majesty the Queen visited the Isle of Wight in 1965 (I think) I was working an afternoon shift in a Shanklin hotel. They were about to close the main road to traffic and my single decker bus was the last vehicle allowed through. I was the only one on it so I sat up front. To my embarrassment the streets were lined with people who were bored with waiting. They clapped, cheered and waved their flags as I drove by. I was a very shy teenager so it took a bit of cajoling from the driver -'Go on, luv. Give 'em a wave' - to get me to forget my red face and do the 'regal wave' grin

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Wed 09-Sep-15 09:52:33


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

That will teach me to multitask - quite right - changed!

Grandma2JaretandKris Wed 09-Sep-15 10:05:21

I think I was around about 20 when the Queen came to Hartlepool. I worked on Panda Control in the local Police Station and my shift finished just before she arrived. I was disappointed on leaving the office when they said the Town Centre was packed along the route of people who had waited ages for the glimpse of the Queen.

However, I was smuggled past the crowds and placed in a phone box right by where she walked. I'll never forget it. She looked right at me... I am a huge supporter of our Royal Family, all of them. The Queen is a roll model to us all and I am so proud of her taking leading by example. I hope she reigns many more years yet.

MrsJ2000 Wed 09-Sep-15 10:20:45

I remember as a child for the silver jubillee the Queen visited out town - I stood away from all the crowds on the edge of a road - she rode by in her car - I waved - she waved back - I remember I was over the moon

janerowena Wed 09-Sep-15 10:46:08

I think the Queen only hung on to her throne (refusing to let Prince Charles have a go) so that she could she could get into the Guinness Book of Records. wink

sindyloo Wed 09-Sep-15 11:05:33

I saw the Queen in 1953. I lived in Belsize Park then; we were given the day off school, and I remember sitting on the kerb as she drove by in an open topped car. I can remember saying to Mum "She looked at me and waved". Whether she did or not, I have no idea! I was 5 at the time.

Holly42 Wed 09-Sep-15 11:37:13

I recall the Queen's Coronation as I was only 7 years old and I was home ill and on the verge of being admitted to hospital to have a kidney removed. (Luckily I responded to treatment and recovered) I was unable to attend the street party because of this. I can remember having a compilation publication of the Daily Mirrors covering the Coronation a while later and looking at all the photographs displayed and admiring the Queen's beautiful dress.

bumblebee Wed 09-Sep-15 11:43:53

Fondest 'Queen' related memory (not including the live rendition of 'We Will Rock You'!!) was probably the 1977 Silver Jubilee event. Exemption from school lessons would always go down well, and to make it better, there was school parties, and pupils in our class were handed out commemorative silver oversize 50p souvenirs for free, which I still have to this day (the only time we ever received anything free from that school). And then, of course, was the trip to London, travelling on train (a real novelty in those days) for the parades. I think it was so busy that we turned back and went shopping instead, but hey, what can you do?


ajanela Wed 09-Sep-15 12:59:04

The Queen visited the New Forest on the 500 anniversary. She walked through part of the forest and all the children gave her small bunches of violets.

I saw her again when her and the Duke of Edinburgh came to my daughters English/Portuguese school in Portugal to open the new Science Building. We all lined the playing field and the Duke stopped and asked the children which language they spoke to one another. Left the children a bit speechless as the spoke both and sometimes at the same time.

JMill Wed 09-Sep-15 13:02:51

My mother, like the Queen, was in the ATS. Mum recalled being sent on a route march of 20 miles, following which the troops were told to line up, look smart and salute the then Princess Elizabeth as she was inspecting the parade. Mum wondered if the Princess could 'smell the sweat'!

Bennan Wed 09-Sep-15 13:14:07

We saw Her Majesty the Queen during her Coronation Tour of the UK. She came along our road which overlooked the River Tay so there were no houses on the other side and we had a very good view and as we were only about seven in number we got a very special wave from her and the Duke.
I have been to a reception on Brittania moored in Muscat Harbour in Oman in the presence of the Prince of Wales and Diana and were able to meet and talk to them both. What a memory - the band of the Royal Marines marched and played on the quayside - there wasn't a dry eye in the place!

Granny23 Wed 09-Sep-15 13:45:25

We had been at the Pictures (cinema) in Stirling and when we came out there was a large crowd heading for the station so we followed to see what was happening. It transpired that the Queen and DofE had been at a reception in Stirling Castle and were about to depart on the Royal train.

Her Majesty and the Duke appeared at the open carriage window in full evening dress, complete with tiara, the Queen somewhat dwarfed by the Duke just behind her. There was a smattering of muted applause and cheering. Then the Queen half turned and looked up to her husband to make some remark. At this point my incorrigible Father's voice boomed out, echoing round the station. 'Look folks - it's Chic Murray and Maidie'. The crowd, recognising the similarity between the Queen's pose and that of Maidie when she spoke up to her tall husband Chic, roared with laughter, cheered and applauded. The Queen, quite oblivious to the cause of this outburst, acknowledged the cheers, which redoubled when she once again turned to speak to the Duke.

Although I have seen the Queen on several occasions since then, she has not mentioned this incident - neither have I (until today).

sweetpea Wed 09-Sep-15 15:23:03

I remember, on the eve of her coronation, driving back from a visit to my great Aunt, seeing loads of people camping out to see her pass by en route to the ceremony.

She also visited HMS Ganges, at Shotley Gate, when my Dad was there, in the early 60s I think. (He was one of the Instructors in charge of the mast manning ceremony on the parade ground). My Mum had made me a drop waisted pale green 20s dress (how I loved that dress!), and we watched Her Majesty drive by. What a wonderful day that was.

I have great admiration for her.

allibaby Wed 09-Sep-15 15:42:30

I saw the Queen when she came to my town to launch HMS Invincible. I was 5 but remember it like it was yesterday. Afterwards I had to go back to school and paint a picture of the event and I remember my painting was a bright pink and blue ship and a grey Queen hahahaha

Nanacat13 Wed 09-Sep-15 16:45:26

As an 8 year old, our class went on a school trip to London from the West Country to visit the Tower and Windsor Castle. At the end of the day we were waiting on the pavement outside the castle for our coach to arrive, when a beautiful black limousine drove slowly past with the Queen sitting in the back. I remember that she waved to us and I managed to take a photo with my trusty Brownie 127. I shall have to get those boxes of old photos down from the loft and try to find it..

carowood Wed 09-Sep-15 16:55:20

I was six years old in 1953 and I can clearly remember standing at the side of the road in St Albans, waving a Union Jack flag, as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh drove past.

accrington Wed 09-Sep-15 16:59:36

I remember meeting her over 20 years ago, and was surprised how small she was!

joanf Wed 09-Sep-15 17:29:25

I saw her when she and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Jersey for the Liberation celebrations. We waited hours for her arrival but it was well worth it.

Venus Wed 09-Sep-15 18:02:33

I do remember the street party we had to celebrate her Majesty's Coronation. I still have the photo of us kids, plus all the mums, waving our Union Jacks.

I often wonder what happened to all the children in the photo?

ninathenana Wed 09-Sep-15 18:46:36

24 yr old DS "What's all the flippin fuss about today, she's just an old lady who lives in a big house". shockshock not a royalist then eh son.

rosequartz Wed 09-Sep-15 18:56:07

The 'flippin fuss' is because we don't have President Blair and First Lady Cherie! We have someone above the political arena.

God save Her Majesty

varian Wed 09-Sep-15 19:32:09

At first sight I'm not much like the Queen - I shop in Lidl's and cook dinner for my husband every night, I don't have any servants , and avoid cameras because I'm not at all photogenic.

But on the other hand I am a very proud granny, have been married a long time, although well past retirement age I am still working, my least favourite PM of her majesty's reign is Mrs Thatcher, at one time I thought Rolf Harris was OK and I love Scotland but not the SNP . Perhaps we're not that different. What do you have in common with the Q?ueen

simontink Wed 09-Sep-15 19:59:35

I have never had the pleasure ofmeeting the queen, but i do admire her and her grace and calmness even in diversity. She is a great ambassador for our country and she helps us keep our pride in our nation. Long love the queen xxxxxx

sweir1 Wed 09-Sep-15 20:31:28

I remember the jubilee celebrations and the street party. It was epic

mickihobbs Wed 09-Sep-15 21:30:52

I have never seen the Queen in real life, although I have seen other members of the Royal Family. My most vivid memory of the Queen is her coronation when I was ten years old and lived in a small village on the NE coast. We watched the ceremony on our neighbour's 9" Bush black and white tv (there were only about half-a-dozen sets in the whole village) and then all repaired to the village hall for sumptious high-tea. We children entertained everyone with rose-garland morris dancing and dancing round a specially erected maypole. We managed not to get tangled up so were very proud of ourselves and our lovely new Queen.