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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.

Lorelei Wed 09-Sep-15 22:43:58

I remember watching the images on TV of the 25-year-old Princess Elizabeth as she returned to Britain from Kenya as Queen - she showed her strength then and has done ever since. I have a lot of respect for the way our queen has dealt with everything from national and international disasters to problems within her own family. My mother-in-law has attended a few luncheons/award ceremonies where she has met the queen, and thinks Queen Elizabeth is a wonderful and witty person as well as the best monarch in the world.

Maggiemaybe Wed 09-Sep-15 22:48:11

We were married in the Queen's Silver Jubilee year, so received a splendid array of commemorative wedding presents - ashtrays, oven gloves, trays, vases, mugs, teatowels. Some of them were hideous and hidden away in cupboards. Some of them are still in use, including a few of the ten Silver Jubilee teatowels given to us by the lovely OAPs on our honeymoon coach trip to Llandudno, who were thrilled to discover that we were newly weds. We were the only under 60s on the bus and they made a real fuss of us. grin

Isis1981uk Thu 10-Sep-15 09:47:57

I've never been lucky enough to see the Queen in person but I loved seeing her interacting with Prince George on TV - she could be a proper, relaxed, doting Great Grandmother :-)

angie95 Thu 10-Sep-15 10:53:39

I have never met the Queen,but I remember being about six years old, and looking through a childs encyclopedia and seeing a picture of what I called a beautiful Princess, my mum explained that she was Queen Elizabeth II ,and ruled England. I was totally in awe of her, and even to this day, I still think she is beautiful,not only on the outside but the inside too. I was very lucky to meet and speak to her daughter Princess Ann when she visited Eccles sixteen years ago, what a lovely friendly lady she is.

grannytotwins Thu 10-Sep-15 11:13:13

My father sold his watch that he had bought in Germany when he was working there after the war and bought a nine inch Bush television set so we could watch the Coronation. I went to a street party dressed as the Queen of Hearts, but sadly, I don't feature in the photo someone recently put on Facebook! I've still not seen her after all these years.

lillyfer Thu 10-Sep-15 12:00:09

We went to a street party at the local school for the Jubilee, it was great fun, the kids won the fancy dress competition.

dorsetpennt Thu 10-Sep-15 12:09:06

I was seven years old and living in Ottawa Canada. The Queen, then a princess in 1951 and Prince Phillip visited the Capital. We lived near Government House and the procession passed the end of our road. So with our flags off we went to cheer as loud as possible as instructed by my English mother. It must have reached the royal couple as Prince Phillip turned and grinned at us. When she had her coronation in 1953 Ottawa held its own parade. . My father was an officer in the Canadian Air Force and we were thrilled to see him march past with his men. Of course the real heroes to two small children were the Mountees. That evening we watched the film of the Coronation on a neighbour's tv , a jet had collected copies from the BBC and flown it over. My first time at watching a tv. Years later in 1977 I saw her at her 25th Jubilee.

reddimackem Thu 10-Sep-15 18:21:51

Durham City about 77. She went by in motorcade. Sure she waved at me!!

Jf1968 Thu 10-Sep-15 19:00:52

Amazing lady I haven't met her unfortunately but have some fond memories of her on the TV

clarabella3 Thu 10-Sep-15 19:20:04

she's an inspiration, I've never been lucky enough to meet her but would love to.

jojackson70 Thu 10-Sep-15 21:34:00

I was lucky enough to be in the Youth Enclosure with 17 Brownies for the Trooping of The Colour this year and we had a wonderful day making lots of memories for the girls especially when the Queen's carriage stopped and she waved right at the girls we then made our way down the Mall and stood in front of the gates for her to come onto the balcony.

Dessallara Thu 10-Sep-15 22:56:39

Her outfits ! : )

webkin Thu 10-Sep-15 23:22:00

I saw the Queen on her Golden Jubilee Tour in Bath. I took the attached picture. It was amazing to get so close to her and all the cheering and support and singing the national anthem. Just an amazing atmosphere. I think she is an amazing lady.

Blinko Fri 11-Sep-15 09:01:39

We were invited to a royal Garden Party. One of the Yeomen of the Guard (who was huge, btw!) told us that if we stood 'right here', we would get a good view of HM. We were thrilled when she walked close by on her way to speak to a wheelchair bound war veteran. Totes amazeballs!

GRIFTERASSASIN Fri 11-Sep-15 11:12:59

I remember the queens silver jubilee in 1977, my mum dressed me & my brother on the same jubilee t-shirts & shorts. We also got a silver jubilee small plate.

KatGransnet (GNHQ) Fri 11-Sep-15 12:19:53

This competition is now closed - we'll pick the winners shortly!

Carolann99 Fri 11-Sep-15 18:01:09

I love her Christmas visits to Sandringham, which is quite close to where we live x

KatGransnet (GNHQ) Fri 11-Sep-15 18:49:01

Congrats to Elrel, eGJ and cathisherwood who have been picked at random to win a Gibson Our Queen: The Longest Reign puzzle.

Please check your emails for more details.

grands Fri 11-Sep-15 19:19:55

She came to visit our town last summer. I noticed that she is short in stature, especially in comparison to her husband. The local town hall has a toilet especially for her, yet to date she has visited twice. Once as Princess and once as Queen, and most likely she has not visited the toilet kept specifically for her. I wonder just how much it has cost to maintain over the many years. As I would expect they would have it Grand for a Queen.

Rorysnana Fri 11-Sep-15 23:33:49

I saw the Queen at the Epsom Derby and was amazed at how petite she was. A lovely lady!