Queen Elizabeth II (1926 – 2022)

Coleshill has delighted in celebrating the Queen’s many achievements over her long reign.  There have been Silver (1977) and GoId (2002) Jubilee events in the town, and also the Queen’s 90th Birthday event in 2016.  The school children were only too pleased to participate in the birthday joyous occasion, including running a “pin the nose on the Queen” and “pin the tail on the corgi” boards on the Croft! The shared memories are rich among local residents of those good times.

In my own civic year, I was pleased to play a small part in celebrating her long service just a few months ago. It was wonderful that we were able to come together as a country to celebrate such an historic reign with a long Platinum Jubilee, four days of partying in the streets and outdoor events.  Coleshill’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations included many street parties, family and community gatherings. Our community celebrations on the Croft, with the Beacon Lighting and the Town Band Concert and Fireworks, attracting many hundreds of people all joining together in great spirits to show our appreciation of Her Majesty the Queen.

Most of us are too young to know of another monarch, so much so that she is intrinsic to our character as Britons, part of the fabric of our country. The Queen is so much more to us all than the face on stamps and coins, she has provided a constant, reassuring and steadying voice along the way as the country has faced its many challenges and upheavals. Such a constant in our lives that I thought her almost immortal, always to be there. The shock and sadness has been felt so widely across our community and the country, just highlighting the unique impact that she has had.

The Queen has seen so much change and always led us all through these with a calm dignity. Reassuringly she said “We will meet again” during Covid times, her gentle, often understated guidance during the darkest times has brought light and optimism to the country.

Throughout her seven-decade reign, she showed an inspirational sense of duty and provided an unwavering dedication to our nation. Stoic in her determination, brave and compassionate as she demonstrated to the country through wartime. She wasn’t just the head of a family, she was the icon of our nation and central to our sense of belonging to it. The Queen was an extraordinary woman; our admiration and respect will live on forever.

In all her visits around the commonwealth and closer to home (Nuneaton, Coventry and Solihull, for instance), Queen Elizabeth ensured she paused to be seen by more of the waving crowds, giving her famous waves back and exuding her smiles, her warmth and her gentle humour.  A wit and humour that gave us all a feeling of closeness to our monarch, who could ever forget the 2012 appearance with Daniel Craig as James Bond or more recently sharing tea with Paddington.

I send my love and heartfelt sympathies to the Royal Family; Queen Elizabeth II was clearly a much loved, and will be much missed, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Cousin, Aunt and friend.

Thank you just doesn’t seem enough, but my warmest and most sincere thanks to Queen Elizabeth II for her exceptional lifelong service to our nation.

God Save the King

 

Cllr. Caroline Symonds

Mayor of Coleshill Town Council

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