“We have resolved, by the favour and blessing of almighty God, to celebrate the solemnity of our royal coronation upon Tuesday, the second day of June, in the year of grace 1953.”Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation celebration
“I don’t know that anyone had invented the term Platinum for a 70th anniversary when I was born. You weren’t expected to be around that long. I’ve seen one coronation and been the recipient in the other, which is remarkable. It is a pageant of chivalry and old-fashioned way of doing things.”Queen Elizabth II
The Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the longest-reigning British monarch begin today for four days.
Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II is the oldest, serving monarch in the world and in British history, and one of the most photographed and filmed women in history.
The timetable for the four-day celebrations were published a year ago and the happy occasion has now arrived. A digital map of events is here. In the absence of any event organised in Inverness, this blogpost will have to suffice, with sincere Christian congratulations to Her Majesty and the heartfelt Christian prayer “God save the Queen”.
When I watched the Queen’s Silver Jubilee procession pass the crowds outside Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1977, where I was a final-year medical student, little did I realise that we would both see this day 45 years later. We “know not what a day may bring forth”Proverbs 27:1.
7 June 1977 – The Queen’s Silver Jubilee
3 June 2002 – The Queen’s Golden Jubilee
5 June 2012 – The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
2 Jun 2022 – The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
19 May 2018: even the Royals need the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
9 Apr 2021: death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
19 Apr 2021: the Church of England ‘at its best(?)’ for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
21 Apr 2021: Queen Elizabeth II’s 95th birthday.
3 Jun 2022: the BBC broadcast of the Service of Thanksgiving in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, began by referring to the Queen’s request in her first christmas broadcast in 1952 – in which she asked the people of Great Britain and the Commonwealth to pray for her as she prepared to dedicate herself to her new role as their Monarch. This was a good way to begin public life and to begin such a commemorative programme.
Since then, she has referred to this in these terms: “I do not regret nor retract one word of it.”
The service quoted Ps 122, Ps 105:1-8 and 1Ch 16:8-15,31-34.
Ps 122 began the service, the same as began the coronation service in 1953.
These quotations included two of the only three biblical references to “a thousand generations”, indicating the longevity of the biblical Millennium.
The Archbishop of York’s address reminded us that the Queen is still “in the saddle”, a reference to her love of horses and horse-riding. To put it more plainly and starkly – the Queen has never stopped working and is probably the hardest and longest working person in Great Britain.