WHEN anyone starts a comment with words such as
“When I was with The
Queen in Chester and Warrington last week . ." they will probably be dubbed a name
But not if they are the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire whose role it is to
represent Her Majesty when she is not in the county, and to accompany her when
she is. So no-one batted an eyelid
when the Lord Lieutenant (right) said:
“When I was with The Queen in Chester and
Warrington last week, all we saw was lots and lots of smiling faces. Everyone on
the streets was just so thrilled to see The Queen.
“And as we celebrate
the Jubilee today we, of course, say
You’ to The Queen for leading our country so well for an amazing 60 years. What
do we think of when we celebrate? The emotion we have is of pride and thanks for
her leadership and for her great virtues of service, duty and stability.
“It’s been a great 60
years. Most of you won’t have been here for 60 years but a few – looking round – have
been. For those of us who have, I think you will agree it has been a great 60
years to be alive in the U.K. and with all the hardship some of us still face we
enjoy a quality of life in 2012 that is immeasurably better than it was in 1952.
“The Queen has done an
extraordinary job of changing the Monarchy. What started with The Queen being
respected with a sense of total awe has changed so that she really is quite
clearly now regarded with enormous affection by all the people.
“When The Queen began her
reign she was Head of
State but what she has done is
to add a new position. She has created it
herself - Head of the Nation. Some might say Mother of the
Nation. And this is a part of the job which, of course, has a personal quality
as it includes issues like respect and loyalty, behaviour, values and service.
“The result of all this is
that we all feel we belong to the nation, and are proud to do so because The
Queen is the leader of the nation.
“Next month we will all be
routing for Team GB at the Olympics.” [This brought cheers and applause from the
“It really makes a difference to this country that we all feel
that sense of belonging to something important. And that’s why we feel we have a
leader that we all admire and respect and because of that we all feel that we
belong to the nation.
“The Queen has given
totally outstanding leadership for an amazing 60 years, and at the age of 86 she
still works every single day, except for Christmas Day. And this, of course, is
why she has earned the respect of us all. The Queen has given this country
something which most countries of the world would love to have – continuity and
“The clever bit
in all of this is that she has changed the Monarchy as the country and the world
girls, we all need leaders and because The Queen is not political she represents
every one of us no matter what our
political views may be. She has given totally outstanding service and leadership
country, and indeed to The Commonwealth, and we