Heartfelt congratulations to our beloved Queen Elizabeth on becoming, last week, the longest ever serving Sovereign of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, surpassing her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria who reigned for 63 years and 226 days.
A remarkable achievement and one served with outstanding loyalty and dedication to all of her subjects both at home and throughout the Commonwealth of Nations.
Long may she continue to reign over us and may God bless her with good health and wise counsel.
Since the age of 8 Her Majesty has been my Queen. I still proudly possess the silver Coronation spoon presented to me at our local Coronation sports day. Many years later I was on uniformed police duty when she visited Plymouth during her Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977.
I also thank God for the whole Royal Family and HRH Prince Philip in particular for his constant love and support of Her Majesty throughout her extremely long reign.