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Norfolk MP James Wild's Her Majesty The Queen tribute in House of Commons during Platinum Jubilee week

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On her 21st birthday the then Princess Elizabeth made a pledge that, “my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service.”

That was a powerful statement and one that Her Majesty The Queen has more than lived up to. The Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend gives us the opportunity to enjoy events to celebrate her 70-year reign and her immense service.

It was a privilege to support the Humble Address in the House of Commons last week to offer heartfelt good wishes and loyal devotion to Her Majesty The Queen. In doing so I wanted to recognise the strong links with North West Norfolk through Sandringham which has long been held in strong affection by the Royal Family.

The Queen attending church at Sandringham. MLNF-19AF12306
The Queen attending church at Sandringham. MLNF-19AF12306

Having ascended to the Throne at the age of 25, The Queen has lived her life in the public eye. But it is Sandringham that offers a retreat and a place for family gatherings where she can enjoy privacy, relaxation, and of course her country pursuits.

And it was Sandringham where the Duke of Edinburgh, who played an immensely important role in supporting Her Majesty chose to spend his time when he retired from public life enjoying the sanctuary.

The continuity Sandringham has provided through four generations means her Norfolk’s home occupies a unique place in the Queen’s affections. Although it is foremost a family home, perhaps known most famously to the public for the Christmas Day walk to St Mary Magdalene church, Her Majesty is much loved in the villages around Sandringham and is a very special part of those communities.

James Wild at Westminster Hall.
James Wild at Westminster Hall.

Communities who let the Royal Family go about their lives without fuss. Indeed, it is said that one day in Norfolk a shop assistant told her: "You look just like the Queen." To which the Queen is said to have replied: "How reassuring."

Her Majesty is a stalwart of that other constant in our Nation – the Women’s Institute having been a member of the Sandringham branch since 1943.

A few years ago, in marking its centenary, she said: "Of course, every generation faces fresh challenges and opportunities. As we look for new answers in the modern age, I for one prefer the tried and tested recipes, like speaking well of each other and respecting different points of view; coming together to seek out the common ground; and never losing sight of the bigger picture."

The Queen smiling at the Duke of Edinburgh on Horse Guards Parade during the annual Trooping the Colour parade (PA).
The Queen smiling at the Duke of Edinburgh on Horse Guards Parade during the annual Trooping the Colour parade (PA).

Those words capture the essence of Her Majesty’s The Queen’s dignified approach.

And of course, another well-known passion of the Queen are horses and her expertise has been demonstrated over the decades by her success on the turf. Two weeks ago, one of her horses, King’s Lynn, was a winner at Haydock Park and is expected to now run at Royal Ascot with bookies recently offering odds at 14/1.

Across West Norfolk, the Queen is much loved and to mark this extraordinary year, beacons will be lit, the biggest parade Lynn has seen will take place, there are family fun days, picnics, musical events and much more taking place.

Her Majesty The Queen’s continuing service is an inspiration and we wish her a joyful Platinum Jubilee.

James Wild

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