Flying the Flag to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee
09 March 2012
The windows of Ross Hussey MLA's West Tyrone UUP constituency office have been transformed to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
The Queen celebrates 60 years on the throne this year and to mark this historic event, the windows of the West Tyrone UUP constituency office have been transformed into a Jubilee display.
One window proudly displays the flags of the four regions of the UK, and a Union Jack, with a picture of the Queen in the middle, is centred between them. The other window displays a collection of royal memorabilia dating back to the Queen’s accession to the throne in 1952. The centrepiece of the display is a large framed portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in her coronation robes, along with two letters from Her Majesty thanking the West Tyrone UUP for their kind wishes in celebrating her Jubilee year. Special Diamond Jubilee bunting adorns the display which also includes newspaper articles from her coronation, books on the royal family, cups and saucers from previous Jubilee events, and coins and medals to mark the Diamond Jubilee. The collection continues to grow as members of the public donate their own royal memorabilia to be displayed.
For Ulster Unionist MLA Ross Hussey marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee event was important:
“The Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen is something certainly to be celebrated by all the people who live in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The Queen has represented this Kingdom in many guises over the past 60 years and she has probably more influence than any other figure in the world. When she goes anywhere she always receives a warm welcome and it is interesting to note that in America she is referred to as the Queen and this indicates that although the link with the UK was broken many years ago, the Queen is still regarded as someone that the people can relate to as their monarch. The recent visit to the Republic of Ireland indicates that in Ireland the majority of people were pleased to see her on Irish soil and perhaps now is the time that the Republic should consider re-joining the Commonwealth and wouldn’t it be very appropriate in this – the Diamond Jubilee year – for that little step to be taken by the Republic. It is clear that Her Majesty is not just Queen of England, she is Queen of Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth nations and over one third of the world see her as Queen. I did not include Wales by the way because it is a principality – in case someone suggests I was trying to leave them out! As a Unionist and as a public representative, I am delighted to congratulate Her Majesty on this great achievement and as we move on to the formal celebrations in June we will maintain our tribute to our Queen and we look forward to many years for Her Majesty to reign over us.