The Lord-Lieutenant of Kent has called on local communities to celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday and her great service to the nation.
Speaking at the Lord-Lieutenant’s annual Civic Service, Viscount De L’Isle, Her Majesty’s representative in the county, said: “It is hoped that communities in Kent and across the United Kingdom will come together in their streets or in their villages and hold a lunch, similar to those held for the Diamond Jubilee in June 2012.
“I would urge everyone here to support their local event in any way they can. Many communities across Kent are already making plans but many hands make light work.”
A large congregation of civic leaders, parish council chairmen and women, school governors, clergy, magistrates, volunteers, Queens’ Awards winners, Deputy Lieutenants, and representatives of the armed forces, police, emergency and rescue services, attended the service, held in All Saints Church, Maidstone, earlier today (Tuesday).
”On behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, I thank you all for what you are doing for Kent’s communities,” Viscount De L’Isle told them.
“You are doing Kent proud. We are here to pay tribute to Her Majesty, who continues to give great service to the Nation and the Commonwealth.”
Many events are planned across the UK to celebrate the Queen’s birthday, including a chain of beacons on April 21, and street parties and village lunches on Sunday June 12.
Viscount De L’Isle recalled 1952 when Her Majesty became Sovereign.
“The Second World War had only finished seven years before, there was still food rationing and most of our city centres were still bomb sites, as was much of Western Europe.
“The Commonwealth was largely still governed from London. The Iron Curtain had come down and the Soviet bloc had acquired Atomic Weapons.
“In 1953, the nation was pleased to celebrate The Coronation as the beginning of a new Elizabethan age.” Since then, Her Majesty had been “a firm hand on the tiller of the ship of state,” he said.
He appealed to the congregation to “rededicate ourselves to support Her Majesty. I believe we all owe it to The Queen in her 90th year to give her our heartfelt thanks for her unfaltering leadership and steadfast faith over her long reign in times of conflict and in peace. God Save The Queen, Long may she reign over us.”