Local MP pays tribute to the Queen on her Platinum Jubilee

On the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen, Rob Butler, MP for Aylesbury said:

“On behalf of the people of the constituency of Aylesbury, I express our heartfelt thanks to The Queen for the extraordinary duty and service she has shown our country and all her Realms throughout her reign.

“As the proud county town of Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury has long had royal connections, and has always demonstrated a warm welcome to visiting monarchs. In 1890, Queen Victoria disembarked at Aylesbury railway station and toured the town.

“Our own Queen has visited Aylesbury on several occasions during her 70 years on the throne. She came in 1962, as part of a celebration of the tenth anniversary of her accession and then again in August 1969, when she opened Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement.

“Her Majesty came to Aylesbury once more as part of the celebrations to mark her Golden Jubilee in 2002. She visited the market square where she met traders and stall holders. A video of the time shows exuberant joy on the part of her local people.

“There have been similar scenes of celebration over this Jubilee weekend. The market square in Aylesbury has been festooned in bunting and there are street parties, picnics and school fayres in villages across Buckinghamshire to mark this truly momentous occasion. These events go to show how fiercely proud we are of our Queen. She symbolises the best of Britain.

“The world, this country and even the town of Aylesbury are remarkably different today from how they were 70 years ago. For the most part, there has been tremendous progress. But there have also been conflicts and crises. Indeed we face both now.

“The Queen has been a constant throughout those seven decades, her fortitude and calmness have rightly earned respect and admiration; she has provided wise counsel to prime ministers and quiet words of sympathy and support to the people she has met in the worst of times; she is said not to like fuss, but I hope she will forgive us a little fuss in the celebrations over the Jubilee weekend, as we reaffirm our unwavering loyalty and say a simple ‘thank you’ to Her Majesty The Queen.”