The Diamond Jubilee - 60 years in the making

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The Diamond Jubilee - 60 years in the making

A lot can happen in 60 years.  From the sixpence to new pence.  World cup wins to Royal Weddings.  The Diamond Jubilee - it’s a whole lifetime we can all remember. We can all celebrate. We have all shared.

The Fifties – The story begins

Back in 1952 Mr Churchill is still prime minister and 20 million people crowd around their neighbour’s sets (some watching TV for the first time) to see The Princess Elizabeth, ascend to the throne as Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen and Prince Philip 
The Sixties - They think it’s all over

It’s 1966.  98,000 people are making their way to Wembley to see England vs Germany in the final of the World Cup. 

At the end of 90 minutes, the score is 2 – 2. The game goes into nail-biting extra time.  And two more goals are scored by England.   

"Some people are on the pitch. They think it's all over ... [Hurst scores] It is now!" Kenneth Wolstenholme

The Queen presented the World Cup trophy to Bobby Moore and England roared. 

The Seventies – All change

It’s 3.30pm Wednesday 10th February 1971. All the banks are closed.  They won’t open again until 10am Monday 15th February.  They’re preparing for D Day - Decimalisation.   Britain is changing from the old system of pounds, shillings and pence (£sd) to the one we have today. The Royal Mint has been designing and producing almost six billion coins since 1968 to prepare.  A new portrait of The Queen is required for all the new coins. 

The Queen's Portrait - Machin 

The Arnold Machin RA Portrait of The Queen on the ‘new pence’ coins

The Eighties – School’s out

It’s 21st June 1981 and children don’t have to go to school today.  Actually, everybody gets a day off.   A crowd of 600,000 fills the streets of London and a global audience of 750 million watch Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer get married and wait for the kiss.

The Nineties – Bon Voyage

It’s taken eight years and billions of pounds. But for the first time since the last ice age, Britain and Europe are linked.  The Channel Tunnel has been built. 

The Queen and France's President Francois Mitterrand, are officially opening it in two formal ceremonies.  The first in France, then after travelling through the tunnel, London.

London on a map

The Noughties – A family affair

It’s 2005 and the International Olympic Committee evaluation commission is at Buckingham palace having dinner with The Queen. 

The UK’s Olympic bid is successful and The Queen will open the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics just as her father, George VI, did before her in 1948.  And her great-grandfather, Edward VII in 1908.

In December 2010 The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) announced that the Royal Mint will produce the 4,700 victory medals for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

London 2012 Olympic Medals

Sixty years together 

The last 60 years has seen great social, economic and political change.  The end of an empire and the beginning of the Commonwealth.

"I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong."  The Queen, 1947

The Queen during her Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

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