Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP is providing a special book of commemoration to acknowledge Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne in 1952. The book will be available through to March 31 at which point it will be dispatched to Buckingham Palace.
“At just 25-year-old, the Queen became regent of seven Commonwealth countries, including Australia, when her father, George VI, died on February 6, 1952,” Mr Ward said.
“It is a remarkable milestone – the Queen’s reign has spanned 15 Australian Prime Ministers with Sir Robert Menzies being the first. The Queen has twice presided over the opening of the NSW Parliament. In fact, the Queen deliberately opened the NSW Parliament before any other noting in her address that the NSW Parliament was the ‘mother’ parliament.
“Iconic building and monuments across many parts of Australia were lit up in royal purple on Sunday evening and other celebrations to mark the special platinum jubilee occasion will be staged later this year.
“Whilst debate will no doubt go on as to the most appropriate constitutional arrangements for our country, no one can deny that the Queen is a much loved and deeply respected figure in Australia. Her service as monarch is exemplarity and I have no doubt that many locals will wish to make a contribution to this collation of well-wishes from our community.
“All messages of support for the Queen in this book will be sent to Buckingham Palace,” Mr Ward concluded.
You can also read the Queen's letter here