Eugenie pens tender tribute to 'Grannie' on Platinum Jubilee eve: 'A magnificent woman'
Princess Eugenie has marked tomorrow's Platinum Jubilee with a loving tribute to her grandmother, the Queen.
The 32-year-old royal, the daughter of Prince Andrew, penned an open letter to her 'Grannie' in which she celebrated the monarch's long-standing reign and said she hopes her one-year-old son, August, will inherit the Queen's kindness.
Writing for The Spectator, Eugenie, who is 12th in line to the throne, acknowledged that the jubilee is an opportunity for people globally to celebrate a 'magnificent woman'.
"Her Majesty the Queen is an incomparable monarch who has reached a record-breaking milestone. She also happens to be my grannie, and I am a very proud granddaughter," she says.
"I think of my grannie and what she has stood for, for so many people and our family during these 70 years," she adds. "I'd love Augie to have her patience, her calmness and her kindness, while always being able to laugh at himself and keep a twinkle in his eye."
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The Queen is the first British monarch to sit on the throne for 70 years, and is the longest-reigning female monarch in the world. To mark this milestone, the jubilee celebrations will run from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June, and will include a series of planned events, which start with the Trooping of Colour.
"70 years is really quite something, isn't?" Eugenie adds. "The Jubilee stands as a testimony to a woman who has transcended time and has been that constant rock for so many when the world can feel so fragile."
Reflecting on the 2012 jubilee, she writes, "On the day of the regatta, we watched 850 boats floating down the Thames in honour of Her Majesty.
"Most of all, I remember seeing my grannie and grandpa [the late Duke of Edinburgh] standing for eight hours in the rain, waving and smiling, and keeping the family and the nation moving forward like they had done for so many years."
"And for me..." Eugenie writes, after sharing her thoughts on what she hopes for the public and her children "...well I’d like the next ten years, after the uncertainty of the pandemic, to be filled with gratitude for Her Majesty’s dedication and service.
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"I hope the next decade is also a time for reflection on how, as a nation, we really are quite a great one. I, for one, am excited to see how we all celebrate this Platinum Jubilee."
She adds, "This year the country, the Commonwealth, our family and so many people are celebrating a magnificent woman."
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During the traditional Trooping the Colour balcony appearance on Thursday, the Queen is expected to be joined by other members of the Royal Family, including The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, with the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral taking place on Friday.
Other events over the weekend include the The Derby – Epsom Downs Racecourse, BBC Platinum Party at the Palace concert, Big Jubilee Lunches and various street parties across the nation.
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