Monarchy is one of reasons why we’re a great country

STEVE CANAVAN: A real cliffhanger in the Lakes

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I’m really quite excited about this weekend’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. I’m such a softie when it comes to patriotism and people rallying together for a good cause – and what better cause than a four-day holiday!

I’m genuinely very proud to be a Brit (despite being born in Oz, I am a true Brit I can assure you) and I think our royal family and monarchy is one of the reasons we’re still, despite being a tiny island, one of the greatest countries in the world and a force to be reckoned with.

There are arguments about what the royals, and indeed the Queen, actually do. But take them away and I think most would miss them.

Sixty years. That’s some achievement. Whether you’re a royalist or just like to party, make the most of it! God bless the Queen I say.

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