WHEN Roderick Hynds realised the Queen was becoming the longest reigning monarch, he decided to honour the occasion by writing a poem about it.
And he was delighted when he received a letter in the post from Her Majesty, showing her appreciation for his efforts.
I am really honoured. It’s exciting knowing that she has seen my poemRoderick Hynds
Roderick, who will celebrate his 90th birthday on Thursday, has been writing poems for more than 20 years and has now written 222 in total.
‘When I retired I thought “what am I going to do with myself now” and my daughter suggested that I write poems for Christmas and birthday cards,’ he said.
‘I started writing a few. I got to one and I kept going and that’s how it started really.
‘I got into the habit of it. I have written about everything – animals, different people, different occasions – anything that happens in life.
‘A lot has happened of course. I have lost a lot of people. There have been happy ones and sad ones.’
Roderick, from Lower Wingfield Street in Buckland, Portsmouth, has written several poems about the royal family over the years.
He wrote one when Prince Charles married the Duchess of Cornwall and when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married.
And he said he was thrilled to receive a letter from the Queen herself, which thanked him for writing a special poem about her.
‘I’m really honoured,’ he said.
‘It’s exciting knowing that she has seen my poem. I like the royal family. I am a very patriotic person.
‘Royalty is the country – that’s how important they are. They are loved all over the globe.’
And even after having written 222 poems, Roderick doesn’t plan to stop writing just yet. ‘I hope to keep writing poetry,’ he added.
‘I will be 90 soon but I would like to live to be 100 and get to 300 poems.’
Queen Elizabeth became the longest reigning monarch in 1,000 years of British history on September 9, having overtaken Queen Victoria. Celebrations took place across the country to mark the occasion.
The Queen by Roderick Hynds
Her Majesty the Queen has reigned supreme
Our longest reigning monarch that’s ever been
She has shared her love for our beloved country
Always with such grace, passion and identity.
Times may change and our life may alter
Her Majesty has ruled without a falter
With the calming influence of our lovely Queen
We have weathered the storms the world has seen.
With her steadfast husband his Highness Prince Philip
Who has stood by her side with never a blip
With his honesty and humour he brings the land alive
With Her Majesty the Queen they help us survive.
Congratulations Your Majesty from all your people
Let the bells ring out from every church steeple
For you Your Majesty we all will celebrate
For all over the world this is a special date.
All the world over just love our Queen
We all give thanks for who you have been
Long may you reign over us for many more years
Yes Your Majesty we all of us love you so dear.