SIXTY News readers today paid tribute to the Queen’s 60 years on the throne as we begin a weekend of Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
We spoke to people of all ages from across our area who spoke of their pride, patriotism and gratitude for Her Majesty’s six decades’ service.
And to coincide with the Jubilee events, The News can also reveal that Buckingham Palace has given its official approval for a Portsmouth portrait of the Queen to commemorate the occasion.
The portrait is estimated to cost between £3,000 and £5,000 and could include a view of the city from Portsdown Hill.
A copy will be given to every school in the city with the original hanging in the Lord Mayor’s chambers in Portsmouth’s Guildhall.
Leader of the city council, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, said: ‘It is a way of us remembering the Queen’s really close connection with this city and the huge amount of affection which people in Portsmouth have for her. So much work has gone into making this event special that I just hope it is a wonderful weekend.’
The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Frank Jonas, said: ‘It’s marvellous and a real milestone.
‘The Queen hasn’t put a foot wrong for 60 years and she is an inspiration to us all. I’m looking forward to attending lots of Jubilee events over the next couple of days.’
Commodore Tony Radakin, commander of Portsmouth Naval Base, said: ‘I think for all of us in the armed forces, this is a very special occasion and it’s particularly special that we can be involved as we have been with HMS Diamond. We are an island nation and the affinity between the Royal Navy and the Queen is incredibly strong. It’s a source of great pride for all of us to reflect on the incredible achievements of the Queen’s 60 years.’