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                                                              MANEA MATTERS

      However, that same year she lost her   The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
      younger sister, Princess Margaret, as well   2022
      as the Queen  Mother – within weeks of
      each other.                           Saturday 5th February 2022 marked 70
                                            years of the Queen’s reign and, despite
      State Visit to the Republic of        contracting Covid later the same month, she
                                            will hopefully enjoy a year of celebrations.
      Ireland 2011
      On 17th May 2011 The Queen and Prince         CORONATION 1953
      Philip visited the Republic of Ireland at the
      invitation of President Mary McAleese. This
      was the first visit by a British monarch in
      100  years.  It was  widely  celebrated  as   SILVER JUBILEE 1977
      the beginning of a new era of friendship
      between the ROI and the UK.

      The Birth of Prince George of               GOLDEN JUBILEE 2002
      Cambridge 2013

      Prince William and Kate Middleton married
      in 2011 and Prince George Alexander Louis   PLATINUM JUBILEE 2022
      of Cambridge was born on 22nd July 2013.
      As the Queen’s first great grandson, he is
      third in line to the throne and it is the first
      occasion, since the reign of Queen Victoria,
      that three generations of direct heirs to the
      British throne were alive at the same time.

      The Death of Prince Philip 2021

      On 9th April 2021, the Queen’s husband
      of 73 years, died at the age of 99. For
      over  50 years,  the  Prince  had supported
      his wife in her royal duties and took on
      many  obligations of  his  own.  His funeral
      was held on 17th April 2021 amidst
      Covid restrictions, so only 30 guests were
      invited to the funeral. Who will forget the
      haunting image of the Queen sitting alone   Don’t forget our extra
      in St George’s Chapel in Windsor, wearing
      a black facemask and looking very isolated     Bank Holiday!
      and bereft of support from members of her
      family.                                    Friday 3rd June 2022

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