‘Our Gracious, Noble Queen’

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Henry Dawe presenting a framed copy of his Jubilee Poem to the Lord-Lieutenant, Dr Sarah Furness, at Oakham Castle. The small box attached to the bottom of the frame contains a USB stick which will enable a member of staff to show the video of the poem to The Queen on a computer or television set.
Henry Dawe presenting a framed copy of his Jubilee Poem to the Lord-Lieutenant, Dr Sarah Furness, at Oakham Castle. The small box attached to the bottom of the frame contains a USB stick which will enable a member of staff to show the video of the poem to The Queen on a computer or television set. Credit: Henry Dawe

 ‘Our Gracious, Noble Queen’ 

The Gift of a Poem from the County of Rutland 
on the Occasion of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 

by Henry Dawe, Uppingham, Rutland 

It shimmers and it sparkles. 
It glistens and it glows. 
That is the very splendour 
Which from your radiance flows. 
So platinum becomes you. 
It is precious and pristine, 
With all the charm and lustre 
Of our gracious, noble Queen. 

Aged ten you knew your destiny 
Could never be your own. 
Your little world changed overnight 
When Edward left the throne. 
But you would not have said, ‘Why me?’ 
You saw what it would mean 
And thought ahead to your life as 
Our gracious, noble Queen. 

You are the face we can’t forget. 
You are your family’s Lilibet, 
Our guide who leads us tirelessly, 
Our raft upon a choppy sea. 
You spend each day so selflessly 
And serve us all devotedly. 

Your Duke was always by your side 
Since on that morn the knot was tied. 
You found your comfort, loyal and strong, 
A true companion for so long. 
It would have brought you joy if he 
Had shared in this fine Jubilee. 

You have such a sense of faith 
And duty in your soul. 
That is what has surely 
Kept you steadfast in the role. 
You’ve not wavered once 
Despite the troubles and the fears 
And, although occasionally 
Of course there have been tears, 
Your reign has been so happy 
And so glorious to behold 
And, as you look back on it all 
At 96 years old, 
We know how fortunate we feel 
That you, of such renown, 
Shine on still as the brightest jewel 
In England’s ancient crown. 

Our tribute comes with our love, Ma’am, 
From Rutland’s rustic county. 
We mark, in 2022, 
Your Majesty’s rich bounty, 
Your gift for decades now bestowed 
Upon our thankful nation, 
As bells ring out and all around 
We join in celebration. 
To our minds we’ll keep you close, 
Our Sovereign so serene, 
And in our hearts we’ll hold you dear, 
Our gracious, noble Queen. 

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