On September 9th 2015 Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning British Monarch, passing the record set by her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria, of 63 years and 7 months.
September 9th is the day that casts in a new light, the National Anthem’s prayer about a Queen who is “long to reign over us”. From 1952 onwards, our Queen has served her people for over two generations and a period of unprecedented change: a Cold War, the transition from British Empire to Commonwealth, Glasnost and the fall of the Berlin Wall, a man on the moon, the computer and the internet – enabling globalisation in commerce and culture. The country may have undergone retrenchment, yet the Queen herself is the most respected figure in British public life, acclaimed by world leaders and admired across the globe. Like her great-great-grandmother before her, the Queen has requested there be no celebrations on September 9th, an attitude that is shaped by respect for her formidable predecessor.
This puzzle was created to celebrate some of the key events of Queen Elizabeth’s reign – from her Coronation (in 1953), through Commonwealth visits, walkabouts, the birth of her children, Trooping the Colour, State Opening of Parliament, receiving Heads of State, her love of horses and horse racing and her close-knit family.
As with all Gibsons jigsaws, the beautifully illustrated pieces are made from the highest quality 100% recycled board and therefore a pleasure to work with again and again.