Published on 20th June 2013

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee logo in red, white, blue and yellow - child's drawing of the Union Jack flag and a crown

Queen expresses her appreciation with letter to council

Her Majesty the Queen has expressed her appreciation of the loyalty and affection she has been shown throughout her 60 year reign in a letter and thank you card to Cheltenham Borough Council.

A year ago, Cheltenham was buzzing with street parties organised by residents to celebrate the diamond jubilee. Local photographers, journalists and members of the community worked with council officers to create a full colour, special edition book as lasting momento of the weekend and the wonderful achievements of our diverse communities. One of the books was sent with a letter of congratulations to the Queen on the 60th anniversary of the Coronation, as a gift from the residents of Cheltenham.

This week, the council received a letter, penned by her Lady-in-Waiting, Lady Susan Hussey, which reads:

“The Queen wishes me to thank you for your letter, sent on behalf of the residents of Cheltenham, and for your kind message of congratulations on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of Her Majesty’s Coronation.

‘’The Queen was pleased to hear of the events held in Cheltenham to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee last year and it was kind of you to enclose a copy of the splendid book you have created in commemoration of that time.”

Andrew North, chief executive at Cheltenham Borough Council said: ‘’It is wonderful for Cheltenham’s residents to be recognised by the Queen in this way.  The local jubilee celebrations saw different communities, cultures and generations come together, leaving a lasting legacy in many of our neighbourhoods. The book is a great way of remembering such a unique and special time and I am delighted that we were able to send one as a gift to the Queen.’’

There are still a few copies of the Diamond Jubilee in Cheltenham book available at £5 from the Tourist Information Centre. Proceeds will go into the council’s community fund which supports local projects.



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