This weekend is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee which means all of the assistants in the UK get a lovely long bank holiday weekend to celebrate and enjoy all that Great Britain has to offer. I live in London so I’m extra excited about all of the events that are taking place in the Capital! I’m a big fan of the Queen not just because we get lots of time off work whenever her family decide to celebrate something, but because she has dedicated her life to this Country and the Commonwealth and because she is a tough but caring great-grandmother, working hard and always wearing heels!
To honour her on this fabulous jubilee weekend, here are some things I think we can all learn from the Queen!
During the Coronation the Queen was expected to wear the extraordinarily heavy St. Edward’s Crown which weighs 2.23kg so that she was used to the feel and weight of the crown the Queen also wore the Imperial State Crown while she went about her daily business, sporting it at her desk, at tea, and while reading the newspaper!
Know when to stand up for yourself
The Queen issued a writ against The Sun newspaper after it published the full text of her 1992 Christmas broadcast two days before transmission. She later accepted an apology and a £200,000 donation to charity.
Behind every great woman is a great man
Prince Philip has escorted the Queen on all of her State visits and on her Coronation Day he pledged “I, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, do become your liege man of life and limb, and of earthly worship; and faith and truth I will bear unto you, to live and die, against all manner of folks. So help me God.” … Now if only we could get every man to say this to their wives!
Think about what you wear to work
The Queen always looks smart and well-groomed even when we see those rare pictures of her ‘off duty’. When she goes on her walkabouts to meet and greet the people she always wears bright colours so that people can see her. I love that every outfit is planned and is given a name so that it can be archived correctly, if only we had that many clothes!
Remember it isn’t all work, work, work
On VE Day in London the then Princess Elizabeth and her sister Margaret escaped Buckingham Palace and mingled with the celebrating crowds outside.
Never complain, never explain
Although the saying has been attributed to many over the years it is believed the Queen Mother instilled this virtue in her daughter and to this day she still lives by it. If you think of how much confidential information, gossip and scandal she must have been privy to over the years I can only imagine what stories her biography would contain. Unfortunately she has never really said anything about anyone and I’m assuming her opinion on these matters will always remain a mystery.
Be honest when things go wrong
There have been a few dark days during the Queen’s reign and there have been times she has been out of step with public opinion, most obviously after the death of Diana. But she always manages to get it right in the end and admit when she could have done things differently, which just shows how human she really is. Her 1992 Christmas speech says it all “1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an ‘Annus Horribilis’.”
Any job is worth doing well!
The Queen has been doing her job for 60 years, could you imagine being in the same job for that long! It is a scary thought for some of us but for her loyalty to the role went without question. As she said “I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”
Be fair to one and all and remember dignity in the workplace is important!
During her 2004 Christmas message the Queen said “Discrimination still exists. Some people feel that their own beliefs are being threatened. Some are unhappy about unfamiliar cultures. They all need to be reassured that there is so much to be gained by reaching out to others; that diversity is indeed a strength and not a threat.” Wise words from a very wise lady!
Happy Jubilee weekend everyone!