The sad, premature death of her father in 1952 placed the young Princess Elizabeth on the throne some seven years after the violent destruction of the Second World War. A new United Kingdom was emerging from the bomb sites as destroyed homes, shops and factories were replaced. Rationing was gradually discarded as the shortages of everyday essentials eased. The UK economy embarked on a decade or more of expansion, as a new consumer society was born.
The Queen was the young, fresh embodiment of a new hope, an anticipation of a better future after the depression of the early 1930s and the sacrifices of the war. People looked forward to peace leading to prosperity, and to the exciting new electrical technologies, space exploration and modern design improving their lives.
Charles Stanley hopes you all enjoy the long weekend break whatever you have planned.
Paul Abberley CEO
Her warmth and diplomatic skills were most memorably shown in 1961 when she danced with the President of Ghana at a time of segregation in the USA, helping to keep his country in the Commonwealth. In 1991 she began a close friendship with Nelson Mandela, inviting him to the Commonwealth banquet when he was not Head of State and his country was not a member.
Charles Stanley wishes you and yours a happy celebration of a long reign well lived. The Queen has been an important constant in public life, and a great Ambassador for the UK in her years representing us.
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