Jubilee Jubilation! The Queen goes Platinum!

It is easy to share the excitement of a Royal visit when you see the crowds of people on television. The flowers, the colour, the patriotism. However, that feeling is only accentuated when it comes to your local town. The Royal Family are an established part of British History and, love them or hate them, there is something about the coming together of a community that their presence seems to bring.

From The Queen herself, to The Earl of Wessex, to Princess Anne; our local area, North Northamptonshire and the surrounding areas,

has not been short of some fabulous visits and Royal representation over the years, and with the upcoming Platinum Jubilee Celebrations this Summer, you can guarantee that Northamptonshire will be blooming.

At the beginning of this month, most recently in our town, The Princess Royal was seen arriving by helicopter at the field on Weekley Glebe Road, bringing much joy to the students and staff at Kettering Buccleuch Academy. It is believed that Princess Anne, who is currently 17th in line to the throne, was on her way to visit the Next Generation Training at Boughton House.

In September last year, The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited Home Start at the Pen Green Centre in Corby to thank volunteers for their services and support for families and children in the area and through the family support scheme. During their visit Their Royal Highnesses helped to make up packs containing night time routine suggestions, as well as a tooth brush, new pyjamas, bath time bubbles, night time story books, a cuddly toy and a picture for each child to draw.

Maggie MacKay, Manager at Home-Start Corby, said: “We were delighted to welcome The Earl and Countess. Their visit means so much to everyone. Our volunteers do so much to support families and it makes a huge difference to our community. It is wonderful to be able to acknowledge the work they do. We are passionate about supporting families and it was lovely to share that during this special visit.”

However, in the 1920s and 30s, the most prevalent Royals to visit our local area were the Queen Mother and her husband, the then to be King George VI. Their Royal Highnesses often joined the Pytchley Hunt, staying at Naseby Hall, Thornby Grange, the Old House in Guilsborough and at Pitsford Hall.

Since the 1970s, The Queen Mother also visited Bozeat, Wollaston, Wellingborough, Earls Barton, Northampton and Pitsford. Her last visit to the county was in 1998, four years before her death at almost 102 years of age, when she opened an Age Concern day centre in Northampton.

One of the most notable Royal visits was in June 2012, when The Queen and The Duke Of Edinburgh visited Corby as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The Royals visit to the then new Corby Cube and East Carlton park had a positive effect on raising the profile of the town.

With this Summers upcoming Platinum Jubilee celebrations, there will be many opportunities for us to come together with community camaraderie. While some people have opposing views of the Royal family, there is no doubting their ability to unite the country. There is no doubting that the new generations of Royals have a more humanist approach to their role and service and this years celebrations should be an opportunity to embrace the institution of Britain that the Queen has created and established over her 70 year reign.

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