Tributes to
The Queen

Background to the platinum jubilee poem

The poem ‘Our Gracious, Noble Queen’, an official gift from Rutland, served to praise Her Majesty for her unwavering commitment to this country and to a remarkable number of others over the seven decades of her reign, marked in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of June 2022.

No letter, no book, no broadcast could ever do justice to the dedication which The Queen showed. Nor could this poem. Yet it attempted to capture the essence of what Her Majesty brought us all as the longest-reigning monarch in British history, with this expression of our sincere gratitude.

The poem, which is preceded by an introduction from the Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Sarah Furness, was sent to Buckingham Palace in advance of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The poem will be kept here following The Queen’s death, as a tribute to Her Majesty’s service.

The poem was broadcast on BBC Radio Leicester.

Background to the East Midlands tribute poem

This tribute to The Queen aimed to represent the six counties of England’s East Midlands and how Her Majesty’s death was felt there. The poem reflected on the many qualities of our beloved monarch who will be so sorely missed, having served her people magnificently and with all her heart for an astonishing 70 years. Although this tribute came specifically from one area, we hoped that the thoughts would resonate with viewers wherever they were.

The world has lost its most shining light. What is beyond question is that no one will ever see the like of Queen Elizabeth II again. We must now give thanks for Her Majesty’s life and for her example to us all.

The poem was broadcast on BBC Radio Northampton and ITV News Central.

Henry Dawe

Actor & Writer