Meet the Diamond (re)Collection Panel

Today we will be presenting Her Majesty The Queen, Patron of the Royal Commonwealth Society and Head of the Commonwealth with the sealed Jubilee Time Capsule.

Her Majesty will receive the Diamond (re)Collection (top 60 entries) at a special presentation event, attended by contributors and supporters.

Amongst the assembled guests will be the panel of judges that had the difficult job of selecting the top 60 entries. The panel made their selections following the sealing of the Capsule on 30th September and will be present to witness the Diamond (re)Collection’s unveiling today.

The following judges sat on the panel:

  • The Honourable Lady Jane Roberts LVO, Royal Librarian at the Royal Collection, Windsor.
  • Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS, Director-General of the Royal Photographic Society.
  • Mr Benedict Brogan, Deputy Editor at The Telegraph.
  • Ms Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Half of a Yellow Son and Purple Hibiscus, and Commonwealth Writer’s Prize winner in 2005.
  • Mr Dean Finch, Group Chief Executive of National Express Group PLC.
  • Mr Shehan Karunatilaka, author of Chinaman: the Legend of Pradeep Mathew which won the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize.

Only 3 weeks to go until the Jubilee Time Capsule is sealed…

Queen Elizabeth the second

There are only 3 weeks to go until our special Jubilee Time Capsule is sealed forever, a digital Diamond Jubilee gift to Her Majesty the Queen! When we say ‘ours’ we really do mean it – people from all over the world have been contributing to the Capsule, filling it with memories from the last 60 years of Her Majesty the Queen’s reign. From Grenada to Singapore, from Olympic Gold medalist Kirani James to interviews with the grandparents, we have read thousands of your fabulous entries, and we can’t wait for the Queen to see them too!

Last week Chiang Yan Li from Singapore wrote this great entry about her school which won her an engraved iPod touch: (yes, we are giving one away every week until the end of September!)

We are also running a photography competition with The Royal Photographic Society. To win a trip to London, and for the chance to be mentored by RPS photographers, submit your photographic entry into the Capsule here and to read more about our Competitions click here.

… there are only 3 weeks to go until the Jubilee Time Capsule is sealed for good!

JTC reveals Brits’ most memorable moments of the last 60 years

Manchester Coronation Street Party, Manchester Archives

We have received entries from over 16,000 Brits so far in the Jubilee Time Capsule and from those entries, we have compiled a list of Brits’ most memorable days of the last 60 years. From the moon landing to the death of Princess Diana, the diverse range of events reflects not just a British focus, but also a global one.

 Moment # 10: The Indian Ocean Tsunami 26/12/2004

This event had a direct impact on the Commonwealth as several Commonwealth countries were particularly affected by this tragedy on Boxing Day 2004. Its place in a list of Brits’ most remembered moments reflects the links the British feel with their Commonwealth neighbors. See this entry from Chariclea Constanti about her interview with a tsunami survivor.

 Moment # 9: The Death of Princess Diana 31/08/1997

One of the most memorable events for Brits in the last 60 years is the death of Princess Diana. The British have always viewed the Royal Family as a symbol of the nation and the untimely death of Princess Diana was both tragic and shocking for Brits, many of whom viewed her as a role model. Marlene Duncalf calls this ‘her most vivid memory’. 

Diana, Princess of Wales

Diana, Princess of Wales

Moment #8: The Moon Landing 20/07/1969

Undeniably the most far-reaching memory in the time capsule, the first men landing on the moon resonated around the world. The world waited with bated breath to see Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin take the first step onto the moon. As an iconic moment in human history, this moment’s place in our countdown is very special. Alex Rogers interviewed his father about watching the moon landing as his submission to the Jubilee Time Capsule.

Moon Landing

Moon Landing

Moment #7: The Silver Jubilee June 1977

In this year of the Diamond Jubilee, it seems the British are excited to recall past Jubilees and how they celebrated then compared to now. It seems bunting and street parties are an absolute must! Check out these great entries from Florence Allard and Sophie Lewis about the Silver Jubilee.

Silver Jubilee Celebrations in Manchester

Silver Jubilee Celebrations in Manchester, Manchester Archives

 Moment #6: Commonwealth Day Observance 12/03/2012

The RCS has organised the Commonwealth Day Observance since 1966, first in St Martin in the Fields and now in Westminster Abbey. Our 2012 Observance was very memorable for all the attendees from all over the Commonwealth and Britain. With performances from Rufus Wainwright, Hugh Masekela and Laura Wright, as well as a speech from Her Majesty The Queen, it was indeed a day to remember. Aaliyah Girvan, from All Saints Bootle, gives a great account of her Commonwealth Day in Westminster Abbey.

Pupils from All Saints School at the Commonwealth Day Observance

Pupils from All Saints School at the Commonwealth Day Observance

Moment #5: 1966 World Cup Final 30/07/1966

England hasn’t had the best luck in football in the last 50+ years – and we certainly haven’t forgotten about it. England’s first (and only) World Cup victory came in 1966 and people of all ages throughout have made sure that their biggest football success is remembered as one of the most important memories of the last 60 years. This entry from Sammy Yates is a great account of the English pride in that victory.

England lift the World Cup

England lift the World Cup

Moment #4: September 11th 11/09/2001

As one of the defining moments of a generation, September 11th’s position on this list shows what an effect the tragedy had on the world, not just the United States. As Britain and the US have always enjoyed a close relationship, it is not surprising that this moment is one of the most memorable days of the last 60 years for Brits. Mark Backhouse’s memory of the day mirrors the response of people all over Britain and the world.

 Moment #3: Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant 03/06/2012

The British definitely know how to do a celebration in style and the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant was no exception. Despite the rain, which we have to say here in Britain more often than we’d like, the Thames Pageant was one of the most spectacular and unforgettable celebrations of the Diamond Jubilee. Isobel Lane remembers watching the River Pageant with her family on the banks of the Thames.

Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant

Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant, Jane Cross

Moment #2: The Coronation 02/06/1953

Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation is another example of some very memorable British pageantry! Such a huge celebration, one that has been recalled to recent memory during the Diamond Jubilee, is not likely to ever be forgotten as Her Majesty continues to oversee some of the most important moment in history. Zoe Simpson submitted her grandmother’s memories of being at the Coronation and the excitement in the London crowds!

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

Moment #1: The Royal Wedding 29/04/2011

The wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton drew in a massive global audience and gave the world a look at a real-life fairytale. With over 30 million television viewers in the UK, it is easy to see why the Royal Wedding is the most memorable date in the JTC history. With so many entries it was impossible for us to pick just ONE great entry for this moment so take a look at all the entries for this date!

Royal Wedding

Royal Wedding

Which of our Top 10 Most Memorable Moments for Brits do you remember most? Did your most important moment of the last 60 years make it on our list? We want to know what memories are the most important to YOU so share them with us in the Jubilee Time Capsule!

Burning Blue: Diamond Jubilee pound-a-pixel charity challenge

Burning Blue: Diamond Jubilee pound-a-pixel charity challenge

A recent JTC entry by Caroline Barnard brought the Burning Blue pound-a-pixel charity challenge to our attention.

Caroline’s JTC entry ‘The Queen’s Household in Kenya’ is dated 7th February 1952 and is about the journey made by her late father, an RAF pilot, to Kenya to bring the Royal Household back to the UK following the death of King George VI.

Caroline’s father was a member of the XXIV Squadron, which was called ‘the Commonwealth Squadron’ at the time and often got assigned VIP flights.

The entry includes an image of the log book recording the details of the flight. Caroline explains in her entry that they are selling the image of the log book, pixel by pixel, to raise money for charity. Once the sale is complete the ownership of the log book will transfer to the RAF Museum.

The money raised by the pixel sale will go to the World Food Programme, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the Royal Air Force Museum and the Royal Commonwealth Society.

To find out more about the Burning Blue project click here and to buy a pixel click here.

Jubilee Time Capsule deadline extended by popular demand!

We are happy to announce that due to the extraordinary level of public interest in the Jubilee Time Capsule the deadline for submissions has been extended until 30th September.

Many people had been getting in touch with the RCS to let us know that they were really enjoying contributing to the project, but that they had more memories to add. We therefore decided to go with public feeling and extend the project by a couple of months.

This means that not only do you have another three and a half months to get your important memories in, but it’s a great way to keep the kids and grandkids entertained over the summer holidays. So why not dust off those photo albums and see what memories you can discover!

Accession Day: 60 years as Queen

Official portrait of The Queen taken in the Centre Room in Buckingham Palace in December 2011 © Royal Household/John Swannell

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the death of George VI and Her Majesty The Queen’s Accession.

To mark the occasion Buckingham Palace has released The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee message:

Today, as I mark 60 years as your Queen, I am writing to thank you for the wonderful support and encouragement that you have given to me and Prince Philip over these years and to tell you how deeply moved we have been to receive so many kind messages about the Diamond Jubilee.

In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness, examples of which I have been fortunate to see throughout my reign and which my family and I look forward to seeing in many forms as we travel throughout the United Kingdom and the wider Commonwealth. 

I hope also that this Jubilee year will be a time to give thanks for the great advances that have been made since 1952 and to look forward to the future with clear head and warm heart as we join together in our celebrations. 

I send my sincere good wishes to you all.

ELIZABETH R

The Palace has also released two specially commissioned Diamond Jubilee photographs of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. Both photographs were taken by Mr John Swannell and can be seen on the official Diamond Jubilee website here.

The 6 February 1952 is the first date on the Jubilee Time Capsule timeline. Entries for that day include the original announcement of the death of George VI from our partners at the BBC archive and memories from Mr Lovatt-Smith, an employee of the Royal Parks in Kenya, whose boss was guiding Princess Elizabeth when she received news of her father’s death.

Today we are encouraging people across the globe to share their story and take part in creating this digital Diamond Jubilee gift for The Queen.

Whether you contribute a memory of the day you left school, the day you got married, the day you arrived in a new country or something else entirely, take part and your memory will help to create a People’s History of the last 60 years and a truly unique digital legacy for The Queen this Diamond Jubilee Year.

Contribute your memory now at www.jubileetimecapsule.org.

Malcolm Fraser talks to the Jubilee Time Capsule

Eminent Persons Meeting, Malborough House, London 1986: Commonwealth Secretary-General, Shridath Ramphal, The Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser (Australia), General Obasanjo (Nigeria), Chief Emeka Anyaoku (Deputy Secretary-General), Mr Hugo Craft, Director, International Affairs Division.

The Jubilee Time Capsule team recently interviewed Malcolm Fraser former Australian Prime Minister and member of the original Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group.

In his interview Mr Fraser talks about the effect the 1986 EPG report Mission to South Africa: The Commonwealth Report  had on the Commonwealth, working with the United States and what changes were made as a result.

To view Mr Fraser’s interview click here.