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.
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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!

The London 2012 Olympics Close With A Party!

Closing Ceremony London 2012

Fireworks light up the Olympic Stadium and close out the London 2012 Olympic Games

17 days of London 2012 Olympic events closed yesterday with a celebration of British pop music through the past several decades. From the Spice Girls to Annie Lennox to a video tribute to John Lennon, a wide variety of music genres and legends were honoured during the celebration. The pageantry and showmanship were undeniably British and will surely not be forgotten. Looking back we tried to come up with some of our favourite memories of these Olympics and after some debate here are just a few of the moments we came up with:

Chad Le Clos of South Africa beating Michael Phelps in the 200m Butterfly by .05 seconds!

Kirani James taking home Grenada’s first EVER Olympic medal – which just happened to be gold in the Men’s 400m.

Stephen Kiprotich winning the Men’s Marathon and Uganda’s first gold medal since 1972!

The Canadian Women’s Football Team coming back from a heartbreaking defeat in the semi-finals to win a historic bronze medal.

Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar became the first Indian athlete to take home a medal in successive games!

Sally Pearson reacted fantastically to winning gold for Australia in the women’s Hurdles and her celebration was a defining image of the Games.

These are just a few of the moments we loved from London 2012 but there were so many more to choose from!

While we’re disappointed that the Games are over, we are definitely looking forward to the Paralympic Games in a few weeks time! In the meantime, we would love to see your best memories from London 2012! What events had you on the edge of your seat? Did any winners surprise you? Tell us about your favourite Olympic memories on the Jubilee Time Capsule!

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!

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg enters the JTC!

Nick Clegg MP - part of a shifting cast of politicians.

Nick Clegg MP shares his thoughts on meeting HM the Queen for the first time.

We are excited to announce that Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats has entered the JTC in tribute to HM the Queen.

He remembers meeting The Queen for the first time and how she immediately put him at ease. Mr. Clegg also puts his own position in perspective as one of ‘the shifting cast of politicians’ who have presented themselves to The Queen over the past 60 years.

Listen to Nick Clegg’s entry here to hear more of his thoughts about The Queen and submit your own memories to the Jubilee Time Capsule!

Labour Party Leader, Ed Miliband, shares his special memory with the Jubilee Time Capsule!

Ed Miliband remembers a Privy Council Meeting with The Queen

Ed Miliband remembers a ‘dim’ Privy Council Meeting with The Queen.

We are pleased to announce that Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, has entered his special memory to the Jubilee Time Capsule!

In his video entry, Ed Miliband recalls a humorous Privy Council meeting with The Queen where she remarked on the “dim” energy-saving light bulbs that had recently been installed. As the Minister for Energy and Climate Change, he felt partially responsible for the lighting.

Watch Ed Miliband’s entry here and submit your own special memories to the Jubilee Time Capsule!

It’s the Summer of Sport!

This summer is turning out to be the ‘Summer of Sport’ with major sporting events taking place all over the world in all different sports. We at the JTC are currently going sports-mad and can’t get enough! With Euro 2012,Wimbledon, ICC World Twenty20, ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup, Formula One, Rugby Summer Tours and last but by no means least – the London 2012 Olympics – we won’t have to do without sport for a single day this summer.

The Jubilee Time Capsule has an entire Sports Gallery full of fantastic sports-related memories from primary school football matches to World Cups. These are some of our favourite sports entries in celebration of the Summer of Sport:

South Africa World Cup 2010

The World Cup 2010 in South Africa was a landmark event for both South Africa and the whole African continent.

While we here in England haven’t experienced the joy of hosting or winning a World Cup since 1966 (sore subject), one of the Commonwealth family hosted it just 2 years ago. The 2010 World Cup in South Africa was a landmark sporting event as it was the first World Cup hosted by an African nation. Lungile Ntuli from South Africa submitted her entry about the legacy of the World Cup inSouth Africa and its symbolic significance.

1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne Australia

The 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne were Australia’s first time hosting and the first during Queen Elizabeth II’s reign!

This summer marks one of the most anticipated sporting events – the London 2012 Olympics. The first Olympic Games during Queen Elizabeth II’s reign were held in Melbourne in 1956. Alison Vile has submitted her memories of moving to Melbourne in 1956 and attending Olympic events as part of a school group (We bet a lot of schoolchildren wish that were the case this summer!)

India Win the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup!

India defeat Sri Lanka in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup Final!

We would venture a guess that cricket is the most competitive Commonwealth sport. This summer will see the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Australia. We have loads of great entries about exciting cricket matches and we particularly like this entry from Ananya Sivaraman about their home nation, India, taking home top honours at the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup!

The Vanuatu Beach Volleyball Team aim for the London 2012 Olympics

The Vanuatu Beach Volleyball Team aim to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics.

While we have some fantastic entries from people who watch their favourite athletes compete – we also have fantastic entries from the athletes themselves! We have received inspiring entries from Parathletes Oscar Pistorious and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson as well as Olympic hopefuls – the Vanuatu Beach Volleyball Team!

Sports are one of the best ways citizens of the Commonwealth can come together, whether it’s watching a match, supporting the same team or actually playing sports together – sports are important in every Commonwealth nation. For our Summer of Sport, we would love to see all of YOUR sports memories on the Jubilee Time Capsule!