Paul McCartney was nine years old when the Queen began her reign. The immense changes that the swinging sixties would wreak upon society could scarcely have been imagined.
There was one television channel, for those with access to a telly, but only of course in black and white.
The Second World War was over, but far from being consigned to the history books. Bombed out streets had yet to be rebuilt and limited rationing remained in place.
The days of Empire were drawing to an end, but it wasn’t until 1960 that Harold Macmillan spoke of a “wind of change” sweeping through Africa, acknowledging that independence had become inevitable.
A lot has changed since the Queen took over from her father in 1952. But one thing we’ve always been able to depend on is her dedication to service of this nation.
The Diamond Jubilee celebrations are a chance to celebrate Britain and its remarkable people. And they don’t come more remarkable than the Queen.