In the wake of her Diamond Jubilee Queen Elizabeth II has written to Olive Cowlin, a resident of Sunrise Senior Living of Weybridge, to thank her for penning a touching poem about her reign. The verse is written through the eyes of the Queen’s pet corgis, which are famously very close to Her Majesty’s heart.
Mrs Cowlin, who turned 84 on the Jubilee, remembers when the Queen came to the throne in 1952, and wanted to mark the occasion in a special way. Speaking about her poem she said:
“On entering Sunrise Retirement Home I produced poems about current events for our monthly magazine and it was suggested that I should write one for our Jubilee Display. My immediate reaction was to think “Corgis” and the resulting verses brought suggestions that a copy should be sent to the Queen. This was done by my friend Carole Robinson who mentioned in her covering letter that my 84th birthday fell on the last day of the Jubilee River Pageant.
“To our delight we received a letter from the Queen’s Lady In Waiting conveying Her Majesty’s thanks and a personal message from the Queen to me that she had seen the “delightful verses” and was sending me her best wishes for a happy birthday on 3rd June. I am very proud that Her Majesty had spared the time from her busy schedule to send me such a message and shall treasure it all my life.”
Christine Bunce, General Manager at Sunrise Senior Living of Weybridge added:
“We have all been getting into the Jubilee spirit at Sunrise of Weybridge, hosting a patriotic street party with a special appearance from the Baker Boys.
“You can imagine how excited everyone was when an envelope from Buckingham Palace dropped through the letter box; it was a wonderful surprise for Olive.
“Her poem really captures the warmth and spirit of the occasion and I hope it will be enjoyed by many people.”
The poem that Olive Cowlin wrote for the Queen now follows:
THE CORGIS’ DIAMOND JUBILEE
We corgis own a London house
The grandest ever seen
We share it with our greatest friend
Elizabeth our Queen
She always feeds us very well
And of us takes great care
She sees that all our wants are met
Though she’s little time to spare.
We like to know what’s happening
And she talks to us a lot
But something now is going on
And we don’t quite know what’s what.
We listen hard to all that’s said
And take note of all we see
But now two words are puzzling us
They’re “Diamond Jubilee”
What can they mean we do not know
But we will soon find out
We’ll ask our favourite footman
What it’s all about.
He told us very happily,
His answer pleased our ears
“Elizabeth has been our Queen
For 60 glorious years”
So when her people celebrate
With many a splendid scene
We corgis with three rousing barks
Will cheer our gracious Queen