Last month, many Wokingham Borough residents came together for the biggest national event of the year, Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. This once-in-a-lifetime celebration saw residents throw street parties, decorate their homes with bunting and flags, and participate in various fun events and activities throughout the borough.
One of the many Platinum Jubilee activities held in the borough included signing congratulations cards for The Queen. Designed by Wokingham Borough Council, the cards were available for residents to write their good wishes and congratulations inside.
The cards were displayed at borough libraries and the reception area in the council’s offices in Shute End leading up to the Platinum Jubilee weekend. Residents could also sign the digital congratulations card hosted on the council’s Engage Wokingham website and upload a photo of themselves with The Queen or an image of their Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
After the Platinum Jubilee weekend, the congratulations cards were collected and the online card was archived on Engage Wokingham. The council has combined messages from all the cards including printing the online card messages which have been bound into a physical congratulations card. A digital copy featuring all the congratulation card messages was created, with an additional copy sent to the Berkshire Record Office.
Last week, the cards were hand tied with a ribbon and posted to Buckingham Palace which included a congratulations letter from Wokingham Borough Mayor Cllr Caroline Smith.
Wokingham Borough Mayor Cllr Caroline Smith said: “It is a great pleasure to share the signed congratulations cards for Her Majesty The Queen. More than one hundred residents took the time to write their heart-felt messages and good wishes inside the cards, younger residents showed their artistic talents by drawing castles and crowns, and one of our borough libraries created a large-scale stamp collage in the shape of The Queen’s head.
“Here in Wokingham Borough, we like to engage and involve our communities to help create a sense of identity which people feel part of – and by creating and distributing these congratulations cards we have done exactly that.
“On behalf of Wokingham Borough Council, I would like to extend my congratulations and sincere gratitude to Her Majesty The Queen for her incredible 70 years of service to our country. I sincerely hope that The Queen enjoyed Her Platinum Jubilee celebrations which will be remembered for many years to come.”
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