You don’t have to be a fan of the Royal Family to take your hat off to the Queen. It’s hard to imagine she was just 25 years old when she took to the throne 60 years ago, following the death of her father.
Imagine trying to deal with the grief of losing your father at such a young age, let alone taking on such an almighty role.
Many 25-year-olds these days haven’t even left home, finished their education or decided what career they want. Their biggest responsibility is remembering to reply to that Facebook message.
That may be a slight exaggeration, but no matter how much you like or dislike the Royal Family, taking over the Commonweath at 25 years old and relentlessly serving your country for 60 years deserves a bit of applause.
From the minute she became Queen, her private life was a thing of the past. It really is fame to the extreme.
Every tragedy, from the death of her father and mother, the fire at Windsor Castle and the high profile splits of Charles and Diana and Fergie and Andrew: all her family affairs have been firmly in the spotlight.
Her face is a symbol of this country, on our coins and stamps, and millions of people find great comfort in that. Her speech is an integral part of Christmas Day for millions of families up and down the country.
Thousands turn up with flags and flowers at her every public appearance, living off the story for years if they get so much as a glance of her in the flesh.
She must have done that public wave millions of times and yet she still manages to do it with a smile and without looking bored.
And visitors travel from all around the world to visit Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, wowed by what they see as a true fairytale.
The country went a bit Royal crazy for the Jubilee, but why not? As well as being a well-deserved tribute to the Queen, it was great to see people getting together for a positive reason.
Last summer we saw the riots in the streets, this summer people got together for street parties and carnivals. So three cheers for the Queen as we approach the end of 2012 and the Jubilee year!