It’s fair to say, 70 years is a long time.
We often celebrate 70th birthdays; on rare occasions, 70th wedding anniversaries; but 70 years of active service is difficult to comprehend.
Today, we’re pleased to be celebrating 70 years of service by our Queen, Elizabeth II, to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. To call it an impressive milestone would be an understatement, and we send our heartfelt congratulations to Her Majesty on this magnificent occasion.
As many of you will know, Lloyd’s has a rich history and relationship with the Royal Family. The Queen herself has visited us three times over the span of her 70-year reign. I want to draw our attention to those three dates – offering a flavour of what was happening at Lloyd’s and around the world at the time – and by doing so, to help us appreciate just how long 70 years is… and how impressive The Queen’s milestone is in that context.