15 Jun 2012

Her Majesty the Queen was presented with a book of commemorative messages in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee by Jessica Hartley from Stamford, Lincolnshire on Wednesday 13 June.

Jessica was one of over 800 local children aged from four to 11 who entered an art competition hosted by the Stamford Committee on behalf of The Children’s Society. The book is the culmination of this competition where the children submitted pictures on the theme of 'Being British' - what made them proud of the nation. Their subject matter was wide ranging, from the invading Vikings who prompted the inauguration of the monarchy, to fish and chips, the rain, Jessie J and the Beatles.

the hand-drawn cover of the commemorative book, featuring the flag, rainbows, Olympics rings and moreAn exhibition of the children's works was mounted over the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend and 70 of these pictures were printed in the commemorative book along with over 500 messages of congratulations written by the people of Stamford.

Jessica, age seven, whose picture appeared on the front cover, said: 'It was a privilege to meet the Queen and to be able to present her with this amazing book. I am very happy that my picture is on the front cover. I will definitely remember this day for the rest of my life.'

The Stamford Committee is a committed supporter of The Children’s Society and was thrilled to hold the competition in aid of the charity.

'We are delighted that Her Majesty visited Stamford for this special occasion. The book was our way of paying tribute to the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee. It was a dream come true for us and for Jessica to meet the Queen in person,' said Sam Roddan, who is a member of the Stamford Committee and came up with the idea of organising the competition and book.

The Stamford Committee is also holding a ‘Being British’ Contemporary Gala Art Evening on Friday, 29 June, in aid of The Children’s Society's work helping vulnerable children and young people across England.

For more information about both events please visit www.artpopup.co.uk.

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Jessica presenting commemorative book to the Queen

 Jessica gives the commemorative book to the Queen (Photograph © Gill Shaw)

the Queen holds commemorative book

The Queen holding the commemorative book (Image courtesy of the Stamford Mercury)

the cover of Being British, drawn by Jessica, age 7Jessica's drawing, which is on the cover of the commemorative book 

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The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.