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The RNLI pays tribute to The Queen as her Platinum Jubilee approaches

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has sent its congratulations to The Queen as she approaches the 70th anniversary of her reign.

Ahead of the anniversary, on February 6th 2022, the RNLI recalled the many years of support they have received from The Queen for their work and sent their best wishes as she made history by becoming the first British Monarch to mark a Platinum Jubilee.

The Chief Executive of the RNLI, Mark Dowie, said ”On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s accession to the throne, all volunteers and staff at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution send our Patron loyal greetings.”

The organisation also shared a number of special images from The Queen’s long association with the organisation including a famous photo from 2004, taken at Poole, when a lifeboat helmsperson and coxswain from every RNLI lifeboat station in the country gathered together for the first time.

Recalling another visit, this time in her Diamond Jubilee year of 2012, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Cowes, Mark Southwell, spoke of The Queen’s kindness to him. He had forgotten to read out his speech but said ”She said: “You’re in charge, we’re having a lovely time. Don’t worry and get back up there and give it a go, no one will realise.”’

Leading lifeboat coxswain, Robbie Maiden, revealed how he’d shared his ambitions of following his family on to the boats when he met The Queen as a ten year old. Now coxswain of the Hartlepool lifeboat, he said ”The lifeboat crew had arranged for me to have my own RNLI Guernsey jumper and red woolly hat so I looked like part of the crew. It was such an honour to present The Queen with a book about the RNLI’s history. She asked me that day if I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps, the answer was a resounding “yes” and here I am today as the current coxswain.’

The RNLI was founded in 1824 and operates 238 lifeboat stations around the UK. All are staffed by volunteers who often risk their lives providing 24 hour search and rescue around the coast. Since its inception, the RNLI has saved over 142,700 lives. The Queen became its patron in 1952, taking over from her father, King George VI. Her mother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, was also patron, between 1937 and 2002.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.