The Queen has written to two regional dailies giving the Royal seal of approval to their Diamond Jubilee coverage.
She sent the letter to Toby Granville, group editor of the Bournemouth Daily Echo and the Dorset Echo, after receiving copies of the papers’ special Jubilee supplements along with messages of congratulations from the papers and their readers.
In her letter to the papers, the Queen said: “I send my grateful thanks to all employees of the Bournemouth Daily Echo and the Dorset Echo for their kind message of congratulations, sent on the occasion of the Sixtieth Anniversary of my Accession to the Throne.
“In return, please accept my good wishes for a most memorable and enjoyable Diamond Jubilee.”
The papers’ coverage of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations included special souvenir editions and supplements which included photos of hundreds of street parties and pull-outs looking at the Queen’s past visits to the county.
Both papers also invited local children to send in their pictures of the Queen and produced supplements featuring all of the 3,000 entries.
After receiving the Royal correspondence, the papers published stories under the headlines ‘Royal Approval’ and ‘One is pleased’.
Toby said it was thanks to the people of Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and Dorset and their “great community spirit that we have been able to produce such good coverage of the Jubilee celebrations, particularly in our special supplements.”
He added: “We are obviously delighted that our coverage of the Jubilee celebrations by our hard-working team of reporters and photographers has been well-received by Her Majesty.”