Mayor of London Boris Johnson and London Assembly Chair Jennette Arnold will present Her Majesty the Queen with a commemorative Oyster Card later today to mark her Diamond Jubilee.
The pair are leading a City Hall delegation to Buckingham Palace where they will also present a Loyal Address to Her Majesty and pay tribute to her 60 years on the throne.
The Greater London Authority is one of 27 bodies which has the right to present a Loyal Address to the Sovereign to mark significant Royal anniversaries.
Due to go on sale in mid-May, the Diamond Jubilee commemorative Oyster is one of two designs to mark 2012’s special events.
The second card, which will be available in June, marks the Olympics and Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
Unveiling the designs, TfL’s Shashi Verma said: “Commemorative Oyster cards have been very popular with the travelling public in the past and we are delighted to be able to offer Londoners and visitors the chance to have a special memento of what will be a summer like no other.
“Transport will play a vital role in bringing people out to see The Queen during her Diamond Jubilee, and in getting people to all of the sporting and cultural events during the London 2012 Games and so it is fitting that we have limited edition Oyster cards that they can use and keep to mark these wonderful, once in a lifetime, occasions.”
Full text of the Mayor and Assembly’s address:
“We, the Mayor of London and the Members of the London Assembly – representatives of the people of London – heartily congratulate Your Majesty on the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Your Accession.
“When Your Majesty’s forebear William the Conqueror crossed the Channel and defeated King Harold at Hastings, it was to London that he hastened for his coronation, in the great church at Westminster founded by Edward the Confessor. And it was on the banks of the Thames, across the river from where City Hall now stands, that the Conqueror established the White Tower, to command access to the city and to make secure his claim to the throne. Since that time – nearly a millennium – London has been the home of the monarchy and Londoners have been proud to be the Sovereign’s neighbours as well as subjects. Whether in Richmond, Hampton Court or Kew, Greenwich or Eltham, or in Westminster, Whitehall and Kensington, Londoners have lived alongside their Kings and Queens for centuries. Long may they continue so to do.
“We in London have long been grateful for Your Majesty’s personal commitment to this city. We have not forgotten that in London’s darkest hour, in the Second World War, Your Majesty and Your Majesty’s parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, did not leave the city to face the Blitz alone. The Royal Family’s fortitude in remaining here gave great succour to the people of London, not least to those in the East End.
“Happily the long years of Your Majesty’s reign have seen London prosper and grow into the multi-cultural global city it is today. Through Your Majesty’s daily work, as well as that of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and the Royal Family, Londoners draw strength from the support You show for them and the continued interest You demonstrate in their lives, their communities and their livelihoods. Like so many Royal occasions, the recent wedding of Your grandson Prince William, celebrated in the same place as the Conqueror’s coronation, was a day from which Londoners rightly drew immense pride and happiness.
“When Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 1897, representatives came here from the far reaches of Empire. In this remarkable year in our city’s history the world will again come to London, to share in Your Majesty’s own Diamond Jubilee and to be part of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Londoners will flock to the banks of the Thames to see Your Jubilee Pageant pass down the river. And the whole city looks forward to the moment in the summer when Your Majesty will declare the Games open – in the heart of a renewed East London, now transformed from the devastation of the Blitz and post-War decline.
“In this celebratory year Londoners are full of gratitude for the stability and continuity represented by the sixty years of Your Reign and for the sense of duty and commitment shown by Your Majesty and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. On behalf of the people of London – and those who serve the city in its emergency services, its transport network and the agencies and offices of the Greater London Authority – we give thanks for Your Majesty’s sixty years of service to London, and affectionately offer Your Majesty our most loyal congratulations on the occasion of Your Diamond Jubilee.”