As the New Zealand representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand, and on behalf of the people of Aotearoa New Zealand, I am delighted to extend my best wishes to Her Majesty as we celebrate the platinum jubilee of his reign.

Few New Zealanders will remember life before Queen Elizabeth succeeded her father, His Majesty King George VI in 1952. For many of us, she became synonymous with unwavering service and constancy, especially during more turbulent and uncertain times.

Over the past 70 years, Queen Elizabeth has been represented by 16 Governors General in New Zealand, and she has witnessed the transition from British appointments to New Zealand-born representatives. She has visited New Zealand ten times and continues to take a keen interest in the contemporary affairs of our nation.

The Commonwealth has been a special focus for Queen Elizabeth during her reign, and my husband, Dr Richard Davies, and I will be delighted to join other Commonwealth representatives in London for the commemorations. of Platinum Jubilee Week. We look forward to events that both reflect the extraordinary contribution she has made to public life and also express lasting affection and high regard for Her Majesty.

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