Eugenie pens tender tribute to 'Grannie' on Platinum Jubilee eve: 'A magnificent woman'

Princess Eugenie and Queen Elizabeth II attend the traditional Royal Maundy Service at St George's Chapel on April 18, 2019 in Windsor, England. During the service The Queen distributed Maundy money to 93 men and 93 women, one for each of her 93 years. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
'I think of my grannie and what she has stood for, for so many people and our family during these 70 years,' writes Princess Eugenie. (Indigo/Getty Images)

Princess Eugenie has marked tomorrow's Platinum Jubilee with a loving tribute to her grandmother, the Queen.

The 32-year-old royal, the daughter of Prince Andrew, penned an open letter to her 'Grannie' in which she celebrated the monarch's long-standing reign and said she hopes her one-year-old son, August, will inherit the Queen's kindness.

Writing for The Spectator, Eugenie, who is 12th in line to the throne, acknowledged that the jubilee is an opportunity for people globally to celebrate a 'magnificent woman'.

"Her Majesty the Queen is an incomparable monarch who has reached a record-breaking milestone. She also happens to be my grannie, and I am a very proud granddaughter," she says.

"I think of my grannie and what she has stood for, for so many people and our family during these 70 years," she adds. "I'd love Augie to have her patience, her calmness and her kindness, while always being able to laugh at himself and keep a twinkle in his eye."

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Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Eugenie of York attend the traditional Royal Maundy Service at St George's Chapel on April 18, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Queen and her granddaughter Princess Eugenie. (Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images)

The Queen is the first British monarch to sit on the throne for 70 years, and is the longest-reigning female monarch in the world. To mark this milestone, the jubilee celebrations will run from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June, and will include a series of planned events, which start with the Trooping of Colour.

"70 years is really quite something, isn't?" Eugenie adds. "The Jubilee stands as a testimony to a woman who has transcended time and has been that constant rock for so many when the world can feel so fragile."

Reflecting on the 2012 jubilee, she writes, "On the day of the regatta, we watched 850 boats floating down the Thames in honour of Her Majesty.

"Most of all, I remember seeing my grannie and grandpa [the late Duke of Edinburgh] standing for eight hours in the rain, waving and smiling, and keeping the family and the nation moving forward like they had done for so many years."

"And for me..." Eugenie writes, after sharing her thoughts on what she hopes for the public and her children "...well I’d like the next ten years, after the uncertainty of the pandemic, to be filled with gratitude for Her Majesty’s dedication and service.

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"I hope the next decade is also a time for reflection on how, as a nation, we really are quite a great one. I, for one, am excited to see how we all celebrate this Platinum Jubilee."

She adds, "This year the country, the Commonwealth, our family and so many people are celebrating a magnificent woman."

Queen Elizabeth II is given a tour by Keith Weed, President of the Royal Horticultural Society during a visit to The Chelsea Flower Show 2022 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 23, 2022 in London, England. The Chelsea Flower Show returns to its usual place in the horticultural calendar after being cancelled in 2020 and postponed in 2021 due to the Covid pandemic. This year sees the Show celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and also a theme of calm and mindfulness running through the garden designs. (Photo by Paul Grover - Pool / Getty Images)
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee weekend is from Thursday 2 June until Sunday 5 June. (Pool/Getty Images)

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During the traditional Trooping the Colour balcony appearance on Thursday, the Queen is expected to be joined by other members of the Royal Family, including The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, with the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral taking place on Friday.

Other events over the weekend include the The Derby – Epsom Downs Racecourse, BBC Platinum Party at the Palace concert, Big Jubilee Lunches and various street parties across the nation.

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