Speaking after attending a Celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Dunfermline Abbey, Gordon Brown said:
“The Queens long standing association with Fife is well known. I remember 1964 when my brother was present when the queen opened the Forth Road Bridge and I also remember being present myself twenty years later in 1984 when the queen opened the Mossmorran Plant in Cowdenbeath. Throughout all the time of her reign as I know the Queen has taken an interest in Fife.
“It is with great pleasure that I congratulate the Queen on the occasion of the Sixtieth Anniversary of her Accession to the Throne. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been central to the unity of the people of the United Kingdom for more than half a century. Britain has faced many upheavals in the years of her reign, as well as significant cultural and social changes, but Her Majesty has been a constant source of strength, wisdom, resilience and compassion.
“The Queen has provided counsel to a long succession of Prime Ministers and supported us as a nation in every aspect of our national life, from our progress in education and the public services to our rural affairs, sport, broadcasting and the arts, science, industry and technology. Her commitment to our armed forces has been inspirational. Her tireless support of the Commonwealth has been integral to its success and its very considerable expansion during her reign. The Queen has travelled the length of Britain year after year to see and hear the experiences of her people.
“Let us celebrate her kindness and compassion, her spirit as a person, her lifelong dedication to her country which inspires us all and commands respect throughout the world.”