by Jason Moore

One of my first jobs for this newspaper in 1988 was to cover the visit to Majorca by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. The royal couple arrived in Palma aboard the royal yacht Britannia before starting an official visit to Spain. It was an amazing sight. The Britannia flying the royal standard gracefully moving into Palma with a band playing and a Royal Navy frigate acting as a guardship. There were literally thousands of people on the quayside. It will be a sight I will remember for the rest of my life. Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh were met at the dockside by King Juan Carlos of Spain and Queen Sofia. And so the first and only visit by Queen Elizabeth to Majorca got underway. Earlier that summer Prince Charles, Princess Diana and their children Harry and William had stayed at the Marivent Palace. And years later the Duke of York would come to Palma aboard a Royal Navy minesweeper he commanded. But the Queen´s visit will always be special in my memory. I never thought that 25 years later the Bulletin itself would be honoured with a royal award from the Queen. Last night our Chairman, Pere Serra, received an honorary MBE from the British ambassador Giles Paxman as part of the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Bulletin. I never thought when she came to Palma all those years ago that the chairman and the Bulletin would be honoured in such a way.God save the Queen!