Happy Birthday, Ma’am !

Queens don’t grow on trees.
Better ones are rarer.
We think ours is best,
But we’re glad to share her

With all those who seek
Someone worth admiring
Who does every task
Smilingly, untiring.

May her reign go on
Many years past ninety !
May her magic still
Charm us wisely, kindly !

Robert Ilson,
Thornton’s Budgens Poet Laureate