Royal appointment for Fairford pupil

Photo: Joe Gardner

Photo: Joe Gardner

First published in Cotswolds news by

A CREATIVE pupil from a Fairford school travelled to London to watch her work being presented to the Queen during a special ceremony last week.

Ellie Cordell, a year 10 pupil from Farmor’s School, designed an entry for a digital Diamond Jubilee time capsule, as part of a competition organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society.

Her design was selected by a panel of judges as one of the top 60 of more than 80,000 entries and was chosen to feature in the “Diamond (re)Collection,” which was presented to the Queen as a slideshow on a tablet computer.

Ellie said she would remember the occasion for many years to come. “It was a very exciting experience to meet the Queen,” she said. “I feel very privileged and it is something I will remember for a long time.”

The 14-year-old, who lives in Cirencester, submitted her entry through the Jubilee Time Capsule website in the summer.

The capsule included one entry for each year of the Queen’s reign. Ellie’s design was entitled “1953: James Leonard Cordell and the RAF” and was inspired by her grandfather’s first day in the forces.

Ellie said she was proud of her grandpa. “I’ll always remember him for being such an inspirational person who was determined to pursue his dreams,” she said.

A spokesman from the Royal Commonwealth Society said the Jubilee Time Capsule was an ambitious project. “It is the world’s largest online history project, cataloguing the last 60 years of the Queen’s reign, using memories submitted by people from across the world,” he said.

Schools in South Africa, Australia and Pakistan also took part in the ceremony via a video link.

The tablet will be housed at the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle, while the whole archive of more than 80,000 entries will be displayed permanently online.

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