I think the churlish attitude about the "onslaught" of media coverage of Queen Elizabeth II's 60th anniversary celebration is regrettable ["Queen's gala is over the top," Letters, June 8]. After all, viewing the events was strictly voluntary.

Queen Elizabeth at age 86 has led a scandal-free life, working tirelessly to represent her nation to the world. She epitomizes the best qualities of her countrymen, whose calm, courage and loyalty are well known. She served, along with her sons and grandsons, in the British military, exemplifying the value of national service. The royal family brings untold tourist dollars into Britain, thus providing employment for many British citizens. In addition, the royals are well known for lending their considerable prestige to charitable causes too numerous to mention, with the queen herself maintaining a rigorous schedule of public appearances in support.

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Although I am proud my ancestor fought in the American Revolution, I would have enjoyed seeing more extensive TV coverage of the 60th anniversary celebration.

Leslie Dimmling, Garden City