Diamond Jubilee 2012: Skydiving granny, 90, makes her first jump at 12,000ft to celebrate

By
Tammy Hughes

05:20 EST, 5 June 2012

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08:20 EST, 5 June 2012

A combination of poor weather and large crowds meant that many royalists were content to watch the Diamond Jubilee festivities from the comfort of their own living-rooms this weekend.

But 90-year-old Daphne Bernard had other ideas.

To celebrate our monarch’s 60 year reign the remarkable pensioner took the plunge (quite literally) and realised a life-long ambition to try skydiving. 

Daphne set off at 6.15pm from Headcorn Airfield in Kent on Monday just before the Jubilee concert kicked off at Buckingham Palace. 

Brave: Daphne Bernard, 90, completed a special Jubilee skydive yesterday

Brave: Daphne Bernard, 90, completed a special Jubilee skydive yesterday

Generous: The grandmother hopes her parachute jump will raise money for the Alzheimer's Society in memory of late husband Vic

Generous: The grandmother hopes her parachute jump will raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of late husband Vic

She then plummeted 12,000 feet, strapped to a skydiving professional. 

Daphne hopes her parachute jump will raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of her late husband, Vic.

She says her secret to fitness is playing badminton with her friends the ‘Golden Oldies’ while Her Majesty attributes her fitness to countryside walks.

The grandmother, from Eastbourne, Sussex, said: ‘When I was younger, I remember going to see all the parades in London with the Queen as my mum was a real royalist.

‘I was 30 when she was crowned and remember it very well.

‘Everyone thinks I’m crazy, but I’m very adventurous and it’s just one of those things that I wanted to do.

‘I’ve wanted to jump out of a plane for a long time now, and I feel fit and healthy to do that – there’s never been a better time and I was not scared at all.’

Daphne trained three times a week for the jump at David Lloyd Eastbourne, Sussex, where she has been a member for 30 years.

She added: ‘I kept to a special routine of leg and chest presses, bicep curls and leg extensions so prepare physically.

Patriotic: Daphne fell 12,000 feet over to celebrate The Queen' s 60 year reign

Patriotic: Daphne fell 12,000 feet over to celebrate The Queen’ s 60 year reign

Young at heart: Daphne says her secret to fitness is playing badminton

Young at heart: Daphne says her secret to fitness is playing badminton  

Meanwhile this is the hair-raising moment that SIXTY skydivers plunged 15,000ft to celebrate Jubilee.

Expert skydivers from across Britain took part in the event on today to honour Her Majesty’s 60 years on the throne.

It was the largest ever formation of skydivers ever to jump over the Army Parachute Association in Netheravon, Wilts.

The thrill-seekers linked arms and legs and stayed in formation for 60 seconds as they fell 120mph towards the ground.

Don't look down! Expert skydivers from across Britain took part in the event on today to honour Queen Elizabeth II's 60 year reign

Don’t look down! Expert skydivers from across Britain took part in the event on today to honour Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 year reign

Organiser Simon Guest, 34, an Army doctor, said: ‘It was fantastic to achieve the formation.

‘It is the largest formation to be built over the Netheravon army drop zone in its 50 year history.

‘We took three attempts to master it. It takes a lot of organising because you need four planes carrying the skydivers to fly close together.

‘We wanted to do something to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

‘The hardest part is jumping at the same time, one that was done building it was pretty easy.’

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I will never forget my first jump!!

Good job granny. At least you didn’t come down with you a$$ sticking straight up in the air like the last super granny that tried a stunt like this…

Thank goodness she had a better experience than the American skydiving granny! Fair play to her

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