The Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend is just closing, and what a celebration it has been! It has truly been a "something-for-everyone" event, whether you were part of the crowds in London, or attended one of the thousands of community events, both large and small, or just watched it on television. Children painted portraits of the Queen, shops have had patriotic window displays, there have been church fetes, carnivals, street parties, bell ringing, horse trials, concerts, decorative bunting, too many tributes and festivities to count them all!
The events in London were British pagentry at its best, full of pomp and circumstance, yet also full of small personal tributes as the TV commentators interviewed individuals in the crowds who all expressed their heartfelt enthusasm and respect for the Queen. It has been a fabulously uplifting experience, and one that the country as a whole has been in dire need of. We have all had a massive injection of national pride, traditional values and a coming together of communities across the country.
Sunday church service to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee
Sunday, June 3, Gorgeous Husband and I attended the combined benefice church service commemorating the Jubilee, which was lovely. A packed church! (There's something you don't see everyday.) We sang such patriotic hymns as, "I Vow to Thee My Country" and the national anthem: "God Save the Queen." (I always feel a bit emotional at that. Must be the immigrant in me.) Of course, the weather was miserable, so I was glad of having the Union Jack umbrella. I don't have much in the red/white/blue colour combination, so everything I had got worn.
The order of service
It was a cold and miserable Sunday (you'd think it was November) so we were pleased to be able to watch the flotilla of boats on the Thames from the armchair comfort of seeing it on TV. Not as much atmosphere, but so much warmer! The Queen and Prince Philip were on their feet for almost the whole 4 1/2 hours, waving to the crowds and enjoying the wide variety of sailing craft involved in the event. It really did, literally, rain on her parade, but she really is made of stern stuff. For a woman of 86, her stamina is incredible. In fact, the three words that were used to describe everything were: "amazing". "remarkable" and "extraordinary". Over and over again. Maybe because they were so fitting.
Congratulations Your Majesty. You are an inspiring example of duty and service to your people.