Well, it may have rained on her parade (or rather, water-pageant!) but bless her, HM Queen Elizabeth kept smiling!
In fact, for an octogenarian standing in the unseasonably cold weather for hours, even if she would rather have been back at the palace sipping a cup of tea (or even a gin & tonic!) that smile embodied the spirit of Britain - keep calm and carry on!
.....and on they certainly came; boats and ships in every shape and size, steam powered, coal powered. diesel powered - and even human-powered - processing along the Thames to honour our 'Diamond Queen'!
The Diamond Jubilee is something of a spectacular celebration, commemorating sixty years on the throne. We shall not see it's like again in our lifetimes, possibly our children's too.
We didn't join the crowds in London but, as a family, we watched the TV coverage from the comfort of our lounge and indulged in a quintessentially British feast of scones with jam and clotted cream - washed down with 'Jubilee' tea, in my case consumed in my Union Flag mug! ;-)
It was wonderful to see Tower Bridge raised to it's full extent in tribute to the monarch aboard her special barge - and the crowds cheered her on through the rain! (the dissenters were there, too - thankfully their 'anti-royalty' protest made little, if any, impact.)
Our Monarchy may not be perfect (and I believe it would do well with a little judicious pruning of the 'hangers-on'!) but Queen Elizabeth II stands firm and resolute - duty to her role and her people over-riding her own wishes. In this day and age, that is a rare quality, indeed!
Cheers, Ma'am! Long may you reign!