Sunday, 3 June 2012


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!


  1. Sounds like a lovely celebration at your house.
    Her coronation was the very first television that I ever saw. I was not quite 6. Such an amazing woman, seemingly indefatigable, and I'm sure endowed with a will of iron.

  2. Wow, I bet that was something to see! She looks so adorable in that photo. :)

  3. What a wonderful lady is the queen. I have tons of admiration for her, and no one looks as classy in a hat as does Queen Elizabeth.

  4. She has led your country well for 60 years. I was reading about it today in Newsweek. I imagine that site on the river was spectacular. I know there is going to be coverage on our news shows tonight here in the states. Class act is QEII.

  5. Queen Elizabeth has been an anchor for her country in rough times. Class act all around.

  6. Wonderful! It's been a treat to watch the festivities on TV in Canada. Love live our Queen!

  7. Sixty years is a long time to do anything. Elizabeth II is a good example of perseverance and fortitude.

  8. I couldn't believe they stood watching the boats go past for hours!

  9. Love that picture of the queen! She looks like a little kid, bursting with glee!!!
    I can't believe it's been 60 years. I still think of her as that young girl on the back of our dime.