If there’s one thing Great Britain does better than any other country, it’s pageantry... actually, it’s rain, but pageantry comes a close second.
I watched a fair bit of yesterday’s events on the Thames... and enjoyed it too. I realise there will be differing opinions on the Royal Family and the Queen in particular... a life of unimaginable privilege... or a life dedicated to the service of her people.
In truth it’s probably a combination of the two, but it’s no great secret that I think the Queen is a remarkable woman... and I am unashamedly proud to have her as monarch of the country where I live.
I’m sure most 86 year-old women (privileged or otherwise) would rather have been sitting in front of a warm fire on a ridiculously cold June afternoon, rather than spending several hours
exposed to the elements (well perhaps the “privilege” was not getting wet...), but duty comes first and she seemed to enjoy the whole spectacle... as did Prince Phillip. I’d struggle being on my feet all day now... he’s 91 in a few days time...
Diamond Jubilees are a rare event. Looks are deceiving, but I wasn’t around for Queen Victoria’s in 1897 and clearly this is a once in a lifetime event for pretty much all of us... Whilst it’s a chance to celebrate the life of Queen Elizabeth II, it’s also a time to look ahead. I remain unconvinced about Prince Charles as the next sovereign, but I am absolutely sure that the long-term future of the monarchy is assured... the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are a wonderful young couple, in tune with modern life... with an endearing natural warmth, but a clear acceptance of their individual and combined roles...
The past, present and part of the future are encapsulated in the two photos I have included. Yes, it absolutely poured with rain yesterday, but judging by the crowds down by the Thames, it takes more than inclement weather to dampen the British spirit! Most people get to retire long before they’ve completed sixty years in their job... safe to say Queen Elizabeth II is not “most people”...
All my own work... almost.