The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
Take London and fill it with drizzly, cold and inconsistant rain. Add three days of celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, a scatter of Union Jack flags and what do you get? Mad, crazy fun, patriotic Brits whose spirits were not dampened one bit!
From Sunday 3rd to Monday 5th June, the country enjoyed a four day weekend in celebration of the Queen’s 60 year reign. While the UK reveled in street parties, London became the centre of the Universe.
I’m not a royalist (except I wouldn’t say no to Harry, and I LOVE Wills and Kate) and in all honesty I’ve never really thought much about the Queen. However, she had to choice but to accept the role she was given and if I was in a job I never wanted, with my life stripped from me to be given in servitude, then I would want a huge party after 60 long years too. I might even invite Gary Barrow round for tea when I retire and see what he can do for me then.
As I am leaving my beloved London in a few weeks, I wanted to be in town for the celebrations. I was luckily enough to get a good viewing spot on the Southbank for the Flotilla on the Sunday (we waited five hours for the Royal Barge to pass!) and nabbed a brilliant spot amongst an excitable crowd in St James’ Park for the Jubilee concert on the Monday. In a town where no one talks to one another, that weekend brought strangers together for a common cause.
One braved the fitting British weather, endured the lockdown of our much loved transport system (good luck Olympic spectators), donned some Union Jack wellies (I drew the line at that) and joined the vast array of red, white and blue consumerables of every kind.
And amongst the hordes of Brits who went to more extreme efforts than me to show it, I have never been more proud to be British.
Over one thousand boats took to the water, seen as one of the largest flotillas ever to take place on the River Thames. It’s a shame the weather put a grey sheen on things though.
Transport for London… Fail
Patriotic Brits and Party Time in the Park
How did you celebrate the Jubilee?