If you follow me on Twitter then you will know that I went a bit jubilee crazy. With the Queen celebrating her 60th year on the throne, I took an extra day off from work and enjoyed five whole days of celebrating with my family.
On Friday afternoon, mum and I went into London to wander around (one of my favourite things to do). We took a trip from Waterloo to Blackfriars Bridge to witness the biggest poster I have ever seen:
Whereas other countries often fly their flags (I see the American flag often shown on other blogs), the UK has a strange relationship with the St George Flag (English flag) and the Union Jack or Union Flag (the Great Britain flag). Very rarely do you see them flown on buildings, unless a government building. It has been lovely seeing bunting and flags and lots of red, white and blue adorning buildings in London.
Flags flying at Admiralty Arch.
And St James’s Park had the most stunning crown made from succulents:
I had bedecked the living room in red white and blue and took great pleasure in purchasing napkins, paper plates and cocktail sticks with flags on for a buffet tea which we had whilst watching the concert. Oh yeah, and there was cake – tutorial and recipe on I Am Baker.
I went a bit crazy with the pom poms (just like the ones we did for Martha Mondays a year or so back). I made big ones and small ones, tying the pom poms to garden sticks with the pipe cleaners.
Living so close to the River Thames meant that I got to see the boats getting into position before the pageant. Mum and I stood by the Thames on Saturday morning and then walked along the towpath from Hammersmith to Putney to see more of the boats in the evening.
My view on the Jubilee: Mainly, I loved it. I loved the outpouring of love for the Queen and her family, I loved how Prince Charles spoke so beautifully about his mother and his absent father (Prince Philip was in hospital) at the concert and I thought that the whole event went very well. The Queen was as gracious as ever and amazed by the crowds gathered. The Mirror quoted her as saying ‘Look at all those people, Philip…look at them!’
There are great videos here:
And it should go without being said, but I will declare that I am proud to be British and I loved having the opportunity to be so proud of my country and its history.
Did you see any of the celebrations on TV?
Thanks for the posting about the Queens jubilee, beautiful photos that captured the momentts and scenery. The succulents’ crown at St James’s Park is stunning, wondered how many thousands of plants are in the crown, your cake was very appropriate and lovely.
Thanks Norma! The succulent crown was so impressive, and even warranted two security guards! I am hoping that it will stay in place for a while so that I can take more photos of it – as the crowds were pretty heavy.
I have loved watching all the television coverage of the Jubilee.. makes me proud! On my fathers side of the family, we have a long line of relatives from London and the surrounding area. My father was born in London and moved to the US with his parents when he was 10. All the Jubilee celebrations makes me proud to have 50% of my heritage from such a wonderful country! Cheers!
Who knows Kenn, we may be related! I didn’t realise that you had so much British blood in you. I thought the coverage was pretty good and everything seems to have gone off without too much trouble – except poor Prince Philip.
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What an event! And you decorated and celebrated so beautifully! That cake is stunning. It must have been so fun to see the boats on the river. It’s so nice to have something to celebrate sometimes. And you’ll have the Olympics coming up next to get excited about. Do you think you will go see any events?
Thanks Brette! I loved the decorating – and I can’t bear to take them down just yet!
I didn’t try for tickets for the Olympics as the cost of tickets was so high (I am sure that I will come to regret not trying!)
Wow on two counts…the lovely crown in the park and your beautifully decorated cake.
Thanks Karen! 🙂
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