The Bank Holiday weekend is over so now is the perfect time to reflect on the events of the past few days.
Sunday saw 1000 boats take to the Thames in the biggest flotilla the capital has seen in the past 300 years. Unfortunately the weather was pretty appalling but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the 1 million spectators who lined the river or watched the events unfold on big screens throughout the city. It was quite a sight to behold although the BBC left a lot to be desired. A personal highlight of the commentary was when Tess Daly said, ” The Queen is a big part of this.” Well obviously, Tess – it’s her Diamond Jubilee! It was great to see the senior Royals on the impressive barge although they did look a bit wet and miserable at times. The Duchess of Cambridge was looking fantastic as usual. I have to admit to having a bit of a girl crush on her. I love her hair and her always perfect fashion choices.
The concert on Monday was excellent, I thought. Gary Barlow should be very proud of the spectacle he organised. Having said that, however, I’m not sure it was quite the Queen’s cup of tea. But it was something for the whole nation to enjoy. Robbie Williams kicked the concert off brilliantly and I thought Jessie J sang excellently. Madness on the roof of Buckingham Palace was spectacular, particularly the projections on the facade. There were a few letdowns of course: Cheryl Cole showed again that in fact she can’t sing and I was underwhelmed by Paul McCartney if I’m honest. The fireworks at the end were fantastic as was the performance of Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jubilee song, “Sing”.
Tuesday was a much more sober affair with the Thanksgiving service in the morning followed by lunch at the Palace of Westminster, carriage ride to Buckingham Palace and then the fly past with some of the Royals on the balcony. Then later the Queen’s Jubilee message was broadcast. The decision to have only the Queen, Charles and Camilla, Will and Kate and Harry on the balcony was interesting in my opinion. I predict a slimming down of the Royal Family in the coming years. Another example of this was seen on Sunday as Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were not included on the Spirit of Chartwell along with the senior Royals.
The whole weekend has been very enjoyable, and it was great that it coincided with my birthday. The country seems to have pulled together to celebrate how the Queen has served the UK and the Commonwealth so marvellously for the past 60 years. There is only one more thing for me to say at the end of this weekend of festivities: God Save The Queen!