In these times of economic struggles it is easy for everybody to get bogged down with financial worry. Most of us are having to tighten our purse strings, make cut backs and watch every penny. The government cuts appear to also be causing even more worries. In times like this it is important to be reminded of the things we have got going for us. Us in the UK have more than few reasons to be proud and cheerful.
Much of the country is still riding high following the highly anticipated wedding of Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton – now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The country celebrated along with the Royal family on April 29th. Crowds on The Mall, millions of TV viewers and hundreds of street parties up and down the country provided an amount of pride not seen since The Queens Golden Jubilee in 2002. The newlyweds still create a flurry of excitement every where they go and their popularity is sure to secure the future of the monarchy.
The Royal Family have a busy year ahead of them. Fresh from the spectacle of the wedding the spotlight will be put on Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh who turns 90 just next week. Despite his often outlandish comments and cringeworthy moment Prince Philip has remained a rock for the Queen for over 60 years. Even with his faults we love him for being their supporting our monarch every step of the way throughout her reign.
Preparations are well under way for next years celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee. The four day weekend in the beginning of June 2012 will be on of the greatest events this country has seen. The celebrations will include a 1000 boat flotilla on the River Thames, a huge concert and a thanksgiving service in Westminster Abbey. Again the country is being encouraged to get together with friends, family and neighbours and celebrate. I am sure we will see street parties aplenty and yet another show of pride and love for our Queen.
2012 is going to be a very busy year not least with the Olympics being held in London in the summer. Whether you have been successful in securing tickets or not it is still a reason to feel proud of what we have achieved. Every time I see the Olympic Park in Stratford I am amazed by its size and the speed at which it has been constructed. Many Olympic Games in the past have struggled with finances or getting the venues done on time. London has so far delivered on both counts.
We may be having a tough time as a country but we should still take every opportunity to raise a glass, wave a flag and proclaim that it’s great to be British!