Well, what a weekend! We have seen sights in London that have made history and created a sense of national pride that can not be diminished lightly. The Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II have taken place across a four day weekend which has seen the royal family participate in many varied events.
The Queen started her weekend on Saturday with a trip to the Derby at Epsom. On Sunday she was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry on The Royal Barge, The Spirit of Chartwell. The barge took the royal party down The Thames in London as part of the biggest river pagaent seen on the river in over 200 years. The rain didn’t dampen spirits and thousands of people lined the banks of The Thames to wave their flags and catch a glimpse of our Queen.
Monday started on a low note when it was announced that the Duke of Edinburgh had been taken to hospital with a bladder infection (He is now improving and is thought to be due to leave hospital later this week) and would therefore not be able to accompany The Queen on the further events. The big event was a concert in front of Buckingham Palace given by stars from the six decades of The Queen’s reign. The show culminated in The Queen lighting a Diamond Jubilee beacon on The Mall and a massive fireworks display from the roof of the palace.
Tuesday’s events started in a formal manor with The Queen attending a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral. Accompanied by a Lady in Waiting, The Queen must have missed having her husband at her side. After lunch, The Queen sat with the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales in an open-top carriage for the journey back to Buckingham Palace. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince Harry followed behind in another open-top carriage.
The thousands of people in The Mall were then ushered forwards to see the major royals appear on the palace balcony. The end of proceedings was marked by a flypast which included The Red Arrows.
I think this weekend has shown the world all that is great about the Great Britain. After the riots of last year it is just what we needed. There are those among us who see the monarchy as outdated and unnecessary. I believe quite the opposite is true and this past weekend is testament to that. Crowds cheering for The Queen in pouring rain and chanting Prince Phillip’s name in The Mall does not show a country that wishes to scrap the monarchy. It shows a country that is proud and a population that holds it’s royal family in great affection.
The Queen and her family have dedicated their lives to our service. In an uncertain world it is comforting to know that they are there for their people. They are not politicians out for their own party or cause. Their cause is our country and it’s people.
The Queen has served this country as monarch for 60 glorious years. It has been a challenging task but she has remained strong and dignified throughout. I am sure that she is content that the future of the monarchy is in safe hands. When the time comes, Prince Charles has had the best training possible to become a great King. As Prince Phillip has been a support to Queen Elizabath I know that The Duchess of Cornwall will be a pillar of strength for Charles. I believe that Camilla has earned her place in our royal family. Her presence next to The Queen this weekend is highly significant and would not have been plausible just several years ago. I would truly support her becoming Queen when Prince Charles ascends to the throne.
We have a royal family steeped in history, tradition and above all, unrelenting service that should be celebrated. We take them for granted far too often and it’s important that we give them thanks when it is due. Thank you Ma’am!