Overt patriotism has not been politically correct in the past few years in the UK. No flags in schools or rousing choruses of the national anthem…….I will bet a lot of young people do not even know the words! Not least of all because extreme right wing factions have hijacked the Cross of St George, English flag….. But I think the Jubilee celebrations have given people a sense of being British and a united us in that.
Ironically the republicans have had a voice throughout this Jubilee, during the coverage. There have been discussions on TV and republicans have been allowed to protest, but their voices have been completely drowned out by the Monarchist majority. I think if they had an election for ahead of state today, the Queen would win hands down.
The three day Jubilee celebrations have certainly made me proud to be British and maybe I will wave the flag a bit more often.
The water pageant was a bit of a wash out, but a glorious reflection of how we carry on regardless and a good example of how TV reporters desperately tried to convince us of how “exciting” it all was.
The concert was a huge success, my favourite bit was when Madness were performing on top of the palace and images projected onto the palace turned it into first a block of council flats and then a row of terraced houses..
It also showed us how ageing rock stars who shall be nameless, (but they have titles,) should really retire…..somebody should tell them! …Full marks to Tom Jones who made his performance a sing along.
…and somebody should really have explained beforehand to Stevie Wonder that it was not the Queens 60th birthday!
Today was a whole day of incredible ceremonial, from a service of thanksgiving in the magnificent St Pauls Cathedral (with beautiful outfit watching and hats!),
My sympathy went out to the poor girl from St Johns Ambulance who led the prayers and started reading from the wrong page….. embarrassing silence! ….she kept it together though and quickly corrected herself.. Then lunch at the historic Westminster hall, marching bands, carriage processions, 60 gun salute. Balcony appearance, fly over and at the end a moving TV appearance by the Queen on TV.
Unbelievably well organised ceremonial, which I have to say I think the British do so well. If you just watch the way they safely allow the crowd to approach Buckingham palace down the Mall, it is a brilliantly clever exercise in crowd control.
Having been in London for the Royal wedding and a political march last year I can attest to the great crowd control, not just during the ceremonial but the dispersal too
We heard all the patriotic music, and saw all the ceremonial uniforms polished to their best. Representatives from the unique commonwealth, which this Queen has cleverly created, by letting go of the old Imperial Empire
. I also learned quite a but of history, from the ITV commentary from historian Dr David Sarkey, for whom it all became too much and he burst into tears,…. not before he had called Nicolos Sarkosy a “nasty jumped up little spiv” and the new president, Franciose Hollande , “a second rate provincial schoolmaster”…... I just love these British eccentrics! do you think he will be invited back? LOL!
Just something I would like to know though…I wonder if the ladies, confer and co-ordinate the colours of their outfits?
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