I raise a toast to the Duke of Lancaster.

“Congratulations on your diamond jubilee and long may you reign.”

Diamond Jubilee

In celebration of the Diamond Jubilee I had planned to attend the ‘three gardens party’ arranged by my neighbours for Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately the weather had other ideas… It turned bitterly cold overnight and there was torrential rain all day.

Mum was visiting for an evening meal and we decided that discretion was the better part of valour so the afternoon was spent watching the BBC coverage of the Flotilla along the Thames. I took a few photographs of the BBC coverage and this is one of them.

In celebration of the event (and another upcoming one) we cracked a bottle of bubbly to accompany our evening meal.

24 Comments CherryPie on Jun 4th 2012

24 Responses to “Diamond Jubilee”

  1. At least with all the rain there was no chance of the Thames running dry yesterday!

  2. Its a shame the weather wasn’t like it was last week (very sunny and warm), but I don’t think it dampened spirits too much – Her Majesty certainly seemed to be enjoying the day :)

    It gave us lots of opportunities to make some (rubbish?) jokes too: a new definition of “long to reign over us” is one that springs to mind…

  3. I saw the real one yesterday!
    Yes, the Royal Barge without the Royal Family though.
    It was after the Flotilla at about 7pm, near my flat.

    Apparently, the Queen and Prince Philips didn’t quite like the front seats.
    The barge designer forgot to include a windshield. Ha…

  4. Frida says:

    They showed the celebration on TV here in Sweden so I saw some while zapping through several channels :-)

  5. Claude says:

    I love the way our Queen dresses. I’m waiting for a video to see it well with friends. To the Queen!

    • CherryPie says:

      She is a very elegant lady, I have always admired her. Unlike our governments over the years she has always been very much in tune with the people.

  6. Lisl says:

    I was so pleased that this was such a successful event in spite of the weather. It was a joy to see the Queen so happy

    • CherryPie says:

      It was a joyous event and I think everyone involved enjoyed it, which allowed those watching from afar (including me) to enjoy the event too :-)

  7. Astrid says:

    We also watched it at the BBC. I have never seen the Queen more content. I could see that she really loved it. She is a remarkable lady. Too bad that her husband ended up in the hospital, I do hope he will recover soon.

    • CherryPie says:

      She is a remarkable lady. I had not heard about Prince Philip, I had to look up the news to see what had happened…

      I expect he caught a chill, it was freezing in England yesterday. That is the main reason we didn’t pop over the ‘three gardens party’, my Mum was round to enjoy the celebrations and her health was more important.

      I wish Prince Philip a speedy recovery too.

  8. james higham says:

    A nice weekend was had by all methinks.

  9. liz says:

    I hope your mum was more cheerful than HM. A shame about the garden party; the weather caused a few problems.

  10. Ginnie says:

    We really WERE glued to the tube for this grand occasion, Cherry. You can be very proud of the presentation to the world of this unique celebration. Astrid hopes it will be made into a DVD for us to buy!

    • CherryPie says:

      Some of the people I met on my holidays were also fascinated by the occasion. I am sure the BBC will get round to making a video of it :-)

  11. Mickie Brown says:

    I have so enjoyed watching the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee on TV. Such pomp and pageantry –a spectacular event. Glad those things can be shared with the rest of the world-thank you technology. Have a lovely weekend. Mickie ;)

    • CherryPie says:

      Thanks Mickie it seems everybody from around the world has enjoyed the occasion equally.

      I hope you have had a good weekend :-)

  12. Andrew says:

    All the time and effort that went into making those magnificent throne-like seats and I don’t think they sat on them once. As a craftsman or craftswoman, I’d be peeved.

    • CherryPie says:

      I thought that it was odd that they didn’t use them. In the above comment LC says it is because there was no wind-shield and it was cold, which perhaps explains it…