Thursday, 7 June 2012

Jubilee - Long Live The Queen.

I think I can speak for the whole of the UK and Common Wealth that this jubilee weekend will go down in history.

I know I have said in the past that I am not a huge fan of the Royal Family. I think if they paid taxes then I might feel a little less hostile towards them. In saying that there is one thing I do love about having a monarchy. 

They make me feel very patriotic and extremely proud, at times like the jubilee, to be British. I know I am biased but I love being British. I love my country and it will always be my home. I adore our history and the traditions and cultures we have created. And I know the British monarchies have had a major influential role in that. 

Just sometimes we lose sight of that and that is one thing the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations allowed me to reflect on. That in a time where the world seems constantly under attack, where there's so much unjust in the news and rivalry between nations...that sometimes you forget where your roots are and don't celebrate it enough. 

I think it's a fantastic achievement for the Queen to reach 60 years in reign. Yet, despite some of my opinions on certain members of the Royals they have brought a lot good to the world and helped me realise that we're all in it together.

Plus, the UK know how to put one one heck of a party! I was on holiday when they did the flotilla along the Thames. But on Monday night Simon and I watched the Jubilee concert which I thought was fantastic!!!!!

It wasn't just the music. It was the waving of the flags, the sheer volume of people dancing and letting themselves go, the way Buckingham Palace was lit up. It was absolutely brilliant! And the following day watching the fly past and salute to the Queen. Amazing!

Prince Charles did a really moving speech to his Mummy I thought. What stuck with me was when he said this "Thank you for your selfless duty....thank you for making us proud to be British" and that will always stay with me.

This is my favourite picture from the jubilee celebrations. I love the London sky line, the fact that the UK lives up to it's rain and I just LOVE the rainbow. This country will always be the land of hope and glory to me.

Well done done Jubilee 2012 - jolly good show!!!


Hey Monkey Butt said...

Looks like an awesome celebration!!! :)

laura anne said...

I could be wrong, but I think the Queen started paying income tax in the 90s. I imagine if that's the case other royals do to - particularly those like Princess Anne's two children who did not take on royal titles?

Rebecca Louise. said...

She did up until her golden jubilee when it stopped. There's actually a document held in the windsor round tower that says all royals who hold 'titles' don't have to pay tax but instead must carry out set royal duties. Which I don't agree with.

Holly said...

I watched a bit of the Jubilee on TV here, but not very much. What I saw looked amazing though, especially all the boats and the concert.

Also, I laughed when a news presenter was talking about NZ's Prime Minister and called him by the wrong name! :O

Stacie said...

We watched a little bit of it here, too. She looks good for her age! It is an accomplishment for her and it was a fabulous celebration. Good for her... I'd say it'll be a good while before anyone reigns as long as she has. :)

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