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!!!