Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

This week marks Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee--her 60th year on the throne. 

Most, if not all, of the Jubilee events are over now.  I found the excitement enthralling.  People all over the world have been celebrating.  Our U.S. news shows sent reporters there to film the celebrations and talk about them.  There’ve been flotillas on the River Thames.  Speeches.  Dinners.  Concerts.

I admit I’m not one of the people who watches or reads about U.S. celebs much.  Paparazzi aren’t my best friends, nor are they, or their stories, of particular interest to me.  So why am I so interested in what goes on in England?

Well, I admit it.  It’s largely because I met my first Cavalier King Charles Spaniels on my first trip to London many years ago.  I was hooked.  On the dogs, at least.  And I was impressed by the country that gave birth to the breed.

Now, I have to say I’m a bit put off by the fact that the queen’s celebrations didn’t seem to include her own dogs--her Corgis.  At least not publicly.  I haven’t seen any at the events marking the queen’s anniversary.  Maybe they’re celebrating quietly at home, treated well by their staff.  But I’d like to see them. Hear from them.  Get their take on what’s going on.

In any event, I’ve watched some of the celebrations on TV with my Cavaliers at my side.  I told them that their ancestors came from the place that’s being featured so colorfully.

Their reactions?  Mostly to demand that we play ball, put them outside, or let them watch out the front door... in other words, they’re not impressed.

But happy Diamond Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth, and may you enjoy many more celebrations to come.


Janie Emaus said...

I've missed most of the celebrations, but I heard they've been great.

Linda O. Johnston said...

The way they used different lighting effects on Buckingham Palace was particularly amazing, Janie--and the part of the concert I watched and listened to was fun.

Mollie Bryan said...

I missed the celebrations, too. But I gotta say the Queen is an amazing woman.

Linda O. Johnston said...

I agree, Mollie!

Betty Hechtman said...

I just caught the end of the concert and the fireworks, but thought it was very exciting.

Betty Hechtman said...

I just caught the end of the concert and the fireworks, but thought it was very exciting.

Linda O. Johnston said...

I didn't watch the whole thing either, Betty, but I enjoyed what I saw.

Chrystle Fiedler said...

I love London and the UK! I've visited twice and it felt like a home away from home. Thanks for posting this!