OT: All hail Good Queen Bess!


I just finished watching the last half of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the Thames, billed as the biggest event of its kind in 350 years.  BBC America can actually air something other than “Top Gear” and “Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares“–amazing! In spite of considerable rain–well, it IS England, after all–everyone soldiered on and made the best of it (again, it IS England).

A total of 1,000 vessels took part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the Thames this morning.

Rain drops fogged some of the camera lenses and there were occasional glitches in transmission, with audio disappearing and images breaking up. A planned flyover had to be cancelled.

Nonetheless, it was an impressive event, with all those boats, ships and barges participating in the parade, throngs looking on from the banks. And most people seemed to be having a good time of it in spite of the chilly, wet weather.  The singers atop the vessel carrying the London Philharmonic Orchestra looked like drowned rats in black but they were still smiling and singing “Land of Hope & Glory” with great gusto. And the Queen seemed to be enjoying it all, her only concession to the bleak weather a wrap she eventually put on. All the royals looked very spiffy, including the honoree.

Prince Harry, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William look resplendent for the occasion.

Queen Elizabeth waves from the royal barge.

(all photos courtesy of the Guardian UK)

Queen Elizabeth is 86, just a little younger than my mother would be if she was still alive. I believe she stood through the entire event. I am 35 years her junior, and I don’t think I could have managed that feat. My hat is off to you, my dear lady.

I look at her white permed curls and think of my mother’s crowning glory. I study her black handbag and wonder–what does a Queen carry in her purse? Pictures of her grandchildren? Tissues or a handkerchief in the event of a sniffle? Lipstick in a suitably demure shade and a compact?Breath mints? After all, she has to meet so many people and it wouldn’t do for a monarch to have halitosis.

Seriously, I admire the queen. She’s weathered a lot in her 60-year reign. She’s the only monarch I and many others have known on the British throne.  Her mother lived a very long life and she may very well do the same. And Queen Elizabeth doesn’t seem to be ready to step down any time soon. After all, it’s good being Queen.

I wish her all the best.

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    • She really has. Broken marriages for all her children save Edward, Diana’s death, that fire at Windsor, her country seeing economic and societal challenges . . . and still she stands. Literally and figuratively.

  1. She’s amazing for her age! I was in England for the 50th anniversary at Queen. I was amazed at how well she was doing then. Her hat in to die for! I was boating today as well! But we were on the James River. We went past all of the Plantations and made it almost to Jamestown before a big tanker came down! We decided we didn’t want to get in the wake of that huge monstrosity, so we turned back! Not as exciting as boating on the Thames for the Queen, and we certainly weren’t as stylish, but we had fun!

  2. I heard that she was standing for over five hours. I wish I had her stamina! I think she looks very stylish too, always does.
    No one does pomp and ceremony quite like the British!

    • The pageantry was wonderful to witness. Those poor rowers had to have considerable stamina, too, although I am sure most of them were considerable younger than the Queen. She and Prince Philip drove right by us in a dark green Jag when we were at Windsor–the day of Edward and Sophie’s wedding rehearsal–and she was wearing a yellow dress and matching hat. I was so startled to be that close to them I completely forgot I was holding the camera in my hand. Benny teased me plenty about that. 😉

    • Benny watched the first part and I saw the second, so our family did our bit for the Mother Country. 😉 I hoped there would already be photos up, what with the immediacy of digital photos, and sure enough, there were.

  3. I watched all of this yesterday and will watch the Jubilee Concert tonight and the lighting of the beacons. Nobody does this better than us Brits. Here’s to the next Jubilee your Majesty.

    • @AJ Daisy, what did you think of Paul McCartney’s performance? I read some very negative comments about it saying he’s completely lost his voice! I haven’t seen the concert myself.

      • You probably had a much better view! 🙂 The weather was miserable, but people were there in their thousands.

        • Yes, they had splendid television coverage. I was so pleased BBCA set aside the programming time to air as much of the celebration as they did. Even my husband watched some of it. It’s a shame the weather couldn’t have cooperated better, but people certainly turned out anyway. There were times when big fat raindrops fogged the images a bit. 😉

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