|Jubilee Street Party|
Whilst not an ardent Royalist, I am glad we have them!! They attract so many tourists to our small island nation and foster a great sense of national identity. Had we been in the UK now, we would have gone to London to be part of the celebrations just as we did ten years ago for the Golden Jubilee. On that occasion, we were living in Kent and hadn't planned to go up to town, but on the morning of the main event, we made a last-minute decision to go. We put a bottle of champagne and a 'thrown-together' picnic in a backpack and made a dash for the train. The train was full of like-minded people and the atmosphere was incredible!! Once in town, we made our way, via Victoria, to Buckingham Palace and found the perfect vantage point behind the railings close to the Victoria Memorial (the site of the stage for the recent concert). We were hours early, but there were crowds already and we soon got talking to people from all over the world, most of whom expressed their envy that we were British and had ready access to events such as this. The day was wonderful and memories of it are still very vivid.
|The Jubilee Concert & Firework Display|
So, there you have it. I'm British and proud! It is not only state occasions such as these which make me feel this way and I will probably write about other things later, but, for now, it was these events that polarised my thoughts. Roll on the next great event - The Olympics, London 2012!!!
|Trooping the Colour|