Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Long to reign over us....

A story of dedication, devotion and determination.

She deserves many diamonds for all of that!

And what a wonderful Diamond Jubilee!

Not only were we reminded of those words and the glory of our monarchy

but we were also treated to a few history lessons on the way.

How touching is this photo?

I think it speaks volumes ; no words or captions are needed.

It simply says it all.

I do hope that Prince Phillip soon recovers. 

The Queen must have been devastated to not have him by her side for

the remainder of the events.

And then there was the River Thames pageant,

weaving its way through our country's capital city, London.

What a show!

1000 vessels and their crews braved the 'not so wonderful weather' to be part of history!

Well done to them all!

I loved the 'then and now' comparison... or the 'Canaletto moment'

as it has been named!

Yes, ok, so the concert had its highs and lows but it made for

good entertainment...well in my house, at least, as I had the added

entertainment of some rather amusing commentary!! ;-)

And then, today, the wonderful Service of Thanksgiving, in St Paul's Cathedral.

So many wise words were spoken during the service...

words which certainly made ME stop and think!

And talking of words...

Words from an 'unknown' lady who was in the crowd 

with her family, this weekend :

''I want my boys to know the joyful, yet humbling sensation
 of being a tiny, atom-like part of an epic historical occasion.
 I would like them to recognise how fortunate they are to have
 a non-political head of state who reigns, but does not rule. 
I want them to know there’s nothing wrong with cheering
 and waving flags and indulging in occasional
 bouts of rousing patriotism.''

The finale of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations

was the icing on the cake!

Out came the carriages !

A truly fabulous and memorable Jubilee, which has taken place in a truly

GREAT place to live.

But, do you know, the final words have to be those of a very young

Princess Elizabeth, when she came to the throne, in 1952:

 "I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, 
shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great 
imperial family to which we all belong."

Selfless devotion.

And to that I say, 'Long Live the Queen!

See you in 2022!'



Miss Holly said...

Oh What a marvelous tribute!! We enjoyed it so much here in the states as well!! The Union Jack is Flying Proudly At Seaview Cottage!!!

Janice said...

Sal, you put it all so nicely. We have been watching from afar over here in Oz and it makes you really appreciate what a wonderful lady the Queen is and how fortunate we are to have her as our head of state.
By the way, you Brits sure do know how to put on a party and you aren't letting a little bit of rain spoil things. We were over there this time last year and there were still some of the trimmings around from the wedding. I can just imagine how wonderful all the streets and shops must be looking at the moment.

delia hornbook said...

aahh Sally you have made me cry what a wonderful and beautiful post you have created. I haven't seen all of these images so its been a real delight to view them now. I really enjoyed the concert last night and also the horse one on Sunday evening. Thank you for a truely beautiful post. dee xx

Bobbie Lynn said...

How beautiful and thank you for sharing with us. Long live the Queen.

Linda Gilbert said...

Hear Hear Sal. Perfectly written and every word so true!

Anonymous said...

GREAT post Sal!
And a GREAT weekend of proud celebration!
Love Amanda (Shabby Chick) xxx

galant said...

A marvellous post, Sal.

And so say all of us, Her Majestry's a jolly good fellow, and so say all of us!
Margaret P

serendipity said...

Yes it was a wonderful weekend, marred only by the "strange" BBC coverage. Feeling very proud to be British :) xx

Daisy said...

Beautiful post Sal. Thank you so much for sharing all your thoughts. Really enjoyed reading it.
Daisy xx

Carol said...

and so say all of us. Great tribute post,Sal.
Hasn't it been marvellous? Her Majesty looks so happy today (despite not having Her husband by Her side). Radiant.
I'm proud to be British and so proud that She is our Monarch, such an example of Service and of keeping promises made.
God Bless Our Queen.
Carol xx

dosierosie said...

Well said! she is such an amazing lady. I have never felt so proud to be British as I have this weekend and I was in the Mall for her 25th but oh how I wished I could have been there for those fireworks.

Mrs. H said...

: )