Yesterday was a big day for many in Britain as people across the country rolled up their sleeves and created a huge outdoor party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
There are those who think the time for a monarchy has passed and they were noticeably absent, but I enjoyed the afternoon’s festivities and the opportunity to get know some of my neighbors a bit better. There were games for all but with a focus on the children and the food we brought to share was bountiful and delicious.
We had gorgeous weather yesterday which was much appreciated especially by the people who had worked so hard to make our village ” block party ” a huge success!
Going through my photographs from yesterday’s celebration, I kept seeing images that while they were clearly taken at the two events I attended, they had the appearance of another story, one with details not as obvious as the reason we were all together and some that were completely unrelated.
Ten years ago Britain celebrated the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. I was aware of course, but I wouldn’t visit the UK for the first time until the following summer in 2003 so it didn’t mean as much to me then. I admired the Queen though for a variety of reasons and marveled even then at how much she managed to do at 76. Ten years later she seems to have barely slowed down.
If you had told me in 2002 that I would be here for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, eating Pavlova and singing “God Save The Queen,” I’m not sure I would have believed you, but I would have certainly considered that it might make a good story.
Dora got into the spirit with a few banners to dress up her look a bit.
My sweet tooth and camera went into overdrive with all the colorful cakes and pastries decorating the long table.
I missed the Empire Biscuits when they made it to the table. Interestingly, these were called German biscuits until WWI when they were renamed.
My friend Tina … taking a break from watching the Saffron Maids dance.
The Saffron Maids like to get the audience involved in the dance and you don’t need to be a maid to participate.
For some strange reason this dance made me think of A Chorus Line.
This Pavlova was my favorite thing … I understand why people rave about Pavlova so much now.
So exciting & thanks for sharing these fabulous photos! I’ve been watching from Chicago…but it must be wonderfully fun in England! Cheers to the Queen and God bless her!
Thanks Helen, it has been great fun. I’m glad you liked the photos. I have more from the second event that I’ll share on Thursday.
I just watch the news about the celebration from my country. Perhaps some other years, I can visit England for sure :).
Thanks so much for sharing…that was lovely.
I think you’re the only place in the history of the event that had sunshine – it poured with rain here. I will post more later but love the ‘generations’ shot…
I wondered if anyone would notice that shot of our elderly neighbor with one of our youngest … and it was the shot John commented on too. As for the rain, it’s been raining since … I woke to more this morning, but I think I’m seeing the sun trying to break through. We just got lucky on Monday. Are back you in UK yet?
Thanks for sharing the photos! It seems to be quite the community event. I wish our Fourth of July celebrations were more like that.
Your street party looks lovely, our street party got rained off, I was so sad. We still had neighbours come to our kitchen and we toasted the Queen with Pimms, but not the same, hoping we can have a jubilympics party in July. Love your intergenerational shot too, great photos.