On Sunday morning my daughter and I visited London, in our jammies, via satellite. You see June 2nd marked the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation ~ her Diamond Jubilee! She is the second longest reigning monarch in British history, second only to her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. Thanks to BBC America we had the best of all seats for the brilliant Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant – a thrilling flotilla comprised of 1,000 boats of many shapes and sizes.

To celebrate we had tea (well I had tea, Emma had milk), scones, cherry pie, fruit & cream all while watching the pomp & circumstance on the telly. We curtsied to the Queen, practiced our best princess waves, delighted over the beauty of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (whom I like to call Princess Catherine no matter what the “rules say”!) and generally had a ball! Emma was an incredibly good sport considering she’s only a year and a half old! She would clap and say “oh!” every time mommy would jump up and down and point out someone’s arrival or a pretty boat or whatever happened to strike my fancy during the marathon event.

I have always dreamed of living in the UK so I get very excited about all of these celebrations. I love America, I really do – but there is just something magical to me about Britain. I guess the grass is just a lot greener to me on the other side of the pond! Did you miss the weekend events? Never fear! Tune in to either BBC America or ABC on Tuesday to see the star-studded concert extravaganza that is planned. It will feature pop & rock mega stars including Paul McCartney, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Stevie Wonder, and a host of other supremely talented musical legends.

To cap off our day of celebrating all things British – we had fish & chips for supper – yum-o! Did you do anything to celebrate this weekend? I’d love to hear about it!!! If you watched the flotilla, what was your favorite part? I loved the war horse puppet – amazing! And Richard E. Grant’s reading of Wordsworth’s poem ‘On Westminster Bridge’ was pretty special. But my favorite part had to be the finale, I stood and cheered {and cried a bit!} when the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal College of Music Chamber Choir performed Rule Britannia before the Queen. The musician’s were safely tucked inside the boat but the singers were on the top deck getting thoroughly drenched in all the rain and yet they sang their hearts out! Stirring to be sure!! While it may have been raining cats & dogs the joy of all the thousands gathered didn’t appear to be dampened, not one bit.

God Save the Queen! Long May She Reign!!

Happy Celebrating!

Jennifer

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