Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Happy Diamond Jubilee Day

It's a national holiday over here in the UK!  The Queen is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee (60 years on the throne).

It's been crazy busy around these parts but I'm planning to catch up on some sewing and blogging today! YAY!

Are you watching/participating in any of the festivities?


  1. We watched a bit of the river pageant on TV last night - I was just absolutely amazed at how many people were there!!

  2. Graca ResendesJune 05, 2012 1:32 PM

    I've been watching over here [royal hand waving from across the pond] the CBC (Canadian Broadcast Corporation) is doing a wonderful job with the coverage. I enjoyed watching the Canadian One Canoe on the Thames River, that was something. I know it was a wee boat, but the canoe is rich in history. Enjoy your holiday!    

  3. You'd think the venerable British institution that I work for would give their NY office the day off for the Jubilee. But no. Sigh. No celebrations here. 

  4. Even though I only live an hours drive from the palace, I have stayed home :( My little one is only 4 and the crowds would have been to much for her. We've watched the river pageant and the concert last night which looked phenomenal and as for the parade today; well it makes you glad to be british when you see the support that is out for the queen today.  :)

  5. Vanessa DavidsonJune 05, 2012 4:18 PM

    Loved all the old photos and video coverage of the Queens early days - I bet that helps keep you inspired!

  6. CharlottepowellbrooksJune 05, 2012 5:52 PM

    we had a tea party in out little village, it was great! I managed to whip up a red white and blue top in a hour and a half just for the occasion!

  7. I wish there were festivities here! :) I've been excited to read about it though, and saw a wonderful series of photos from one of the flotillas. Not the big one today, though I'm hoping when I'm home from work I can catch some footage on TV!

  8. I spent today, among other things, teaching ten-year-olds about the American Revolution at the house museum where I work...pretty much the opposite of Jubilee festivities! We have a great story about the fate of some hapless Loyalists whose (stabbed as/in effigy) portraits hang in the house's study, though. Hope your holiday was great!

  9. I haven't watched much of the coverage but read about it online & pour over the pictures.  I did watch the BBC special by Prince Charles & the 20/20 interview with Katie Couric.  I preferred the one by Prince Charles.  Love the Queen, her style & grace.  It would be great to have a figure to rally behind who is not political. 

  10. Debi_myhappysewingplaceJune 12, 2012 7:08 PM

    Oh...I'll have to watch the coverage from Prince Charles!!! Thanks for the heads up :)

  11. Debi_myhappysewingplaceJune 12, 2012 7:08 PM

    Sounds like your Diamond Jubilee was fabulous....I would love to hear the story behind the hapless Loyalist!

  12. Debi_myhappysewingplaceJune 12, 2012 7:09 PM

    BRILLIANT! Sounds like a fun way to celebrate the diamond jubilee!! I just love the top you made!

  13. Oh man! Good times! It's fascinating! We have these two portraits, of Henry Barnes and his wife Christian (yes, Christian), who were Loyalists in a Massachusetts Bay Colony town called Middleborough. They fed a redcoat unit, or patrol, or something--some subdivision of a British regiment that was passing through town--and thus angered the local Sons of Liberty, who rushed in to tar and feather Henry for his seditious behavior.

    They escaped in time, fleeing to Nova Scotia and then back to England, but the Patriots stabbed Christian's and shot Henry's portrait as a warning of what would happen if they ever returned to town. The portraits ended up with a relative whose heir, several generations later, left most of the historical objects in her estate to the museum and archive where I work, and ta-da! Instant Revolutionary War lesson.

    (They also tarred and feathered Henry's HORSE. It was apparently quite common to tar and feather a Loyalist's possessions if the offender himself were unavailable, but the horse? Really?)


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