Monday, June 11, 2012
Last year during Will and Kate's wedding we attended a wedding party with friends and then Fen and I dragged the kids down to the mall - the long stretch of road leading up to Buckingham Palace - and St. James Park to see the festivities. You can read about that and see the pics here.
But during the wonderful flotilla parade we decided to skip the crowds along the Thames and stay home - mostly because it was pouring rain - not just drizzling but relentless sheets of rain. We skipped the street parties too for the same reason. Instead we stayed in, had a party of our own - I broke out a fancy table cloth, we had cloth napkins and ate: BBQ ribs, corn on the cob and apple pie. Not British at all, but we had fun. The kids loved it.
It's really nice to see the country come together to celebrate their Queen. It's not part of the daily discussion really, she's just there, doing her thing. People complain about the royals (including me. I don't like the fact that my tax money went to fund part of the royal wedding!) but when it comes right down to it - no one, and I mean NO ONE does pomp and circumstance like the Brits. And they have a Queen! Come on - that's just fantastic.
I was a double major - 18th century British Fiction and History - Britain 1600-1800 with a minor in Creative Writing. So I do fancy the royals a wee bit, always have.
And NO ONE does documentaries like the Brits. There's usually one on a royal or historical figure or a castle/manor house every Saturday on the BBC. They are brilliant. I don't miss them. I've learned more about the Queen's behind their famous husband kings than I ever cared to know. And I'm grateful for it.
I'm very rah-rah the royals today! God save the Queen ('cause heaven knows we don't want Charles at the helm!).