A weekend of cultural phenomena is over. Time for a cup of tea.
Thousands of Union Jacks being fluttered in front of the Palace by hundreds of thousands of people. It made me think about what we are told about some other countries – that they HAVE to act as if they are fans of the authorities or they are in fear of their lives or their freedom. It is great to know that Republicans were free and welcome to stand with their placards stating their objections to the monarchy, knowing they had every right and freedom to do so. What a great country/kingdom!
I am sure that group mentality had a lot to do with the popularity of the event – but I do find it amazing that the Queen managed to draw the crowds.
There were some horrible days in the past, with most of her children’s marriages going horribly wrong, then all the bad feeling and accusations surrounding the death of Diana.
But Elizabeth, Queen of Scots/II pulled it back. What a great turn out – and not a sniff of coercion. A public ballot for tickets – and then hundreds of thousands turning out just for a glimpse.
I think it is to do with the reality of it. When I watch Royal processions and formal events I always draw a parallel with Disney and the palaces and processions that are put on for the crowds -with Mickey at the centre. But none of it is real.
The royal show is real. It is flesh and blood and history. The whole river taken over for the flotilla. The city standing still for the processions and the concert. Flags and people lining the streets looking out for the Queenie wave. People sleeping out so they have the best spot to see things.
For some people it is important to be there, to live the history being made.
Such a contrast to the London of almost a year ago with rioters taking hold of the streets and a spirit of lawlessness – suddenly turned into this respect for duty and service that the Queen embodies for many.
So, what do I think of it all?
The BBC do a good job in terms of capturing the key images, but their commentary varies in quality. The event organisers need a raise. Comedians are not funny.
The Scottish reaction has been interesting. I think it is kind of odd that Alex Salmond is pro-queen – but with her Balmoral links, the Royal Mile and all that – maybe the royal thing is an asset for a hypothetical Independent Scotland. It’s the union of parliaments, not the union of crowns under scrutiny these days. Not sure how the monarchy thing would pan out if we were independent.
However, by being constant, the Queen has managed to leave the past in the past and get on with the present. Who’d have thought that Camilla could take a place on the balcony?
I hope the Queen gets to go and have some relaxed banter with the Duke of Edinburgh, and a cup of tea.
I’ll never see another Diamond Jubilee (unless the Queen dies very soon, Charles abdicates immediately, William reigns till 2072 and I live to be 100. Well, 99 and a half).