Celebrations

This weekend has been a spectacular weekend of celebrations for our Queen Elizabeth II and also Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. I would love to be able to share some pictures with you but unfortunately I fear I would be infringing copyright as I wasn’t there to take my own! Since they are among the most photographed people in the world I’m sure you all know what they look like.

The annual Trooping the Colour was held on Saturday, for the Queen’s official birthday (her actual birthday is in April but June is considered a better month for celebration, hence the ‘official’ birthday). This year it was a double celebration as the Queen has just turned 90.

Despite her age the Queen still continues with a packed programme of public engagements as does Prince Philip, who has also just turned 95. What a remarkable couple they are, both still considerably more fit and active than many people of their age. Their public engagements have been scaled down somewhat in recent years, but who can blame them when most other people of their age would have retired long ago? They have both, as is only to be expected, also had some health issues in recent years so now younger members of the Royal family are taking over some of those duties, and rightly so.

On Friday there was a special service in Westminster Abbey to celebrate the Queen’s birthday and her unfailing service to her people during her long reign. Then on Sunday there was a ‘picnic’ in The Mall for representatives of the many and varied charities of which the Queen is patron.

Queen Elizabeth II is our longest-serving monarch. Much has changed during her reign.  She saw us enter the Common Market (the EEC) and witnessed this morph into the undemocratic EU while our eyes were closed. She will now also witness the possibility of our leaving that same organisation, depending on the result of our forthcoming referendum.  However, her role  is purely as a figure-head, she has no political power and we will never know what she feels about this, or indeed any other political issue.

There are people who think the monarchy is an outdated institution but the outpouring of affection on show for the Queen this weekend is undeniable. She is a genuine National Treasure and one of our greatest assets. She has been Queen for as long as I can remember, but she cannot continue for ever, sooner or later there will be a change. I wonder what shape that change will take? In the meantime let us celebrate her continuing reign and this latest milestone in her long life.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Weekly Day
    Jun 14, 2016 @ 04:00:44

    Very interesting to read your thoughts on the queen. It’s all pretty negative over here for the most part, so your thoughts are very new to me.

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  2. Libby
    Jun 14, 2016 @ 20:47:33

    Oh, we had been lead to believe she is popular around the world! In my opinion, I think she is a stabilizing influence on our country who also carries out a great global PR role, along with others of the Royal Family. She has a fine line to walk in public life which she manages very well. She is a focal point in times of national trauma or celebration, a unifying rallying point. I think we have the best of both worlds – a Head of State who has very little political power and a Prime Minister who can never be Head of State and therefore has limitations to his/her power.

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