And it is wonderful to hear you say that!
Me too! Her Majesty makes me proud to be British, what a lady, what an amazing lady.Carol xx
...even more than pudding- now that's a lot of love!
A very lot!
I understand you. After watching the nautical parade all Sunday afternoon I love the Queen and the Royal family too. Kate was especially classy and elegant. My sister has been in London all week with her husband. I'm so JEALOUS !!!
Thank god, I am heartily sick of the Republican sentiment rammed down our throats as though they are the majority. I'd say given the crowds in London would suggest we aren't ready to abandon our monarchy just yet. Long live the pudding...,,,sorry the Queen :)
For me it is a close run thing.
I think pudding wins for me.
Hmmm...I just don't get it!
I am not at all a royalist but I do have respect for the Queen. I prefer a benign dictator over a democratically voted for despot, which I think might be the alternative. The theory of it all is very suspect to me - I don't enjoy being anyone's 'subject' for instance but the practice of it all can be quite pleasant and cheering to morale. I just couldn't be one of those flag wavers myself. Nevertheless I enjoy the spectacle and the feeling of togetherness it induces and it has to be said that the Queen has done a jolly good job, elected or not. I live in London and obviously the centre is full of all the celebrations. I can honestly say though that apart from in Tesco's I haven't seen a single bit of bunting or heard of any local celebrations. That was not the case when I was a child at the last jubilee.
I wish I had been able to be there - my son was, though that's because he's in the Band of the Irish Guards and felt "immensely proud and privileged" to be playing there! As he said, he had the best seats in the house!I am a royalist not just because I respect the Queen but also because, when I look around at other countries and their presidents, I think how lucky we are to have someone who is above politics etc. and all the shenanigans that happen!
You are lucky to have her, Sue. I don't, and am thinking that perhaps, to be fair, I should have two puddings.
Gosh mise, I feel so sorry for you. you should certainly have two puddings. At once.
You know what? That post made me laugh more than anything else today. Brilliant! "I bloody love the queen, more than pudding" - :D
HuRRRAAAAYYYYYYY!Oh though, it is a little like a 'Daddy or chips' moment.
I found myself watching it on TV and I couldn't tear myself away. I can't believe anyone would want to abolish the tradition and mechanism that made the UK so great...and so desirable that so many other people want to live there.The world has plenty of Republics already, God Save the Queen!
From across the pond, I rather love Her Majesty, too. It has been so fun to watch the celebration! Best wishes to her for many more years! :)
I so happy you had a great Jubilee weekend Sue. So sorry we weren't there to celebrate with all our fellow Brits. Nothing like old street parties and waving of flags, I used to love them as a kid. I heard from family via Facebook that the concert and celebrations were wonderful. Have a great week.
I love your pudding pictures with all the little flags! I've always loved the Queen and all she represents, now, more than ever. She's marvellous, isn't she? I adored all the celebrations, followed over here on TV. I loved the documentaires with Charles about his childhood and found the making of the Jubilee song and the travels of Gary Barlow just lovely. It makes me proud to be British and sometimes I miss being British after living abroad for so long!
I'm with Faye here; I feel the whole royalty thing is outdated and finacially bloated and I LOATHE the hangers-on BUT........... I do love a bit of Pomp and Circumstance now and then, a good flag-waving outing does us all a world of good (though i would not be one of the flag wavers) and I so agree that we'd be a lot worse off with a president - can you see any of the revolting chancers on offer at the moment generating any respect or love? I don't think so. My feeling is, however, it's the Queen herself who holds it all together, don't give a lot for the Monarchy's chances when she goes.......
Here in Australia we either sit up all night to watch or catch all the highlights in the morning. What a spectacle!! Wish I was there. I love her too !! We are waving our Aussie flags to joining in.PS. I feel a little like Lynne though about the future and I'm a bit afraid of what we'll think and do when that awful Camilla stakes her claim on being our queen. Very turbulent times ahead for the royals I'm afraid
I like Camilla.
psssst. Me too :D
Oh Sue, here in Oz I've had a virtual smorgasboard of Royal Family this weekend and it was fantastic! Nowhere is such pomp, parade and pageantry done better - it looked wonderful - I love the Mall with the trees and flags.I am constantly amazed by the Queen. Her workload puts the younger generations to shame, she is gracious and intelligent, and once more showed us how the show must go on as you keep a stiff upper lip no matter what is happening behind the scenes. Imagine making the commitment to serve at such a young age, and then doing it so wholeheartedly and humbly.Long live the Queen!
I don't know how anyone can seriously think we'd be better off with an alternative - Tony Blair for president? No thank you. The Queen dedicates herself to this country and I'm sure there are many days she'd like to stay in with her feet up, especially now she's in her eighties, and she gains immense respect worldwide because she has no political agenda except to promote the Country's (and the Commonwealth's)interests. I don't fear for the future of the monarchy, if the Prince of Wales ever becomes King (I say that realistically as the Queen could in theory outlive him, not because I think it should skip to William),I'm we shall experience exactly the same effect as Edward the seventh who was decried then became a very much loved king. Anyone who doubts Charles has only to take a really good look at the number of things he (and Camilla)already do and ignore the Diana worshippers and all the other silly rumours - it's a long time since we laughed at people who talk to plants and worry about ecology and the state of our architecture. I hope the Queen will be with us for some years yet, but I don't think the monarchy is ready to give up when she goes.
Absolutely. I'm very keen on Prince Charles too and as for the following generation, well, I think those boys are flipping marvellous. I think the future of the monarchy has never looked better.
hear hear. I am stepping firmly out of the royal closet waiving a union jack.
Me too!What a fabulous weekend. It makes me so proud.(we had the pudding at the same time....)
Another Aussie here - we have been watching all the Jubilee shows on the ABC and yes, I love the Queen too! The whole monarchy thing, in fact! It's a bit of fairytale magic and history all rolled into one. Long live the Queen!
*waves flag wildly* loved it, loved her, took the children - got squished in the crowds, got wet as the planes flew over, trawled exhausted back to Waterloo But new it was a complete success when my troops informed us on the way home, that the day had "been immense" and "totally awesome" Long Live the Queen Indeed. :)
Am not English so my sentiments about the whole Jubilee weekend are not as strong as yours, however, I do think the Queen is an amazing lady and a great ambassador for Britain/Commonwealth and I have to admit that I do have a soft spot for Charles, but having an extra holiday in the calendar was definitely the icing on that cake.... Pati x
But what about King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia Pati? How do the Spanish people view their monarch -with affection, dislike or indifference?
I think that in general people like and respect the King and Queen in Spain and for Prince Felipe (and his wife Letizia); there seems to be real affection for them. It is a bit like here in England that some people like the institution of the monarchy and others think that it is a waste of money etc... I think it is an alternative, non-political representation to the country, which is good. Recently, there's been quite a lot of controversy, however as one of the King's sons-in-law has been supposedly involved in a money laundering, tax evation, corruption type of scandal, which in these times of crisis, have angered people big time. Have a lovely weekend! x Pati
Interesting, thanks for that Pati. You have a lovely weekend too x
Just like to add - I'm not anti Charles and Camilla, I just feel they don't have the overall support the Queen has , nor the affection people have for William. Still, as Jee says, people may chage their minds when he ascends the throne. No, I support his 'greenness' and the way he shakes up th every establishment he is supposed to represent when he writes his letters, kicking them up the backside. Soemone who is a thorn in the side of bumptious bodies can't be all wrong!!
All the more pudding for me!No offence to the queen, who I have no reason to believe is anything other than a perfectly good woman, but I have fundamental issues with hereditary privilege. We would, I'm sure, be horrified at the thought of Mr Cameron (or Blair) holding on until their children came of age, or the Archbishop, or the Pope or any other leader, and quite rightly so. The right to govern, in whatever capacity, should be awarded on merit and not by accident of birth.Having said that, although I did not wave a flag or put up any bunting, I wholeheartedly respect the right of others to do so and am glad they all had such a good time.
that looks yum
I bloody love this post, way more than pudding. And without meaning to offend anyone, I think that to reduce what the monarchy is to a debate about hereditary privilege rather misses the point. Most presidents come from the ranks of the 'privileged', but they don't have the weight of history behind them our royals do. The royal family are dedicated to serving their country for the sake of their country, unlike most career politicians who may be dedicated to serving their country but are also dedicated to serving themselves. God save the Queen!
No offence taken Annie but neither should we fall into the trap of believing that all politicians are self seeking or corrupt. Our neighbour Ireland has elected two succesive women presidents (Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese) who are both credited with having done a good job. The weight of history is no more guarantee of suitability than a career in law/business/government/social sector etc, but at least we are given a choice.
Great posts but very interesting comments too. I love the Queen and I'm a supporter of Charles, Camilla, the boys and Catherine too. I am also very fond of Prince Phillip.The pudding looks delish.
I am a bit late to this party BUT I was in Cornwall for all the celebrations, including a Falmouth Street Party with my brother. I am with you Sue, definitely more than pudding! Cheers, Shelagh (English born & bred, but my life has been in Vermont for 40yrs).
Dear Sue,I really hope the Queen sees this post, bless her. I think she would be chuffed.Best wishes,Siobhan xo
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