The lead-up to the Diamond Jubilee celebrations to mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign is bringing back fond memories of the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Prince William and Kate Middleton.
As I waddled up to Wandsworth Common on 29 April 2011, enjoying the unusually warm spring weather and heavily pregnant, I passed several street parties lined with banners and flags. It was an unusual but fantastic sight; how often do we socialise with our neighbours these days?
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 2012
Local authorities have spent the last year encouraging us to get involved by setting up street parties or attending local events such as The Big Lunch over the long weekend. Britain has reacted enthusiastically and 10,000 street parties are said to be taking place across the country over June 2 to 5.
I am not exactly a ‘royalist’, but as we near the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee I remember just how much I love living in London. I wonder if the weekend events and celebrations are exciting us more because we remember with fondness William and Kate’s big day?
Even though we promised we wouldn’t sit and watch the wedding, the majority of us just couldn’t resist. Some of us, not mentioning names, even sat and shed a little tear (I blame the hormones… ). Perhaps it is simply because we love the Queen? Or maybe we’re just excited about the double bank holiday giving us a four-day Jubilee weekend?
Diamond Jubilee – weather forecast
Even better, the rain has finally come to a stop after April showers took things a little too far and the *weather forecast for the Jubilee weekend looks set to be perfect for a Pimms. (*well it was, things have changed since I wrote this blog, rain rain go away… ).
On a personal note, it is even more special this year that this year’s Royal Jubilee celebrations fall on our daughter’s first birthday – we always say she is a little princess (well most of the time).