Platinum Jubilee

A few images from the Platinum Jubilee Weekend currently being celebrated in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, over this especially extended weekend here in the UK. Not everyone has the weekend off, but for those that do, there are a few tea parties and picnics going on.

Platinum Jubilee Ribbon, Cake and Flowers

Previous Jubilees

Queen Elizabeth II has celebrated several jubilees in her 70 years as sovereign.

  • 1977 – Silver
  • 1992 – Ruby
  • 2002 – Golden
  • 2012 – Diamond
  • 2017 – Sapphire
  • 2022 – Platinum

I have memories of the three major jubilees. In 1977, a street party was organised in the street where my family lived. We had trestle tables, tablecloths, bunting, balloons, music and games, along with a beautiful celebratory cake baked by my mum.

In 2002 (two years prior to MEcfs descending), I was then Chairman of the Junior School PTA, and organised jelly and ice cream to be made by parents for the Primary year children. Fitting it all in the school kitchen fridge took some negotiation, as did the serving of it. Parents were incredibly generous in their efforts. It all worked out in the end, and most importantly the children loved it.

And in 2012 (8 years into MEcfs) I remember the Olympics, bringing some much needed cheer into our family living with the challenges of a parent (myself) with Chronic Illness. We were in the throws of the gut wrenching decision to have to sell our home. A destraction was welcome. We now rent it, as I was too ill to move home. And although galling at times, I’m glad that we can. It did at least give our children stability, As they approached landmark exams in their education. It didn’t phase them, they did so well. #ProudMum

In 2022, we are more used to it, and with life a bit more stable, but my health still not great. We now miss much time with our children, them now being grown and flown. As they should be. As I can’t travel to them. But we’re hoping one day that I can.

Choices for a Queen

I found it very poignant hearing of the Queen having to decide what she can or can’t manage to attend during her Jubilee celebrations. Many of us can relate within our far more humble lives. By missing countless landmarks equally important to us, and finding it at times heartbreaking. I have also found it irritating, the way in which some coverage has continually zoned in on her fluctuating mobility. I wish they would stop it. She is not her mobility issues, she is who she is. An intelligent, dedicated person.

Moving on…

The Celebrations

I can’t claim to be a massive royalist, hence only possessing a tiny cake flag and I only have eurovision bunting! But I do have a great deal of respect for the Queen. I hope she enjoys the commemorations and knows that her steadfast role of the past 70 years of incredible grace and fortitude, is appreciated by many.

Trooping of the Colour and Beacons

Thursday saw the beginning of festivities with the Trooping of the Colour. I caught the tail end, as we crawled back in from the optician. The need for a further eye examination done, which I was glad of.

Trooping of the colour

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Lighting of celebratory beacons across the country followed, preceded by much song, merriment and playing of bagpipes. And some rather humongous wooden beacon stacks! The history of beacons dating back to the battles with the Spanish Armada.

Flaming Beacon
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Service of Thanksgiving

Yesterday, Friday, a Service of Thanksgiving was held in the Queens honour. Her Majesty wasn’t in attendance at the celebratory service at St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London. As well as attended by dignitaries, also by four hundred people invited from the NHS and roles of service in the community. I think that is lovely. You can download an Order of Service.

St Paul's Cathedral
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The Queen, as a nonagenarian, can I imagine only manage so many events. The service was televised, unsurprisingly, so it’s very possible she watched it at home. As I did (in my pjs). Many of us in the chronic illness/disability community do hope Her Majesty might consider using a wheelchair occasionally during public engagements. It would give many people a much needed stigma free voice. And isn’t a sign of weakness, but of strength and a can do spirit.

Thanksgiving Service at St Paul's

The Archbishop of York gave a wonderful sermon at St Paul’s Cathedral. He hales from Essex, and was Bishop of Chelmsford for 10 years. Have to get an Essex plug in!

Readings

I did, however, struggle listening to our Prime Minister read the New Testament reading from Philippians 4.

Here is the New Testament reading.

Philippians 4:4-9 NIV

Final Exhortations4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

I hope he and his Home Secretary were caused to reflect on some of their decisions. I prayed their hearts would be touched with remorse. Perhaps that was the intention with this particular reading.

Beautiful Music and Sentiments

But that aside, it was a beautiful service with much pomp, pageantry and beautiful music. The pledges read at the close by young people representing the 15 countries where her Majesty continues to be Head of State, were very moving. We can only hope that the adults responding vocally in agreement will act accordingly, for the benefit of the young and the world they will inherit.

The closing fanfare was note perfect.

Palace Gates
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The Festivities Continue

On Saturday evening a concert will be held in front of Buckingham Palace, with several famous names in the line up. One being from, you guessed it, Essex! Woop!🎉 With the Platinum Jubilee celebrations culminating in a parade through Central London on Sunday. Which I only heard about today. Not that I’ll be there, lol!

Am I Celebrating?

It’s a pretty quiet weekend here at MEcfs-ville. My husband has to work, bless him, and I am doing a lot of resting following two trips to the optician. Such an exciting life! But I’m grateful to get a view of the proceedings from my sofa, along with a herbal tea, the company of my doggo, peace and quiet (as the excavators are still), and a cup cake or three. One day, one day I will make it to London. You will certainly hear about it when I do.

A Cupcake and Union Jack flag

Closing Thoughts

With all differences aside, and whatever your feelings on the monarchy, wishing a very happy Platinum Jubilee weekend from here. A time for reflection and thanksgiving. And hoping that the trees planted as part of the Queens canopy will grow from strength to strength. They will be a lasting legacy and are much needed.

Tree canopy
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A very happy Platinum Jubilee to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Have a blessed day

Penny signing off
Doodle of yellow flower in a mint green flower pot.
Flower

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2 thoughts on “Platinum Jubilee

  1. Love this post Penny!
    I really enjoyed the service this morning from bed.
    I too thought about her Majesty using a wheelchair!
    I’m looking forward tomorrow evening.
    We are having family over for afternoon tea on Sunday. I’ve planned it all in my head. Have bunting, Union Jack napkins and ordered jubilee cakes.
    Then I’ll tell the family how to set it out 😂
    One of the things I miss the most about this illness is being the host! But I’ve realized now that I have to think differently and just scale down my ideas!
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend! 🇬🇧🇬🇧🥰

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    1. Hey Fiona – so lovely to hear from you. And thank you so much, it started as a photo and paragraph!😂 I’ll be watching tomorrow evening too, plus my shades. I hope it’s a good show. And of course our Essex Eurovision guy is in the line up. I’mwondering how large the audience will be there in person. Just in the seating? Really lovely that you’ll be having a tea party on Sunday. And definitely, so many things we just have to let go of and let others organise. I hope you can have a good amount of time out of bed & that it doesn’t rain. And thank you. You too! Love from here. 🥰 🇬🇧 💕 xxx

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