Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Pride and Pageantry

This weekend marked the 60th anniversary of our Queen's coronation ~ her Diamond Jubilee ~ and the celebrations were truly epic. We had pageants and parties galore, mile upon mile of bunting, and everywhere you looked was the glorious red, white and blue of our fabulous flag :)

Sunday saw the first river pageant for more than 350 years, with over 1000 vessels large and small parading along the Thames in tribute to her Majesty who was aboard the extremely ornate "Spirit of Chartwell"

I love the floral swags, and the ornate gilt finishings.

Here a workman puts the finishing touches to Old Father Thames.

On Monday night a concert was held at the Victoria Memorial directly in front of Buckingham Palace, and the palace itself was used as a backdrop for an amazing series of projections by Trunk Animations, which transformed the palace into a series of terraced houses and blocks of flats. This link should take you to some Youtube footage, check it out!

But now the Jubilee weekend is over, though much of the bunting remains up, and hopefully will do for a while yet. I'll leave you with one of my favourite pictures of Her Majesty, an iconic image of our newly-crowned Queen by Dorothy Wilding, the first woman to be awarded a Royal Warrant to be an official royal photographer.

God Save The Queen!

Hip, Hip, Hoorah!
Hip, Hip, Hoorah!
Hip, Hip, Hoorah!

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