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Diamond Jubilee

Post  princess garnet on Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:10 pm

With the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this year, Mad Monarchist posted this on her Accession Day anniversary on Monday: http://madmonarchist.blogspot.com/2012/02/happy-accession-day.html
I thought I'd post this if other forum readers want to reread or missed it. I see other royalty blogs noting the occasion. queen

Speaking of overseas possessions, I can remember when the royal standard flew over Hong Kong and British stamps on mail from there. While I've never been to the UK but I can say I've been to one of its colonies. Very Happy
You can still see buildings named for members of the Windsor family and road names with an English influence today. (The colonial period takes up a good portion of floor space at the Hong Kong History Museum) Somehow, it's just not the same!


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Re: Diamond Jubilee

Post  Elena on Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:38 pm

Thanks so much for posting on this, princess! Very Happy I was going to do a post but did not get to it. I will post some links and pics now. queen

From the Royal Digest:
http://theroyaldigest.blogspot.com/2012/02/princess-charles-and-duchess-of.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FAFfKu+%28The+Royal+Digest%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher




Also from the Mad Monarchist:

http://madmonarchist.blogspot.com/2012/02/favorite-royal-images-future-queen.html


Gareth Russell has a wonderful post about the Queen's beloved father George VI, whose death began a new reign.
http://garethrussellcidevant.blogspot.com/2012/02/february-6th-1952-death-of-king-george.html

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Post  Elena on Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:25 pm

http://theroyaldigest.blogspot.com/2012/02/pierre-casiraghi-in-brawl-queens-new.html

A Queen of Diamonds in the New Zealand regalia.



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Maunday Thursday 2012

Post  Julygirl on Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:49 pm

The Queen and her granddaughter Princess Beatrice hand out "Maundy money", which replaces the medieval foot-washing in Britain.

http://theroyaldigest.blogspot.com/2012/04/beatrice-and-queen-attend-service.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FAFfKu+%28The+Royal+Digest%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher

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The Queen and the New Royal Barge "Gloriana"

Post  Elena on Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:59 pm

Some great photos here.
http://news1.ghananation.com/international/251107-queen-brightens-the-gloom-as-she-names-gloriana-the-first-royal-barge-to-be-built-in-100-years.html



God bless her and all who sail in her! The Queen visits the Gloriana, the first royal barge to be built in 100 years, at Greenland Pier in East London

Although the Queen was warmly dressed in her deep red coat and hat, the Duke was bare headed - and seemed conscious of the weather.

At one point he could be heard advising the Queen to keep under cover after she had been to inspect the stern of the boat, which bears royal symbols and the vessel’s name.

Lord Sterling, who organised public celebrations for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002, and is behind the project, thanked them for attending.

'It’s very much appreciated, in this inclement weather, that you have troubled to come,' he said.
He told reporters: 'The barge is looking very special. It will be a lasting legacy of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.'

The 94-foot vessel, decorated with gold leaf and ornately carved, harks back 200 years to when kings and queens travelled by water in opulent style.

The design, inspired by the boats from Canaletto's famous 18th Century painting of a Thames pageant, incorporates sweet chestnut wood taken from the Duchy of Cornwall estate.

The million-pound rowbarge, painstakingly hand built over four years by 60 craftsmen, will be one of the star attractions in this summer’s Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 4 June, and will lead a 1,000-strong flotilla of boats with the Queen and the Duke travelling at its heart.

The first royal barge to be built in 100 years, Gloriana will be powered on the day by 18 oarsmen, including Britain's greatest Olympian, Steve Redgrave.




Queen Elizabeth II with the Queen Mother during a visit to the National Maritime Museum in 1937, as a treat shortly after her 11th birthday. (Three queens and one king are in this photo.)

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Royal lunch photo

Post  princess garnet on Fri May 18, 2012 5:10 pm

Here's a group photo from the Queen's jubilee lunch posted on "Royal World" blog:
http://royaltymonarchy.blogspot.com/2012/05/royal-lunch-proceeds-with-king.html
I clicked on the photo to see everyone's faces better. Some I didn't recognize at all if not for Mr. Harvey's labeling!

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Post  Elena on Fri May 18, 2012 7:22 pm

Thank you for posting!!

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Post  Elena on Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:40 pm

Marvelous article on the Queen in The Wall Street Journal:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303552104577438340257321020.html?mod=fox_australian

In his Victorian study of the monarchy, Walter Bagehot warned, "We must not let daylight in upon magic." Modern communications do just that. Sometimes for the best—we know that the Queen is a brave and resourceful woman. In 1982, she calmed down a madman who had gained entry into her bedroom at Buckingham Palace. She is unaffectedly religious. She is devoted to her duty, not as a prisoner of ritual but as a practical sovereign working to preserve the monarchy as a focus of multicultural loyalty in a diverse world—and succeeding beyond any reasonable expectation.

Sometimes not for the best—a late threat to her success was the antics of the younger royals, notably Princess Diana, and the Hollywood cult of celebrity that seduced them. Celebrity and monarchy are natural enemies. The first is about enjoying fame; the second is about performing duties. Elizabeth always realized the distinction. Her third prime minister, Harold Macmillan, wrote of her decision to ignore a terrorist threat: "She is impatient of the attitude towards her to treat her as…a film star.... She loves her duty and means to be a Queen." For a moment around Diana's funeral, it seemed that this dutiful woman had lost ground to the glamorous "people's princess." But the febrile mood passed; the monarchy recovered its nerve. And when the Queen Mother died, her highly traditional funeral showed people rallying to the more solid ideal.

Americans may not celebrate Elizabeth II's Jubilee as fervently as some other ex-colonials. They will, however, applaud. When magic survives daylight, and the reason is duty bravely performed, we are briefly in a better world.
— Mr. O'Sullivan is the author of "The President, the Pope and the Prime Minister: Three Who Changed the World."




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Post  Elena on Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:45 pm

Royal family riding on the royal barge. GREAT photos and video.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2154040/Queen-shines-white-crystal-studded-coat-dress-stunning-royal-pageant.html

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Post  Mata Hari on Sun Jun 03, 2012 6:06 pm

Thanks for all of this, Elena. Very Happy Here is the official jubilee website:

http://www.thediamondjubilee.org/queens-life

LOTS of pictures. queen

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Post  Mata Hari on Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:28 pm

A moving summary of today's events, here:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/the_queens_diamond_jubilee/9312665/The-Queens-Diamond-Jubilee-I-have-memories-to-treasure-forever.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Only six members of the Royal family appeared on the balcony, and as a statement of the endurance of the monarchy, it could not have been bolder.

Flanked by her heir, the Prince of Wales, and his eventual successor, the Duke of Cambridge, the Queen used the deliberately pared-down balcony appearance to tell the nation its future is in safe hands. By showing the world the future of the monarchy, starting with the Prince of Wales, she was also delivering a clear message that there is no question of the succession skipping a generation.

She described the throng serenading her in The Mall with the National Anthem as “marvellous” and “incredible”. Her only regret was that the Duke of Edinburgh, recovering in hospital from a bladder infection, was not by her side. “She’s missing him, obviously,” the Earl of Wessex said after a brief hospital visit.

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Re: Diamond Jubilee

Post  Julygirl on Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:56 pm

The Official Jubilee portrait. I think it is extremely moving. Very Happy queen flower


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/the_queens_diamond_jubilee/9573026/Diamond-Jubilee-Queens-vulnerable-official-portrait-published.html
The portrait, which took six months to complete, is by British-based Australian artist Ralph Heimans, who described the Queen as “the ultimate subject”.

He was allowed one hour with the Queen, who modelled for photographs on March 21 wearing full regalia including – at the artist’s request - the robe she wore at her coronation.

"She's a beautiful subject to paint, she has a great face," Mr Heimans said.

"Because she’s an old lady and has beautiful kind eyes, instantly when she approached I was at ease... She's amazingly vulnerable. I wanted to be very honest.”

Though the sitting took place during the day at the Yellow Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace, Mr Heimans, 42, set the portrait at night in Westminster Abbey, with the Queen standing at the centre circle of the Cosmati pavement, on the spot where she was crowned.
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