It is hard for anyone to have escaped this weekend is the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of our Queen Elizabeth II, with pageants and parties spread over four days. I am writing this on Monday following a very wet Sunday for the Flotilla Pageant along the Thames. I met up with hoards of damp and cold public, who had lined the banks of the Thames, as they boarded the train at London Bridge railway station. Late Sunday afternoon was clearly not a good time to be on a train from London.
No, I had not been to London to see the Queen, I was coming back from St Pancras International, following a journey via Eurostar.
Where had I been?
I spent my weekend in France, where along with my cousin and a number of ex-pat English we had our own Jubilee Celebrations on Saturday evening. We were lucky with the weather, it was a beautiful day and the evening was slightly humid and sultry before breaking overnight with heavy rain.
As we decorated the outside of the house with flags the French locals, who passed by during the day, all stopped to wish us a happy time.
The lovely elderly lady, who owned the house next door, was just as excited as we were about the Jubilee and kindly offered us the use of her garden. She told us to help ourselves to any of the flowers from the garden for table decorations and she gave us some Spirea, with its fabulous heady sweet perfume. The red roses were ideal but there were no blue flowers so we used the regal purple Clematis to make our patriotic floral displays.
Using the Union Jack flag as a table cloth we laid the table, and threw blue and red streamers through the trees.
Continuing with the Jubilee theme, my Cousin planned a completely English buffet supper, which consisted of salmon and cucumber and egg mayonnaise sandwiches, mini pork pies (my contribution purchased from M&S) , sausage rolls, and cheese with olives and pineapple on sticks. A friend made a delicious trifle which we finished off with fruit in Union Jack design. What else do you need to finish off an English evening? Pimms of course!!
We had a wonderful, happy evening and drank to the health of our Queen.
Have you attended or held or about to attend or hold a Jubilee Party? Please share your story and photos, especially if you are not living in England.
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- Queen’s diamond jubilee: pageants, parties and more – live (guardian.co.uk)
- Boats take to Thames for queen’s jubilee flotilla (sacbee.com)