Sunday 3 June 2012
Sunday Salon: The Diamond Jubilee Edition
Here in the UK we are all enjoying an extra long weekend due to the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It's my half term break as well next week, so I have a whole week off, which is much needed and appreciated!
I had a lovely week last week in school celebrating the Jubilee with the children. We had a mock coronation, a street party, a red white and blue parade, a proper English tea party with scones and clotted cream and spent some time learning old-fashioned songs like There'll Always be an England. I'm not the most patriotic person going (I have a quieter, British version of patriotism) but all the celebrations did make me feel proud. Seeing how much the children got into it was just lovely.
I view the Jubilee celebrations as time for a bit of quiet reflection. Although the UK isn't perfect, I am glad that this is the country I was born in and have been brought up in. Whilst I am not an ardent monarchist, I appreciate the difficult job the Queen does and think that on balance the Royal Family is a positive force for the country.
I shall be celebrating tomorrow with my family by having a barbeque and spending some extra time together. The Queen has always been concerned with family and stability, so I think this will be a fitting tribute :)
What's your opinion on the Jubilee and the British Royal Family?