Platinum Jubilee weekend

How was your Jubilee weekend?

Ours was very low-key; we had other family events on over the weekend so they took precedence but I did find a moment to walk around the village on Sunday afternoon to admire the bunting.  It was a bit of a shame that the weather took a turn for the worse on Sunday as there was a picnic scheduled on the leisure fields but at least those having parties earlier in the Bank Holiday weekend will have stayed dry.

We enjoyed watching some of the footage on TV – the Trooping the Colour is always a good show, isn’t it?  I think we’re very good at putting on a good show at royal events (that’s the royal “we” 🤣) and I love to see the precision of the horses and riders – so much practice and definitely worth the effort.

We also enjoyed seeing Paddington taking tea with the Queen.  I read a few of the Paddington Bear (paid link) books when I was little and I was also of an age to watch the TV version where a stop-motion Paddington moved around in a black and white world so I really wasn’t sure how I felt about him being re-created on the big screen.  I shouldn’t have worried – I absolutely love the way this kind and gentle hero who just wants to help everyone has been portrayed in the films – even his voice is perfect – and I have watched this video from the opening of the Platinum Jubilee concert many time already!

I know, I’m such a softy! 🙂

The Church was open so I popped in to say hello and take a few photos as I’ve not written about the Church for a while – that might be another post, though; today is about recording our Jubilee weekend so that I will remember it later.  I can remember the Silver Jubilee in 1977 and the street party that I went to there (and the dress that I had to wear which I really didn’t like!); there seemed to be so much more excitement around that than there has been this weekend, but I expect that being at school made a difference.

I resisted having my photo taken as the Queen.

There’s a Jubilee garden outside the Church which I forgot to photograph as it had started raining so I’ll update this post with the photo later.

When my girls were small, I used to buy the newspaper on momentous days to keep in a memory box for them so that they would have something from that time to look at in the future.  They’ve both got a bit big for that now, but I did splash out on two uncirculated Jubilee 50 pence pieces so that they could have something to remember the occasion.  I was given mugs on these occasions when I was little, but I think there’s a limit to how many mugs you need to keep in one lifetime – a 50p piece is much more store-able!

I don’t know how clearly you can see the picture on the coin – it’s in a plastic cover which we’ve left on in the vague hope that it will be worth what I paid for it (£7!!) when my own girls are the same age as Queen is now 🙂

Oh, I also bought some of this because I thought it was funny.

Well, sometimes it’s got to be done, hasn’t it?!

And that’s it, really.  For some, the Jubilee was just a long Bank Holiday weekend and for others it was the highlight of the royal calendar for this year.  I do wonder what will happen with our Royal Family in the future but for this weekend at least, I am glad that I was around to see our Queen being celebrated for the 70 years that she has been in service to our country.  That’s a heck of a long time for one person to be in the same job and for that reason alone, Her Majesty has my utmost admiration.


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2 Responses

  1. Chris Hailebaxter says:

    Glad you enjoyed your weekend. I watched the coronation at the age of 4 and I was given a mug, which of course met a sad end. The one thing I still have is a tin which contained oxo cubes. The cubes are long gone but I use the tin for postage stamps. Paddington was amazing, almost better than the Bond entry to the 2021 olympics. My husband collects stamps and a set was issued on February 6, the anniversary of the Queens accession to the throne, so this is our memory item. Hope your daughter’s exams go ok.

    • winwickmum says:

      Yes, I thought Paddington was better than Bond, but that was so far away from anything that we might have expected the Queen to do that it was amazing to watch! I think I still have a Charles and Diana mug somewhere 🙂 xx

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