Pre-Ramble: As a dedicated Anglophile, I am totally delighted by the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee currently taking place in the collective Commonwealth.
Numerous activities celebrate the historic event including formal luncheons, dinners, a royal barge, flotilla, flyover, horse show and a few protests.
The Royal happening even rates a custom Google Doodle featuring the Queen’s profile, diamonds and corgis (the Queen’s favorite breed of dogs … she currently has three).
Queen Elizabeth II marks the occasion with remarks to her subjects stressing a message of service and unity,
“In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship, and good neighborliness, examples of which I have been fortunate to see throughout my reign and which my family and I look forward to seeing in many forms as we travel throughout the United Kingdom and the wider Commonwealth.”
Today, in what promises to be the most symbolic and magical of the Jubilee events, thousands of beacons will be lit all across the Commonwealth …
“The first will be lit in Tonga; other nations including Kenya, Australia, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, and several Caribbean states will also take part. British servicemen and women wounded in battle and individuals representing charities will also carry beacons to the summits of the UK’s four highest peaks. The Queen herself will light the beacon outside Buckingham Palace at 10:30 pm by inserting a large, specially made, diamond-cut crystal into a receptacle. The lighting sequence will then proceed until the final beacon is lit in Canada eight hours later.”
The Take-Away: Love that — Can’t wait to see all of those little sparkling points of light … (And, the Jubilee beacons will be great practice for the Brits around their upcoming duties with the Olympic flame.)