Diamond Jubilee - congratulations
My five year old daughter just wanted to know all about the dress her Maj wears (she assumes it's the same one all the time - a long flowing white, jewel encrusted number, red cape with ermine collar and of course the dazzling sceptre and diamond crown to complete the look).
My son just said, "shall we send her a letter to say congratulations then?"
I decided to leave the discussion until a little nearer the time, to allow their excitement to build.
And boy are they excited now!
School in particular has got their patriotic juices well and truly flowing, with royal themed art and craft activities, fun history lessons, a picnic on the field and a red white and blue non uniform day planned. They have also been following TV coverage of the upcoming celebrations in London and other parts of the country.
Back in 1977
I was then gleefully able to recall the best ever Jubilee celebrations, which of course for those old enough to remember took place in 1977. Everyone seemed to take part, all over the UK.
I was seven at the time and I remember it really clearly. All our neighbours got together and decorated our little road, put out trestle tables, made food and drinks and played music. It was a great day and everyone was so full of pride for Queen and country.
Whenever my family talk about it we can still recall the atmosphere and my mum is always keen to remind everyone about a neighbour finding me under the table with my third plate of food - sausage rolls, pickled onions, red, white and blue cake and a tumbler full of bitter lemon (?). I do recall feeling a bit queasy but it was all part of the fun.
Despite how much things have changed in the world since then, I really hope my kids remember this Jubilee with even the smallest bit of pride and excitement. Love them or loathe them, the Royals are very much part of our country and these kind of events really do have the ability to bring people together.
Happy Diamond Jubilee!
Jayne, Working Mum and Freelance Editor