It’s jubilee time! No, it’s not a squishy jelly lolly, it’s a celebration. And what makes it extra special and fantabulous is that it’s a Diamond Jubilee – marking 60 years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign
As a self-confessed daughter of a British person, I feel it my displaced patriotic duty to hop on the media bandwagon and study these lab-rat-like Royals.
Normally the Royals are able to go about their business quietly, like unassuming neighbours who nod at you suspiciously from over the fence. You know they’re there, they don’t bother you, and the only time you ever have to speak to them is when the fence line comes into dispute.
But every now and then they’ll do something that makes you put down the garden rake, get yourself a lemonade and deckchair, and sit down and enjoy the show. Be it toe-sucking, jubilees or walking around in gloves and dinky hats; they are occasionally fascinating.
For those not savoir faire with what a Royal Jubilee entails, who this “Queen” sheila is, or the correct way to pronounce savoir faire, let’s turn to the thing that makes everything slightly clearer – the internet.
So don your paper crown, put up the bunting and settle back for a few facts about the Queen.
According to www.mumsnet.com :
She loves Dundee cake and apparently takes a portion of it with her wherever she goes.
As etiquette dictates that everyone finishes eating when the Queen does, she often ends up toying with her final forkful of food to allow others to finish their meals.
Whenever the Queen travels to Parliament to make the Queen's Speech she has a 'hostage' - an MP who is delivered to Buckingham Palace to ensure her safe return.
Scottish television website www.stv.tv claims:
Her Majesty has owned more than 30 corgis - her favourite type of dog – in her lifetime, the first of which was a pooch called Susan, gifted to the Queen on her 18th birthday. Lizzy currently owns three corgis, called Monty, Willow and Holly.
The Queen also introduced a new breed of dog called the “dorgi” when one of her corgis mated with a dachshund named Pipkin which belonged to Princess Margaret. There have been 11 dorgis - Tinker, Pickles, Chipper, Piper, Harris, Brandy, Berry, Cider, Candy and Vulcan.
The website www.fashion-era.com declares:
In 1997, The Queen launched Buckingham Palace's first official website.
As a young girl, The Queen acted in a number of Pantomimes during World War Two including playing the part of Prince Florizel in Cinderella in 1941. These pantomimes took place every year in the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle.
The first football match The Queen attended was the 1953 FA Cup Final.
And the most shocking fact of all…
The Queen is able to melt into a liquid state and solves crime in her spare time*.
Well there are the facts. The Queen seems pretty cool and after sixty years, numerous tabloids and thousands of questionable hats, she still seems pretty chillaxed about her duties
whatever they may be.
So whether you're a Royal enthusiast who has been outraged by this post, or a cynical Generation Whatever who thinks Queen is a band that Wayne’s World made famous, grab yourself a fake paper crown and enjoy the spectacle.
*May have happened in a dream of mine.
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