Why I enjoyed the queen's Platinum Jubilee

Why I enjoyed the queen's Platinum Jubilee
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OK, I know — we had a revolution so that we don’t have a monarch anymore. Two of my grandparents even left Britain, first for Canada and then for the U.S. But I have other relatives in both places, and I treasure my memories of many different places in Britain. Five places in Britain (and one in Canada) are in easy sight over my PC as I write this.

But there is a dearth of good news in this country right now. CNN is reporting today that ten mass shootings happened over the weekend just past — and their locations “show that nowhere in the U.S. is truly safe.”

I need to know about that, but I need to celebrate beauty, steadfastness, and consistency. I need a dose of “We have always done it this way.” I got that from following the news of the Platinum Jubilee.

Even though I react to air shows like four-year-old Prince Louis, with my hands over my ears and a yell about the discomfort, I enjoyed seeing the British royal family out on the balcony and in other places, watching things together. Seeing Louis and his grandfather, Prince Charles, along with his great-grandmother, the queen, brought back my faint memories of celebrating my third birthday and my grandfather’s 80th back in… well, when I turned three.

I’ve loved maple syrup and maple sugar since that time, visiting Canada for our birthdays (which are a week apart in dates, just not years).

The queen’s little co-star on Saturday, Paddington Bear, leaves me wondering: How many little kids will love marmalade sandwiches now and invest them with memories the way I do with maple sugar?

The simple memories can last the longest, and I want simpler memories just now.

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  • I figure Prince Louis will be the next Prince Andrew and Prince Harry, except we won't be around to see it.

  • In reply to jack:

    That's an interesting theory, Jack. I hope he will have a better, calmer life than his uncle and great-uncle -- but you're right, it will take a long time until we know, if we do.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Maybe I was unfair in thinking that his actions at age 4 are indicative of something later, but having no real prospect of being king (he's even behind Princess Charlotte) isn't going to keep him in check.

  • In reply to jack:

    Perhaps he'll stay in the military longer than his uncle did. He's certainly had a memorable introduction to "the world stage," and I hope he finds good support and advice in life.

  • I really enjoyed your post, thank you! Yes we do need something bright and positive now. The Queen is a witness to history, and a part of history. I love the marmalade sandwiches too!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    You're very kind. If she ever plays "six degrees of separation," she must win every time. Meanwhile, I just have grape jelly in the fridge and I'm craving marmalade!

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    The 6 degrees of separation was easier when Princess Di was alive, and was related to nearly everyone of English ancestry (including Barack Obama), but all of Queen Victoria's ancestors are inbred (including Liz and Philip through some Danish king).

  • In reply to jack:

    The Queen and Prince Philip were third cousins through Queen Victoria (the queen's great great-grandmother). The Danish king you're looking for is Christian IX, who was Philip's great-grandfather. His daughter became Queen Alexandra of Britain and had Queen Victoria for a mother-in-law, then George VI (the present queen's father) for a grandson. (So Christian was Philip's great-grandfather and the queen's great great-grandfather.)

    As for the term "inbred," that's a difficult word when it comes to royal families. It tends to be used for constant or regular breeding from the same genes, not occasional ones. (Sciencedirect.com refers to brother-sister relations between animals over 20 or more generations.)

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    When the Brits said "Long Live the Queen!" God heard them.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Indeed He did. That line in the anthem, "long to reign over us," kept me thinking "Checked that box!"

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    And yet there are reports that Pope Francis may be the second to retire. Remember when I said they maybe are down to Kathleen Cardinal Brigid Mary Margaret (or something like that)?

  • How can you not love a 96-year-old queen who taps her spoon on the teacup in time to "We Will Rock You"? Loved that!

  • In reply to K.Yvonne:

    Yes, K.Yvonne, that was funny -- especially because it was a song by (the band) Queen! Thanks for reading; join in any time!

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