Saturday, June 2, 2012

England's Celebration of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee.....

Buckingham Palace

Kensington Palace
Gardens around Kensington Palace
The Tower of London
Tower Bridge
Completed in 1894, is hailed as one of the great engineering marvels of its age.
The bridge consists of two towers tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways.  The River Thames flows under this beautiful bridge.
Gardens around Buckingham Palace
Celebrations Abound for London
Westminister Abbey
Founded 960

Westminister Abbey is one of the world's greatest churches.
"The coronation of Kings and Queens has taken place here since 1066, and many of the nations Kings and Queens are buried in the Abbey." ( from The Abbey site)

The greatest day of Queen Elizabeth's life is about to begin as the celebrations go on all weekend and Monday and Tuesday as her 60 year reign on the throne of Great Britian is celebrated highlighting her Diamond Jubilee!  At just 25 years of age, she became the Queen on the British Throne.  It is quite a thrilling celebration in London and all over England and even around the world as we watch the celebrations here in America!   She has ruled as Queen in grandeur and majesty!  For Americans we cannot quite understand the pagentry, but if we were British, it would be a part of our lives. Our son in law, Phil, is British and I have enjoyed learning first hand from him what it means to be born British and embrace the Queen.  It is a jubliant time for all and a time for celebration of Queen Elizabeth's II coronation 60 years ago! 

 Last year as I visited Kara and Phil in England, I enjoyed the visit to Buckingham Palace and many other places all over England so I can just imagine the excitement there this weekend! I hope they all have a special weekend! 

A few facts about Queen Elizabeth:

Queen Elizabeth II has ruled Great Britain for 60 years, longer than any other monarch, except Queen Victoria, who at age 77 ruled for 63 years.

She speaks fluent French.  (no wonder I like her)

During her reign, the Queen has received 3.5 million letter of correspondence.

Her Royal Majesty is worth an estimated $525 million. She earns about $50 million annually.

Queen Elizabeth II has met 6 Catholic Popes, 12 United States Presidents, and 12 Prime Ministers have served under her reign.

The Imperial State Crown that Queen Elizabeth II wears at the state opening of Parliament includes 2,868 diamonds.  The St. Edwards crown she wore at her coronation in 1953 weighs 4.9 lbs.

She is quiet a lady and I celebrate her today!
May we all enjoy a cup of tea!

My girl Kara enjoying her tea in England!
  All photos above were taken by me on my visit to England while visiting Kara and Phil.

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