Friday, June 01, 2012

Jubilating with the Jubilee

It's a very festive time around Cookham right now. With the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, there's loads going on. We went a couple of weeks ago to the Long Walk to watch the Armed Forces Parade and Muster and Flyover for the anniversary. We were too far away to properly enjoy the parade, but the flyover was really impressive. Here's a little video I took of it:

On Monday, the Cookham High Street will be closed for a street party. It's looking really good with loads of bunting and flags on all the buildings and shops. We certainly plan to head down to enjoy the celebrations. As I was out today, I noticed that the houses on my street are getting into the act too, with several lines of bunting out. 

At first I felt a bit funny about taking part in all the Jubilee celebrations, as I'm not British and it's all about the Union Jack flying right now. But then I thought, well, as a C'lonial (see what I did there?) she's technically my queen too. She's certainly on all the Canadian money and stamps and etc. And although I don't think I'd be very happy if she started sticking her crown into the day-to-day business of Canada, I don't really have a problem with her being a ceremonial figurehead. Plus it gave me an nice excuse to try a new craft project, which was decorating using bleach and my homemade stencil:

So expect the Colonials to be wearing home made shirts, baking cakes (my birthday is the same date but not year as the coronation) and flying a few Commonwealth flags this Jubilee weekend. Enjoy your four day weekend, be you monarchist or republican!