Friday, 1 June 2012

That Friday Feeling...Diamond Jubilee

There could only be one theme for today's Friday Feeling: the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. 60 years on the throne is a pretty long time to be a head of state so congratulations to Queen Elizabeth II. We've just celebrated at work by holding a Jubilee party in the playground with parents, children and local residents alike all invited for food, music and a chance to catch up. We had a raffle and a quiz and... I won the quiz!!! (well, I came third, but still, I'm impressed with myself) It was a commemorative spoon, but as I had the help of one of my year 6 boys, I gave it to him to keep. It was a nice afternoon - the children had all made bunting and table decorations and our year 6s (my year-group) all acted as hosts and servers. They did a fantastic job (Thank you to any of them who may be reading!)

Like all of the rest of the country, Etsy is a little jubilee mad at present. Interestingly a lot of the items there tagged 'Jubilee' or 'British' are actually made by people in the US. And lovely items they were too. However, I'm being patriotic this weekend so I'm afraid one of the criteria for making it into today's Etsy shout out post was that you had to be a British or Commonwealth seller. Here are today's picks:

Some very cute British badges by KaelaMills

Jubilee bunting by whiteacacia - love the range of materials here

And I LOVE this VW campervan cushion with a Jubilee theme by TheSewingCroft
Are you doing anything for the Jubilee weekend festivities? I actually don't know what I will be doing as my plans seem to keep getting scuppered by people left, right and centre. If it's nice I might go on a long bike ride somewhere, but there are some street parties quite close to me so I might go and see some of those. I'd quite like to see the flotilla on Sunday but I actually don't know where I'd go to watch it... maybe I'll cycle down to the Isle of Dogs and watch from near Canary Wharf (if it passes that way!)

What little snippets can I find for you today?

  • Elizabeth was the elder daughter of King George VI and was born on April 21st 1926.
  • She was 25 when she became Queen Elizabeth II in 1952
  • When she was born, Elizabeth was third in line to the throne, although it was not expected that either she or her father would ever succeed to it.
  • Elizabeth married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten in November 1947 in Westminster Abbey. The UK was still recovering from the war so it was a fairly simple affair - and Princess Elizabeth had to collect clothing coupons for her dress as there was rationing for the royal family as well as the rest of the country.
  • Elizabeth II is the 40th monarch since William the Conqueror and is Queen Victoria's great-great-granddaughter.
  • The first regional tour that the Queen made was to Northern Ireland, after which she toured all of her Kingdom. 
  • Two videos this week... God Save the Queen is not the most exciting song ever so thought I'd add a party themed one too!!


The Sewing Croft said...

Im so glad you featured my campervan, your blog is one of the best and most interesting ive read. Seriously! Have a great Jubilee weekend.

Creating Trouble said...

Awww, thank you! I'm glad people enjoy it - makes it much more worthwhile when you get lovely comments like that :D


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