The world has just witnessed something very unique, and it has far reaching effects across the world.
One lady – outlasting many politicians, prime ministers and critics – has consistently and faithfully served her people, country and church. She has been a rock through good and bad times. Refusing to falter, she has offered all of those alive today a chance to witness a once in a life time event, seeing our monarch reach her Diamond Jubilee of 60 years at her post!
The excitement and impact was felt strongly in the city of London as we watched history being made. In excess of a million people turned out over the weekend for a variety of events. It was a continuous stream of quality partying, celebration and admiration of one amazing woman – The Queen. As a monarch, she draws incredible love and respect from people all over the world. She has remained consistent and faithful with an undying desire to serve.
I found myself frequently saying “she is 86 years old!!!” She continued to inspire young and old as she tirelessly stood, without resting, for two hours on the River Pageant, walked up and down the stairs into St Paul’s Cathedral, attended dinners, met with performers after the concert and recorded a message where I believe she earnestly commented, “the celebrations to mark my jubilee year have been a humbling experience” (can you tell I really love this special lady?).
In church, we couldn’t resist joining in the celebration! We added bunting, and Union Jacks, and our amazing team did an item, and we stood as ‘God Save The Queen’ was played on the electric guitars. We simply wanted to honour a lady whom we love and have the utmost respect. Just a tiny glimpse into the day when we get to meet our Maker, The King of Kings!!!
I love the quaint English tradition of throwing a street party to celebrate a significant occasion in the country. You simply apply to your local council to close your street and then go ahead to invite all the neighbours on your street to join in! Everyone pitches in to help make it happen, and no matter what the weather does, they are a huge success! Piccadilly Street (in central London) held a party for 500 people, and another street party outside London, stretched from one village to the next village!
Now, we just have to wait for the Olympics!!