Skip to main content

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee a Much Bigger Celebration than London Olympics

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebration is expected to eclipse the London
Games and go on to becoming this year's most anticipated event.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebration and the London Olympics are two heavyweight events that no one should miss this summer. But between the two, the Diamond Jubilee is foreseen to be the much grander event. 

Guy Stagg of The Telegraph writes the 1,000-ship flotilla parade on the Thames will be “far more spectacular than the opening ceremony,” while the concert lineup, featuring some of the music industry’s biggest stars, including Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, and Shirley Bassey, is sure to draw more crowds than any Olympic athlete could.

London will witness street parties like no other in honor of Her Majesty’s long and victorious reign, indeed an opportunity for patriotism that Britons don’t do every day,” a rare opportunity to wave a Union flag without feeling embarrassed.”

But the rejoicing and celebration of the Diamond Jubilee has one significant meaning, and that is the monarchy is here to stay… for long, something that will silence, if not eliminate, the calls for a Republican Britain. In Stagg’s words, the Diamond Jubilee will be “better than the patriotism, and the pageant, and even the Twinings Jubilee-themed tea. For the entire weekend, republicans will have to sit being reminded of the fact the Royal family is the strongest and most popular institution in the country. In other words, it will be great day to be a conservative.”

Indeed, June will be a month when every Britain will have to shout “Long Live the Queen!”


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Popular posts from this blog

The Truth about “Princess Qajar,” the Royal Lady with the Mustache

A Persian princess viral news websites baptized as Princess Qajar has lately become a stuff of legends. She was presented as a royal lady with a facial hair that made her so attracted that 13 men claimed their own lives because she couldn’t love them. The truth is, there was no “Princess Qajar,” only the Qajar dynasty  that ruled over Persia for more than a century.

The only fact about this historical meme is that at that time, it was fashionable for Persian women to wear mustache. “Many Persian-language sources, as well as photographs, from the nineteenth century confirm that Qajar women sported a thin mustache, or more accurately a soft down, as a sign of beauty,” explained Dr. Afsaneh Najmabadi.
The memes and fake stories circulating online refer not to a single princess, but actually to two female dynasts: Princess Fatemah Khanum"'Esmat al-Dowleh" and her half-sister, Princess Zahra Khanom Tadj es-Saltaneh. Their father, Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, ruled Persia from 1…

Queen Victoria and Her Conflict with Lord Palmerston

Moving on with our Queen Victoria series, today we will discuss about Queen Victoria’s “cold” treatment of one of her ministers, Lord Palmerston. We shall see how this long-running conflict began.
The defeat of the Tories in the 1846 General Elections saw the dismissal of Sir Robert Peel from the office. With the Whigs on the helm of the government, Henry John Temple, the Viscount Palmerston was appointed Minister of the Foreign Office. His ascension to that post ushered in the greatest struggle between the crown and its ministers since the day when George III had dismissed the coalition government of Fox and North.
Lord Palmerston’s long tenure in public office made up almost untouchable Palmerston’s appointment to the Foreign Office came shortly after he celebrated his 60th birthday, a time when he could proudly look back on his achievements and career in the government that began in 1809, ten years before Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were born. Always confident in his wit and dip…

The Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara

When Princess Eugenie of York married Mr. Jack Brooksbank, it was not only the first time that she wore a tiara in public, it was also the first instance when one of the British Royal Family’s most precious tiaras surfaced after being locked up in the royal vault for over seven decades. Contrary to popular speculation that Princess Eugenie would wear her mother’s York Diamond Tiara, the bride, instead, borrowed The Queen’s Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara.
The tiara was originally created by Boucheron for to society hostess The Hon. Mrs. Herman Greville in 1919. According to the Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor, Mrs. Greville “was a social climber,” “a snob” and gossipy lady. Cecil Beaton also describes her as a “galumphing, greedy, snobbish old toad who watered her chops at the sight of royalty and the Prince of Wales’s set, and did nothing for anybody except the rich."  
The tiara was designed in the kokoshnik style, which was popularized by the members of the Russian Imperi…