“When I was twenty-one I pledged my life to the service of our people and I asked for God’s help to make good that vow. Although that vow was made in my salad days, when I was green in judgement, I do not regret nor retract one word of it.” Queen Elizabeth II
On Sunday 3rd June 2012, a flotilla of over one thousand boats gathered on the River Thames to commemorate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The pageant of rowing boats, historic working and pleasure vessels – all beautifully adorned with bunting and Union Flags – began upriver of Battersea Bridge and ended downriver of Tower Bridge where the vessels departed to the West India Docks.
Of course, not everybody was able to attend the event in London, many celebrated with their own local parade and street party. How did you commemorate the day? Describe the atmosphere and the crowds – what were the sights, the sounds, the tastes, the smells?
Perhaps you witnessed the Queen’s Coronation on the 2nd June, 1953 or the Silver and Golden Jubilees?! What can you remember of them? What were your hopes for the future?