Ah, so this is what the balcony kiss looked like! A bit fuzzy, but still better than the view I had while crouching on top of a children’s playset in Hyde Park, peering through binoculars!
While the Thames’ Diamond Jubilee Pageant has a robust online presence – website, a nice Facebook page, and active Twitter presence – it is challenging to find up-to-date information about the rest of the festivities. After surfing way too much, I finally found this link on http://royal.gov.uk. I’ve posted the information below for your planning pleasure. Will you be there? Leave a comment and let us know!
Saturday 2nd June, 2012
The Queen will attend the Epsom Derby.
Sunday 3rd June, 2012
The Big Jubilee Lunch: Building on the already popular Big Lunch initiative, people will be encouraged to share lunch with neighbours and friends as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. This may take the form of a traditional street party or a picnic lunch in small or larger groups. This event is being organised by the Big Lunch.
The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: This event will take place on the Thames and consist of up to 1,000 boats assembled from across the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world. The Queen will travel in the Royal Barge which will lead the flotilla. This event is being organised by the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation.
Monday 4th June, 2012
BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace: There will be a televised Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace with tickets being available to UK residents by public ballot. The musical programme for the concert is still being planned and is expected to feature British and Commonwealth musicians. Details on how to apply for the concert will be available in due course. This event is being organised by the BBC.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons: A network of 2,012 Beacons will be lit by communities and individuals throughout the United Kingdom, as well as the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, British Overseas Territories and the Commonwealth. As in 2002, The Queen will light the National Beacon. The beacons project is being organised by Diamond Jubilee Beacons Ltd.
Tuesday 5th June, 2012
Service of Thanksgiving and Carriage Procession: There will be a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral and a formal carriage Procession by The Queen.
3. In addition, the Diamond Jubilee Pageant will take place on 10th, 11th and 13th May 2012 in Windsor. Horses and other acts will travel from all around the world to perform in celebration of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.
….but not online. After my last post, I checked the British press and found that indeed, the palace press office had issued statements about Prince Philip’s release from the hospital. They simply weren’t posted to the general public or royal bloggers via website or twitter. They must have been issued directly to accredited media organizations, such as Sky News and their royal tweeter, Paul Harrison.
And Princess Diana’s Gift is not an accredited news organization…yet!
Interesting…because in the States, my other two blogs are regularly issued press releases and statements…perhaps this site is too new or perhaps its simply not the way Buckingham Palace does things. Would very much appreciate a comment below about the protocol behind this. Anyone?
The Wall Street Journal runs a nice update on the Duke of Edinburgh’s release from Papworth Hospital – complete with a picture of a nattily dressed Duke being driven away in a Range Rover. Can you imagine leaving the hospital fully dressed in a suit and tie? What a powerful image of the 90-year-old duke! According to The Journal, the Duke will need to take blood thinners and other medication, and have full check-ups every six months.
As much as I respect The Wall Street Journal’s reporting, of course I had to seek confirmation from the official royal press reports. Surprisingly, although the American press carried this story four hours ago – with The Wall Street Journal’s royal report posted at 4:09 a.m. EST, there is yet no confirmation from online royal sources, as you can see below.
I’m a bit surprised…is this the norm for the official royal accounts? Can any royal watchers fill me in?
It’s no accident that this site is launching so close to Christmas. It may be called Princess Diana’s Gift, but really, this blog is a gift of whimsy to myself — and hopefully, to you.
Like billions of others around the world, I was captivated by Princess Diana’s life and legacy. Thirty years ago, as a teen-age girl, I woke early one morning to watch her fairy tale wedding on TV. I vowed then to be there – to be in London – when her first-born wed.
I snapped this photo from Trafalgar Square, where I watched the wedding on a jumbotron, heard the peels of the bells at Westminster Abbey, followed the service in the official wedding program, and laughed and cheered with thousands of others.
While in London, I kept a travel journal and dreamed of starting a blog about William and Kate.
Then I flew home to the States, where my husband, two little boys, my business, and two other blogs competed for my attention.
I talked myself out of something so silly as a British royalty blog.
And then last night, one of my best friends visited. We’ve known each other for nearly 30 years – since our “Junior Year Abroad” in Europe. As he talked about how fast the time has gone, how he can’t believe he’s nearly 50 years-old, I thought to myself, “He’s right. Carpe Diem. Life is short.”
Life is short, dreams need to be realized. And if this blog can bring a smile to my face — and yours – well, why not?
Hopefully, the husband, children, business, and other blogs won’t suffer too much.
If you’ve read this far, please let me know, what would you like to read about in this blog?
Thanks for your support.