I thought I’d share some fun facts I found about English monarch Jubilees of the past.
· George III (Queen Victoria’s grandfather) hosted the first known jubilee. It was pretty much a quiet “family and friends” event.
· Queen Victoria had two big Jubilees – Golden and Diamond. She’s the only other monarch to have served 60 years. These Jubilees were public celebrations with the usual pageantry to which we are accustomed. A thanksgiving service at St. Pauls was part of the Diamond Jubilee celebration, which marked the beginning of a tradition. It was actually an open-air service because she was too frail to walk up the steps of St. Pauls. So, she sat in her carriage and the service came to her.
· King George V, the Queen’s grandfather, lived to celebrate his Silver Jubilee. He was to have remarked afterward, upon experiencing the display of affection and support along the parade route, something to the effect of “I think they really like me!”
· For her own Silver Jubilee in 1977, the Queen traveled to many of the Commonwealth countries, promoting the “unity of nation” theme.
· For her Golden Jubilee in 2002, the Queen still toured her Commonwealth (Australia, New Zealand, Canada), and a “Party at the Palace” rock concert was added to the home front celebrations. Who can forget guitarist Brian May from “Queen” playing “God Save the Queen”. Of course the Queen expressed her gratitude to her people, and this event must have helped her overcome the sadness of having lost both her sister and mother within a few weeks of each other just a few months before the huge public party.
If you are interested in more Jubilee goings-on, check out: http://www.thediamondjubilee.orgwhich has been a great resource to me. Of particular interest is the film footage they have of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee – from 1897 – what a marvel that is! And if you’d like more info on Queen Victoria, a new site has been launched that you should check out: http://www.queen-victorias-scrapbook.org.
Enjoy the Jubilee weekend!