Yesterday I offered a narrative version of my brief trip to London to celebrate the the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Today I offer a photo essay, which includes more photos from my three-day trip.
Platinum Jubilee Photo Essay
I grew up watching I Love Lucy reruns and the series remains one of all-time favorite television programs. There’s an episode in the 1956 season entitled “Lucy Meets the Queen” where Lucy and Ricky meet Queen Elizabeth II. Amazing, isn’t it, that the Queen on the throne in this television episode from 66 years ago is still on the throne today?
On her 21st birthday on April 21, 1947 Queen Elizabeth II said:
“I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”
What an incredible life of devotion to her nation and her God.
And during her first televised Christmas broadcast in 1957, the Queen said:
“It’s inevitable that I should seem a rather remote figure to many of you, a successor to the kings and queens of history.
“I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice. But I can do something else. I can give you my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.”
On her Coronation Day in 1953, she said:
“The ceremonies you have seen today are ancient, and some of their origins are veiled in the mists of the past. But their spirit and their meaning shine through the ages never, perhaps, more brightly than now.
“I have in sincerity pledged myself to your service, as so many of you are pledged to mine. Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.”
Well-done, Your Majesty.