Princess Marie in her first Romanian peasant costume (from the Arges ethnographic region) given to her by King Carol as a wedding gift. Romanian peasant dress was introduced for court festivities and ceremonies by Queen Elizabeth. The peasants were identified in the national ideology as the quintessential Romanians and many among the Romanian elite started in that period to follow the court’s example and express their national identity by wearing peasant attire when participating at national events and other festivities. Princess Marie from the very beginning wrote to her mother: «The other day there was a charity ball here, and everybody came in Romanian costumes, it looked so pretty».
[see D.M, 'Marie of Romania. Images of a Queen', RRB, 2007, p.16] Continue reading
In a televised address recorded in the Presence Room in Buckingham Palace yesterday before the Jubilee Concert, the Queen said the celebrations to mark her Diamond Jubilee year had been a “humbling experience”.
“It has touched me deeply to see so many thousands of families, neighbours and friends celebrating together in such a happy atmosphere,” the Queen said in her message that was transmitted on television and radio at 6pm in the UK and across the Commonwealth. She added: “I hope that memories of all this year’s happy events will brighten our lives for many years to come.”
Crowds lined the streets of central London, many singing “God Save The Queen” as The Queen arrived at St Paul’s Cathedral for a service of thanksgiving.
Jubilee Thanksgiving Service from St Paul’s
The Queen emerged on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to a deafening roar from tens of thousands of her loyal subjects who gathered below in euphoric mood for the final and most historic moment of the Diamond Jubilee.
The enthusiasm on the crowds, again undaunted by the rain, can be in no small part attributed to the young royals who have done so much to help a new generation fall in love with Britain’s monarchy. (Source: Daily Mail)
Weekend highlights include:
:: Saturday, June 2
The Queen goes to Epsom Derby, between 1pm and 5pm.
- Afternoon weather in Epsom: 17C, bright, southeasterly breeze
:: Sunday, June 3
The grand river pageant on the Thames, with the flotilla underway between 2 – 5.30pm. Street parties are also to be held across Britain.
- Afternoon weather for central London: 11C, heavy to light rain, northeasterly breeze Continue reading
A new poll shows that 80 % of Britons want to remain subjects of the Queen, with just 13 % in favour of living in a republic, the lowest proportion for at least 20 years. More than 1,000 British adults polled last weekend were asked: “Would you favour Britain becoming a republic or remaining a monarchy?” Support for the monarchy is highest among the over-55s, at 88 %, but even in the 18-24 age group 73 % favour the current system, with just 17 per cent wanting a republic and 10 % undecided. Conservative supporters are most likely to be monarchists – 96% prefer Britain to have a monarch rather than become a republic compared to three quarters (74%) of Labour supporters and 84% of Liberal Democrats.
A spokesman of Ipsos MORI said: “Since the Royal wedding the publicity the Royal family has received has been phenomenal, particularly for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge”.
Source Ipsos MORI ©
Jubilee paper mache panels of all designs and sizes were made at Pytram’s factory at New Malden in rediness for the Jubilee celebrations. One of the huge crowns, in paper mache, shown in its finished state.