So, if you’re new to London, one of the first things you’ll realise about the city is that it is very very festive! The smallest ‘excuse’ and you’ll have the whole city celebrating it – and that’s probably what makes it a whole lot of fun to live here. The Queen’s Jubilee, which is this weekend, is the current ‘reason’ to celebrate. The whole city is decorated and has an amazing fresh look and feel. People can also buy Queens Diamond Jubilee merchandise all around London.
There are so many events lined up for the big weekend, each with its own charm! Just this morning, I read a report on the dress rehearsals for the big weekend. London is geared up for 3 days of non-stop entertainment!
According to BBC, rehearsals went on till 6:00 am this morning, which is quite impressive. It’s an event fit for the Queen – literally! According to me, 2 events that stand out among the many that have been organised, are the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert and the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
But if this is the first time you’re experiencing a jubilee celebration, then you’d probably have a completely different view of the whole thing. While all the events are really exciting for me, it’s probably not so much of a thrill for the ‘locals’.
From my point of view, people are more excited about the fact that it’s a bank holiday than about the actual events. A long weekend like this means everyone can head out (especially if the sun is out)! No doubt there is a lot lined up, but many are just going to be celebrating the fact that they have leave from work – after all a long weekend comes once in a blue moon!
The Queen’s diamond jubilee flotilla is going to be amazing! 1000+ boats from all over UK, will be decked up and parading down the Thames on Sunday. Monday, is a treat for music lovers – right from Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney to Cliff Richard and Tom Jones to Jessie J and Ed Sheeran – you name ’em, you see ’em. There is of course the ‘Big Jubilee Lunch’, on Sunday and the ‘Queens Diamond Jubilee Beacons’ on Monday, but those are over shadowed (at least for non-brits like me) by the other events of the day.
All in all, being an outsider in London, and getting to watch jubilee celebrations is just an unmatched experience.