A Jubilee Celebration

Happy Jubilee!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me that has not included much brunching but did include an impromptu trip across the pond to visit my sister and her family for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  The patriotic outfits and costumes were fabulous but the crowds made it hard to get many good pictures.  So this might not be my most artistic set ever but I wanted to share!

On Friday we went to the Royal Mews to see the Queen’s carriages, horses and limousines. I was going to leave before the big procession on Tuesday and we had our doubts we’d get close with all of the crowds anyway, so this seemed like the best way to see everything that would be in the procession. The most impressive was the gold state coach that weighs four tons. No idea why I forgot to get a picture of that…oh right, I was running after two four-year-olds!

Gold State Coach

By pettifoggist on Flickr (borrowed from because I forgot to pull out my camera...)

A babysitter then took over so my sister, brother-in-law and I could enjoy a delicious dinner at Dock Kitchen, which is in a very cool converted Victorian Wharf building overlooking the Grand Union Canal in Ladbroke Grove, West London. The food was fabulous, and while I love my niece and nephew, it’s always nice to have a meal where we can have uninterrupted conversations.

On Saturday we took the kids to the Hyde Park Family Fun Fest.  While the festival was not exactly set up for the crowds of kids eager to see Lightning McQueen and Mater  (longer than an hour wait to get into the Disney tent), there was a Disney concert that the kids loved, and a big bar set up for the big kids. There was also a champagne tent and a Pimms bus.  Yes, that made us more than happy to hang out in the park with the kids while they watched the Disney princesses and pirates concert.

Pimms and lomonade - my new favorite summer drink

Sunday we went to the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant, which featured 1,000 boats.  Oh, and the royal family, of course.  You can see all of the boat pictures on my Flickr page.

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The Queen!

It was packed but we had a decent view and the rain held off until we had seen most of the boats and were able to make our way to a neighborhood street party.

Post-Pageant Pimms! My nephew took my umbrella so I took his shark umbrella...

After such a packed weekend, Monday was deemed a day for recuperating and I grabbed lunch with a friend I met on my Inca Trail trip a few years back.  And then on Tuesday, before my flight home, the square next to my sister’s flat held a barbecue and Jubilee party for the neighbors.  In true American fashion, we grilled hotdogs and hamburgers.

me with my niece and nephew

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