Thoughts on Kingdom, Church, and Grace from an American living in Hong Kong
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee
On February 2, 1952 a young 25 year old woman ascended to the British throne following the untimely death of her father George VI. Yesterday marked the 60th anniversary of the Queen Elizabeth who, now at the age of 85, has become the oldest British monarch. However it is only in September of 2015 that she will become the longest reigning monarch when she passes the mark set by her Great Grandmother, the iconic and beloved Queen Victoria.
The day yesterday was only mildly noted with the main celebration of the Diamond Jubilee kicking off in the summer around the anniversary of her actual coronation, June 2. That celebration will feature Paul McCartney, Elton John, and a 1,000 ship flotilla floating down the Thames.
Gabriel and I will be in London and other parts of England for 3 weeks this July so between the Queen's Jubilee and the London Olympics I suppose there will be a lot of celebration in the air. (Being the Anglophile that I am I'm looking forward to getting a Q.E. t-shirt :)
As Queen of England and the U.K, 16 Commonwealth States, as well as defacto Queen of the English-Speaking Peoples, I imagine there will be a lot of celebrations this summer in every corner of the globe.