Thankfully the Duke of Edinburgh came out of hospital yesterday looking fairly ‘chipper’ ... and was as ascerbic as ever ... on being asked if he was better “well I’d still be in there, if I wasn’t” ...
|The Duke of Edinburgh having a happy exchange|
Congratulations to Prince Philip and it will be lovely for the family to be able to celebrate his 91st birthday at ‘home’ – Windsor Castle, I imagine.
|June: Sweet Williams|
They are never out of the spotlight, always on show, always ready for ‘us’ to criticise without fully understanding or appreciating the implications of life in a goldfish bowl.
They are a normal couple, who have given of themselves in exemplary fashion, for all their married life – now 64 years ... how many of us – husbands/wives/sons/daughters would have continued on as the Queen has done, while their next of kin was in hospital. I know I wouldn’t – I’d have been visiting ...
Right from her Accession the Queen and Prince Philip have set exceptionally high standards – they can have no spontaneity, but just get on with each day as it’s been programmed out ...
... the Queen continued on with engagements on the days after the Jubilee weekend ... we would expect nothing else of this humble, uncomplaining woman.
|The enjoy the party - but feel the cold and wet!|
The Jubilee also showed the nation at its best ... so many volunteered for their roles in setting up the various events ... it was a people’s jubilee too – many of us just took advantage and watched, many braved the weather and crowds to visit ...
|Irises - much beloved by my mother|
... the street flower seller I use to buy my mother’s flowers, said he’d been ‘told’ by his wife to take their daughter to London for the Pageant ...
... and said laughingly 'they’d seen nothing', yet had fun joining in with everyone in their celebrations ... but their daughter will remember the experience for ever.
We haven’t had a River Pageant since King Charles II and Queen Catherine of Braganza were feted in 1662, which Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn both recorded the scene in their diaries.
Putting her feet up?? – on Wednesday she had a formal lunch for the Commonwealth Heads of State, then visited "her DH" in hospital, then back no doubt for the Red Box with its government papers (that she does every day) ... I bet she wished she could put her feet up now ...
Today I wish them a very happy weekend together – I’m sure the Queen and her family will attend a Service of Thanksgiving at St George’s Chapel, Windsor for the Duke’s birthday.
|Sandringham House circa 1880|
The Show Goes On ... and never stops ... there’s a Garden Party at Sandringham, Norfolk on Tuesday ...
|British Roses in June|
Now to floods – thankfully the Jubilee wasn’t held this weekend ... as the Pageant wouldn’t have happened ... the wind and rain have been awful ... unfortunately the worst of the weather hit ...... Borth – remember that name?
This time it was five inches of rain in the valleys, which caused a torrent of water to rush down ... deluging the town of Borth (Uppingham-by-Sea) and surrounding areas ... elderly (80s+) residents said they’d never experienced anything like it.
Water is a danger ... especially when we’ve been in drought conditions here in the south east, yet surges of it can gather so quickly – even the river-lifeboat got into difficulties – and their crew had to be airlifted to safety.
They didn’t experience a storm surge – but I’m sure the seas must have been exceptionally rough, with the gale force winds added to the challenges for rescue on the land.
Many Congratulations to a wonderful 91 year old, who has been a constant source of support to his spouse, our Queen, throughout their long marriage ...
... the Queen’s words wistfully spoken to Prince William “I wish Philip were here” ... as she appeared to blink back tears on the balcony at the flypast on Tuesday.
He is her rock, as the Queen is Prince Philip’s rock ... together they are invincible ... may he get back his full strength and may they continue to enjoy their latter years together – and, lest we forget, in conjunction with all their royal duties and the demands made on them.
|Honesuckle - so beloved by my mother|
Many thanks for all your wishes for my mother – she is always amazed to hear that blogging friends from around the world remember her!
I showed my mother some of the Jubilee photos and reminded her of Prince William’s wedding last year ... she seemed to remember ... and I’ll read her these posts – she still takes an interest and it’s lovely to see her eyes light up.
Moving a school from Uppingham to Borth in 1876 - the posts about Borth
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