Diamond Jubilee: time to party!
The Diamond Jubilee weekend is upon us: the UK is in full-blown party mode until Tuesday evening. Sixty years in the same job? I guess the Queen has good reason to celebrate. Today, she’s off to the races to see the Derby at Epsom. Tomorrow, there’s the amazing Flotilla of more than a thousand boats down the Thames – shame about the weather forecast! On Monday we have a stunning Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace and beacons will be lit around the country, while on Tuesday there’s the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral. Full details are here.
Here at JARW Towers the bunting is out. Those who know our humble abode in the centre of Bath will recall that Jane Austen’s Regency World lives in a building that was about a hundred years old when Jane walked past: we’re opposite the New Theatre Royal, where there’s a small lawn that will be the setting for a Jubilee party on Tuesday.
If golden jubilees are rare, diamond ones are even rarer. George III ruled from 1760 to 1820, but didn’t quite make the full 60 years – plus he wasn’t well enough to reign those last few years, the Regency of his son being established in his place. But his Golden Jubilee was celebrated in 1810, for which Zoffany painted this portrait.