Did anyone watch the Queen's Jubilee pageant on the River Thames yesterday?
I did sit in front of the tv for a while, quite an undertaking, but it did get a bit boring. Actually being there would have made it more exciting. The weather did not co-operate, does it ever in the UK, but being British everyone mustered on come rain or shine. My Mum's favourite saying when we were caught out in the rain and not prepared with a mac, wellies or a brolly, "your not made of sugar you won't melt". The Royals must have been frozen to the bone, however, I bet they were well fortified, prior to boarding the boat and definitely after when arriving back at the palace.
At some point in the program a woman from the crowd was being interviewed, she was holding a piece of ribbon she had saved from the coronation in 1953. This brought back memories of what I did on coronation day. Back in '53 I was living in England and remember all the children dressing up in fancy costume. I was Queen Victoria, wearing a light mauve bridesmaid dress, with leg-o-mutton sleeves, a home made ruffled collar and a sash with fake jewels and badges completed my outfit. My long hair was put up in some kind of bun and on top was a tiara. My younger sister was Little Bow Peep, Mum made her a dress that resembled the one that is always shown in picture books. The previous night a neighbour curled her hair in rags and then in the morning made it into ringlets and Dad made a crook. Instead of sheep, she had a live baby goat. Needless to say she won first prize.
I belonged to "GFS" "Girls Friendly Society", which I remember as being much like a combination of CGIT, "Canadian Girls In Training" and Girl Guides. After the Coronation all the girls were taken to London to see the Crowns etc. that were used in the ceremony.
Do you have memories of Coronation Day, 1953?.