I give you in pictures a heck of a hard core celebration and include one picture from my friend Olivia who was amazed when the Queen went past her house but she got a great picture. Despite any reservations I have laughed, wept and enjoyed the company of wonderful friends - I think that is what a party is all about. When it comes to fashion this Diamond Jubilee will go down as a defining cultural moment. I look forward to the changes that result of community and the ordinary person dominating over a long weekend because it was the ordinary folks, the workers, the masses who made it and it was us whom the Queen thanked and recognised for making it such a wonderful occasion. There are a lot of photos so ...
The day started with Chanel Blue Boy being applied
I was sewing at the hairdressers to make my hairband in lieu of hat or fascinator
The big hair prep underway
The beehive completed with my home made hairband
My lovely dress from Penny Dreadful Vintage
Attempting to pose in garden but Patches Valentino was after my bag
Taxi from Epsom station with Prosecco in Wilko paper jubilee cups!
At the races Ladies Day
My friend Olivia and I
My first winnings - I came home with more than half of what I took after betting, drinking and eating plus taxi fares - a result
It was fabulous darlings!
En route to Spanish Tapas bar at Tattenham - our feet had had enough of heels and I officially had Miss Piggy trotters
If only my shoes were as soft as the rose...
We became fascinated by a woman who clearly had had too much to drink and slept through our meal, her friends meal and a whole heap of noise!!
Day 2 - Derby day waiting for the Queen to go by after the races - her usual route home and this was before the crowds arrived. I didn't manage to take a photo as I had the petit garcon in one arm and his flag in the other. But we could have touched the Queens car as we were on the road by then and as I said she really smiled at the petit garcon - it was a beaming one and a decent wave. I was amazed, as was he.
Olivia's photo as the Queen passed her house en route to the Derby. You can see how engaged she was and we were closer than this photo. Her blue outfit was stunning as were all her choice such a great selection of colour in the outfits by her Majesty all weekend. Each one was fitting for the occasion.
Day 3 - En route to the River Pagent
The hospitality bands - phew as it was freezing!
The balcony area of the building we were at
I made effort to wear red, white and blue but this is the one and only time you'll find me in white linen trousers, I found them in a pile of old clothes. Must have been from my surfing days in Cornwall around the campfire...
How grey and cold!? No wonder Prince Phillip got taken ill, quite a few people suffered from hypothermia it was so cold and grey.
Thank goodness for hospitality
We watched from the 7th floor in the comfort of the warmth.
The 41 gun salute at the Tower of London - it was meant to be as she went past but they stuck to their 4pm schedule and her Majesty was no where to be seen!
The Flotilla reaching us, just before Tower Bridge
The Queen's boat going past and below
Day 4 - the bank holiday Monday and we begin to prep for our little street party - please note the Welsh flag!
Let the party begin
We were lucky we had one shower and then sunshine and a dry day and night as predicted for London by Countryfile - I watched it to find out the weather. They were only 10 minutes out ref the timing of the last shower, 15:00hr predicted, actual 15:10hr...
Our Jubilee cake as baked by my friend who caters for Princess Michael of Kent - we therefore had a right Royal treat - it was yummy
Um there was a lot of cake & I have spared you the barbecue shots..
Petit garcon and his puppy, Patches was a willing participant
Eek Charles made an appearance
Patches couldn't get enough of the party he was out at every opportunity
At dusk we got all occupy London ish
The flames of warmth
Boy and pup still going strong at 10:30pm
At 12:30pm next door neighbours father all the way from bonny Scotland was our guitar playing hero as we sang Let it Be and Angels to name but two of the many...
Day 5 - pass the Pimms
Sharon of My Style Fashion and Margaret of Penny Dreadful Vintage in deep discussion on vintage matters