I’ve been following with interest the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and opinions on twitter this weekend. Not all are positive, in fact, most aren’t.
But regardless of how you feel about the monarchy, history is happening at this very moment.
It’s Tuesday and I’m sitting on my couch after a weekend of partying… for the Queen of course. And while I’ve been enjoying the two days off Her Royal Majesty has given us, it’s hard not to get stuck in the hype of the Diamond Jubilee.
And I’ve been thinking about the last 60 years and how long that time really is. The Queen has been on the throne for 60 years and has seen more things from her throne than I have in the lifetime of my Mum and I combined.
It makes me realise how much change happens, in an instant, in a moment and over 60 years. How lucky are we, currently here today, that we will continue to see the world change and have seen so much change so far.
The introduction of the internet, social media, the fall of oppresive empires, the death of John Paul II, the death of Princess Diana, financial crashes, terrorist acts, death of many high flying celebrities at their peaks and some not so much, the election to the Papacy of Pope Benedict and one day we will also see the change of the throne from Queen Elizabeth to her successor – whoever that might be.
There’s a lot for us to be grateful for, I think.
Most importantly, I’m looking forward to one day sharing this moment in history (because this is history in the making) with another generation, very much like my parents shared their moments of history with me.
However you feel about the Monarchy it’s undeniable that 60 years is an enormous feat and that this weekend was worth celebrating – even if it is just for all the history.