I can avoid it no longer. I have made bunting and have attended a Very British Jubilee lunch do. I am tasked with making cupcakes for school and helping my children do scrapbooks on the Queen. I am invited to a very posh bit of a do on Sunday. My local town is doing countless things to celebrate the Queen’s 60 years on the throne and we will try to get involved in most of them.
The Queen has power and privilege but actually she is just like thee and me. Don’t believe me? Try this questionnaire then and see if you and the Queen share experiences, both the joyful and the challenging.
April 21, 1926: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary born in London.
When and where were you born? What are your middle names? Who were you named after?
Dec. 11, 1936: Edward VIII abdicates, and his brother becomes King George VI, placing Elizabeth next in line for the throne.
Was there an event in your childhood that set your destiny on an unexpected course? How did you deal with it?
October 1940: With Britain at war, Princess Elizabeth records her first public broadcast, a message for the children of Britain.
What is your experience of public-speaking, if any? How do you feel about it?
April 21, 1943: Her first public engagement, a day with the Grenadier Guards tank battalion.
What was your first day at work like?
Nov. 20, 1947: Marries Philip Mountbatten, who becomes Duke of Edinburgh.
Who did you team up with or marry? What was it that attracted you to them?
Nov. 14, 1948: Prince Charles is born.
How many children did you have and when and where were they born?
Feb. 6, 1952: George VI dies, succeeded by Elizabeth II.
Have you lost a parent? How was that for you?
June 2, 1953: Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey, the first televised coronation.
Have you ever had any claim to fame or celebrity status? Have you ever appeared on the telly?
1953: The Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, falls in love with a divorced man, prompting the Royal Family to veto marriage – the first of several episodes of marital troubles in the family. Margaret marries Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1960; they divorce in 1978.
What scandal has rocked your family?
June 21, 1982: Charles and Diana’s son Prince William is born.
Are you a grandparent? How do you feel about becoming one?
July 9, 1982: Intruder breaks into Queen’s bedroom; she talks with him until police arrive.
Have you ever being the victim of crime? How did it affect you?
Nov. 20, 1992: Fire destroys part of Windsor Castle.
Have you ever had a horrible year where everything seemed to go wrong? When was it? What happened?
1993: Queen begins paying taxes voluntarily to assuage public sentiment against the state subsidizing the throne; opens Buckingham Palace to tourists to help pay for Windsor Castle repairs.
What did you do that surprised people most?
March 6, 1997: Queen joins cyberspace, launching British Monarchy website, http://www.royal.gov.uk.
What does the internet mean to you? How do you use it?
June 2012 – Queen’s Jubilee celebrating 60 years on the throne.
When was the moment in your life when you felt life was exactly as it should be?
Please feel free to do as many or as few questions as you wish.
I am hoping that this bit of fun will help mums realise that every life has its share of ups and downs.
I am going to tag a few people too and see if we can start celebrating mums and our lives for the Jubilee.
I try to do this every week via the Groovy Mums blog hop which you can read about by clicking https://kateonthinice.wordpress.com/how-to-be-a-groovy-mum/
Wishing everyone a lovely Jubilee weekend.