[Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II]
The massive Diamond Jubilee weekend has come to an end with its River Pageants, mind-blowing rock concerts with laser projections on Buckingham Palace, and millions of ecstatic cheering crowds along the Mall. One was going to construct a long, measured and thoughtful piece about the meaning of the event -- past and present, in Britain and in Canada, to our forebears and perhaps to our descendants. It was to have contained the Idle Historian's requisite level of homage to tradition and nostalgia ("For God, Queen and country"), with nevertheless a measured and balanced reflection on the role of monarchy and the Queen in our constitutional framework. It would have ended, most probably, with a rousing tribute to Her Majesty and a nod to how proud the Idle Historian is (as a non-British person) of the British heritage bequeathed to our country.
But, alas, such a post exists only in the theoretical. At the prospect of actually combining these many complex threads and crafting the appropriate words, one finds oneself feeling rather like William, Kate and Harry looked at one point during the (lovely) Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral:
[The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry at the
Service of Thanksgiving, showing a tad bit of
One has come up a bit short in this task. Her indefatigable Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will, I hope, overlook the failings of this humble member of her Commonwealth. (Though you may view thoughts on the Jubilee, including my own, on our "sister blog" here.)
So, in lieu of this mythological perfect post, a nice little video someone has put together for the occasion. Handel's coronation anthem, Zadok the Priest:
Read more reflections on history, idleness, and the art of living from the Idle Historian in To The Idler The Spoils