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Friday, 8 June 2012

The Diamond Lady

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The 2nd of June 2012 marked Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee, 60 years of the Queen's reign over the United Kingdom.

I know you know who I'm talking about. In this day and age, I'm pretty sure there isn't a person on this earth that wouldn't recognise that profile. Yes, this one.

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I won't lie to you. I was no royal enthusiast. After all, in a world of democratically elected prime ministers and presidents, who needs kings and queens, right? I would have gladly praised Thatcher over the Queen. Sure, her politics are debatable but no one could argue that she ruled with an iron fist!

But like a lot of people, there was one royal who I couldn't help but fall in love with. Yes I'm a guy, but I'm not ashamed to admit that I fell for her just as hard as the rest of the world. How could you not? And like everyone else, I suppose it was through her story that I grew to sympathise with the royals. Where I'd imagined an easy life of thrones and crowns and wealth, I realised the price at which it all came: a life in the public eye. 

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It's clear that Kate's gonna follow in their footsteps: beauty, class, intelligence, philanthropy - let's just hope she has a better time of it!

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Getting back to the point I was making before that massive tangent - the Diamond Jubilee! In times of hardship like these (is there anyone's arse the recession isn't kicking?!), it's nice that on that day, 2nd June, everyone had a reason to celebrate - whether it was the Queen's 60 year reign, a much deserved day off work or an excuse to crack open a pint!

For those of you who've been under a rock for the last week - you can catch up with the Jubilee on BBC iPlayer but hurry 'cause they usually only keep programs on for 30 days. If you're in the UK, you can pick up the Daily Mail on the weekend; they're giving away six DVDs on the Queen and the Jubilee free with every paper. 

What do you lot think? Are you fans of the royals?

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