While I’m still slightly miffed that I’ve yet to receive my invitation to the Royal Wedding (over a year late!), all is forgiven this week in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee…marking the monarch’s historic 60-year reign. To be clear, a “diamond jubilee” is typically an observance of a 75th anniversary. However, in the case of a monarch, only a 60-year reign is necessary for the fun to begin. This is further evidence that royalty are different from you and me.
As expected, this international celebration has created a world-wide shortage of bunting and Jubilee portrait tote bags. And no wonder! Her 60-year, 119 day run asqueen regnant of 16 sovereign states is second only to the 63-year, 216 day reign of Queen Victoria…Elizabeth’s great-great-grandmother.
The events in London will culminate with a Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace tonight (June 4th). Many “Sirs” will be performing, including Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, and Sir Tom Jones. What could be more stirring than seeing Her Majesty sing along with “What’s New Pussycat?”
(Trivia alert: Buckingham Palace, where the “Sirs” will be rockin’ out tonight, was purchased by King George III to be his queen’s private residence, and it has been the official London residence and office of the British monarch ever since.)
Having spent many puzzled moments at the intersection of Providence and Providence and Queens and Queens in Charlotte, NC, I knew that there had to be some “queenly” (and maybe providential) roots for that city to gain its nickname as “The Queen City.” Turns out, it was a German princess, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who provided the city’s name after marrying British King George III in 1761 and becoming Queen Charlotte. The North Carolina city and its resident county of Mecklenburg, then part of the Kingdom of Great Britain, were named in her honor a year later.
Charlotte’s Queen Charlotte is the great-great-great grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II…which brings me back to the Diamond Jubilee festivities. If you’d like to send a personal, congratulatory note to the Queen, here’s the link. You could impress her with your knowledge of her ancestry…or ask her if Sir Paul is still the cute one.
By Tom Gongaware (General Sales Manager, Triangle Region)