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question of the weekend: Are you commemorating Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee?

If you come to Google today from a U.K. IP address (and perhaps from other nations in the commonwealth, but definitely not from a U.S. IP address), you’ll see this doodle in honor of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II:
Google Diamond Jubilee doodle

London has been building this week to the big party that starts today and extends through Tuesday, with both Monday and Tuesday bank holidays. Even those who don’t particularly care for the royal family are looking forward to days off and an excuse to party.

Tomorrow will be the big day for me. I’ll attempt to get as close to the Thames that I can to get a gawp at the Pageant, during which more than 1000 boats and ships from all over the Commonwealth will parade on the river. Apparently there has not been such an assemblage of craft on the Thames since the 17th century, and it’s hard to imagine when there might be again. This is going to be historic and dramatic, and I’ve been psyched for this since I first heard about it last year. I hope I can actually see some of it through the insane crowds. (More at Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.)

After that, I’ll be participating in the street party happening right outside my door. I’ve never been to a real English street party, and I’m really looking forward to it.

I’ll post lots of pictures.

I couldn’t possibly care less for the royal family, but the party atmosphere around London is fun, and the event is certainly historic, and I’m glad I could be here for it.

Are you commemorating Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee?

Feel free to use this as an open thread on general discussions of royalty in the 21st century, if you like.

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