Your Roving Jubilee Reporter

Sit in front of the television all day?

Not likely.

Today I have been out and about with my friend Lydia, in a bid to bring you a flavour of the jubilee celebrations across the country.

I visited the village of Chawton, home for many years of Jane Austen: more of this hereafter. And then we drove to Winchester to join the celebrations on the street.

There are flags here from Jane Austen’s house; Winchester Cathedral; Winchester School; pubs, private houses, markets, town halls and village halls. See if you can spot which is which.

The people’s jubilee: hot off the press.

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33 thoughts on “Your Roving Jubilee Reporter

  1. Lovely pictures, Kate. We’ve had fun driving around today too, no photographs, though. We even saw a garden party for about 50 people in full swing – including cakes and barbecue – in spite of the rain. On the way home it was still ‘happening’. All the youngsters had gone away – but about 15 stalwart ‘oldies’ (65+) were boogying for all they were worth. 🙂

  2. Lovely, we saw the whole river thingy, but they couldn’t pick up the commentary, so slightly baffling at times. Stunning!

    You people from the island do pomp so very well

  3. CNN ran about about 2 hours of coverage here this morning. I’m afraid I only watched the last 20 minutes or so (and thought of you probably being out in all that rain). I’m an American, after all, and one of those who finds royalty in the 21st Century a bit difficult to comprehend. However, I remember quite well, as a 9-year-old girl, watching every minute of the coronation ceremonies on television. Princesses and queens and such were very big with me back then. It was amazing to see a real live queen in a spectacular horse-drawn carriage. A fairy tale come to life!

    1. Yes, they’re still around, PT 🙂 And while we have those who support the monarchy and those who do not, everyone seems to think the current queen a conscientious monarch. The institution has come through some sticky patches in the latter days of the 20th century, but it seems time heals.

  4. Thanks for sharing! My daughter has been fascinated with the royal family since we had an opportunity to visit a few times. Then she enjoyed a jubilee(?) while attending a summer semester in London. I’ll share these with her for sure!

  5. Great pictures! Must be a ton of fun there right now! I heard on CBC today that some place I can’t spell in Scotland sent the Queen the traditional lamprey pie! I can’t imagine anyone eating a lamprey! We had to disect one once in Biology class and I darn near fainted. They are the ugliest things. But, that aside, I hope you’re having a wonderful time. Can’t wait to see more photos.

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