Queen Elizabeth II marked her sixtieth year on the British throne this weekend. In honor of her Diamond Jubilee, here are some articles and other pop cultural tidbits about her, the celebrations and the royal family in general.
2. I’m partial to the Oscar award-winning film “The King’s Speech,” which stars my imaginary husband Colin Firth as King George VI of England. George VI had a stuttering problem, but with the help of the eccentric speech therapist Lionel Logue, the king was able to overcome it and deliver a wartime speech that united his nation when it was on the brink of war. His daughter, Elizabeth, was proclaimed queen in 1952.
3. Director Stephen Frears cast the inimitable Helen Mirren as Elizabeth II in his 2006 movie “The Queen.” The movie looks at how the British royals dealt with Princess Diana’s death in 1997 and new prime minister Tony Blair’s pledge to modernize the country. Mirren won a best actress Oscar for her portrayal of the aging monarch.
4. The Christian Science Monitor describes the Jubilee celebrations along the Thames River in London, from the thousand-ship flotilla and the hundreds of thousands of people who braved the rain to watch it from the river banks. The Telegraph meanwhile writes that the Queen was voted “the favourite monarch of all time.”
6. The punk band the Sex Pistols bashed the monarch in their rollicking 1977 song “God Save the Queen,” which came out during Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee that year. The lyrics likened her to a “fascist regime” and as a result the BBC refused to play the song. The song reached number two on the U.K. Singles Chart anyway. Here are the Sex Pistols in action:
7. A year ago Kate Middleton donned an Alexander McQueen gown to marry Prince William. Their pairing was said to reinvigorate the British monarchy in a way that William’s Duran Duran-loving mother Princess Diana did in the 1980s. It also drew more attention to what fashions the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate’s title) was wearing in public. What Kate Wore chronicles Middleton’s fashion choices, while this site is the official web page of the young couple.
Did you read anything about the Jubilee that you liked or found interesting? If so, what was it? Please share in comments.