Did anyone see the Jubilee Party live or on TV ? The Royal family pulled out all the stops as Buckingham Palace was turned into a giant IMAX screen, drone formations of corgis, handbags and horses as well as Paddington Bear who got to have tea with our Queen and find out where she keeps her marmalade sandwiches. Rod Stewart, Elton John, George Ezra, Diana Ross and more - something for everyone as crowds lined the Mall to celebrate Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee. What brilliant timing for an event to unite us, strength in numbers, strength in a message of hope, resilience and diversity.
Furthermore, not only was David Attenborough's face enlarged on Buck House, but Prince William made an excellent speech to support work to ensure the natural environment is at the top of the global agenda.
In case you missed it - here is the video of David Attenborough's succinct statement of hope against adversity:
These are his words:
"It is the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. 70 years on the throne, it was very soon after her accession to the throne that I had the good fortune to start travelling all over the globe making programmes about the natural world. Then our planet seemed to be almost infinitely large and human activity almost irrelevant to its future. How wrong I was. Today, almost everywhere the natural world is changing and in retreat because of what we are doing to it. But there is hope. We now have the understanding and the knowhow to put right the damage we have done. We can, if we wish, begin to restore the health of the planet and protect the wild places of the animals and plants that live in them. The Queen and the Royal family have been a crucial part in working for the conservation of our Green Planet. We are at a crossroads. The decisions we make today could lead to a brighter future, not only for the world's wildlife but for all humanity." ~Sir David Attenborough
Prince William gives us a taster of the strength of his future leadership as King:
A unique and brilliant rendition of my absolute favourite (I'll show the Louis Armstrong version, not that I need another excuse to listen to it!). What a Wonderful World:
And of course Paddington meets the Queen:
Whether you are a royalist, or don't really have an interest, you can't fail to enjoy the good humour, community spirit and inclusive feeling that radiated from this weekend's celebrations but most importantly that together, by each playing our part however big or small, we can make a difference if we all just keep taking steps in the right direction. Change is afoot - the crossroads are here and we can choose to take a direction which will enhance the beauty of this wonderful planet we call our home.
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Hope you had a jubilant weekend - see what I did there?!