this year marks Queen Elizabeth's 60 years of reign as chief monarch of 16 sovereign states (12 of which are British colonies or dominions) since her accession to the throne upon the death of her father, King George VI.
|(the Queen in her coronation robes, 2 June 1953, photo courtesy of Wikipedia)|
so many holidays and events are happening as we speak throughout the Commonwealth to mark this special occasion
|(the United Kingdom's Diamond Jubilee logo)|
here in Gibraltar, a humongous billboard of the Queen is a popular tourist stopover in the Piazza
red and white buntings are up all over the streets in preparation for Prince Edward's (Earl of Wessex, third son and youngest child of the Queen) visit next week
flags are flying high in people's windows to show loyalty to the Crown; Gib is British and will likely remain so forever despite Spain wanting it back. and this is the reason why the Queen's Jubilee dinner attended by the Who's Who of Royalty was snubbed by Spain's own royal couple.Union Jacks are in every shop window
some even have the Queen's picture right next to red, white and blue beddings
some even have a cardboard cut-out of the Queen! check out the red and gold Crown :)
concerts here and there, charity shows and bars and restaurants have special menus just for the occasion!the local supermarket even have customised recyclable bags!
we will be enjoying a long weekend this week :) God save the Queen!