‘Your Majesty’ print after a painting by artist Mary Lightbody Gow, which appeared in “The Graphic” in 1897 for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. The painting depicts the moment on 20th June 1837 when Victoria received the news that her uncle, King William IV, had died and she had acceded to the throne. The Queen herself inspected the painting during its creation and suggested corrections to make it as accurate as possible.


Just as American’s have holidays like Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Memorial Day, in the UK, we get bank holidays and other little snippets. These are National Holiday and, depending on your family, you may or may not celebrate some of these. I’m not an expert, but I know when my days off are. Without further ado, under the cut you’ll find a list of the holidays celebrated in England / random days off work you can look forward to.

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one gifset per appearance → diamond jubilee celebrations: day 1 - thames river pageant (03/06/2012)

The British Royal Family participated in the world’s largest river parade, celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. 670 boats participated in it, and around one million people took to the streets to watch, and over 10 million people tuned into BBC’s live coverage. 


“I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.” -Queen Elizabeth II

On the eve of her 21st birthday in 1947, Princess Elizabeth made a vow to her nation that she would stand by for the rest of her life. Four years later on February 6, 1952, King George VI died in his sleep and the 25 year old Princess Elizabeth ascended the throne and became Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. 

Queen Elizabeth celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and now, at approximately 5:30 pm on September 9, 2015, she will surpassed Queen Victoria and become Britain’s longest reigning monarch, a record which will unlikely ever be broken again. At 89 years of age, Queen Elizabeth continues to work daily, only ever having two days off a year- Christmas Day and Easter Sunday. 

Congratulations, Your Majesty! 


God Save the Queen —The Punt Gun Salutes of Cowbit, Lincolnshire,

Punt guns were essentially large bore shotguns, typically 6, 4, or even 2 gauge in caliber.  In the 19th century they were used for duck and goose hunting, no kidding.  They were mounted on boats, and the hunter would use them to kill whole flocks at a time while they were in the water.  These weren’t your ordinary hunters, but commercial hunters or “market hunters”, who would hunt game for a profit selling the meat and down to companies.  The age of the punt gun came to an end when governments enacted laws restricting or banning market hunting. Today punt guns are little more than rare collectibles.

In Cowbit, Lincolnshire, England an old tradition has arisen involving punt guns.  On Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee the hunters of the town fired off a volley from their punt guns in celebration.  Since then, the people of Cowbit have fire their punt guns at every coronation and jubilee since. Today, the tradition is still strong as these punt guns were passed down to continue the tradition.  Often, these old firearms had replacement stocks and part, or are fired with special safety stocks — after all, these guns sure give a strong kick.  However, they are the same old punt gun used by their forefathers generations past.  Since punt gun ammunition has been produced in a hundred years, specialty ammunition has to be made for those that aren’t muzzleloaders.  


one gifset per appearance → diamond jubilee celebrations: day 3 [4/4] - balcony appearance, buckingham palace (05/06/2012)

Six members of the immediate British Royal Family, notably missing the Duke of Edinburgh, appeared at the balcony to greet the millions of people waiting on the streets, ending the long-weekend celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.


one gifset per appearance → diamond jubilee celebrations: day 3 [2/4] - luncheon, westminster hall (05/06/2012)

The Royal Family joined 700 guests for a celebratory lunch at Westminster Hall. The menu included salmon, Welsh lamb, grilled Isle of Wight asparagus, Jersey Royal potatoes and chocolate delice, bread and butter pudding and berry compote with apple sauce.


one gifset per appearance → diamond jubilee celebrations: day 2 - concert at the mall (04/06/2012)

Continuing Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the British Royal Family attended a concert in front of Buckingham Palace. Artists such as Robbie Williams, Will.I.Am, Jessie J, Gary Barlow, Cheryl Cole, Ed Sheeran, Annie Lennox, Kylie Minogue, Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney performed. The Queen arrived at 9 p.m., while the Duke of Edinburgh was unable to attend due to having been taken into the hospital for a bladder infection. The rest of the Royal Family attended the concert in its entirety.