In Which We Celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee

Today instead of a regular old American dinner, we got out the silver service, the best china, and the sterling silverware and had tea for dinner in honor of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  It was so fun that I thought I would post about it in case you want to have a Jubilee tea yourself before the weekend is out.

The tea foods were not quite traditional, although we did have little sandwiches.  We also had tiny cucumbers and little curried eggs and cake and sherbet.  Whatever, the point is to drink tea with lots of milk and sugar and have lovely table manners and talk about our favorite monarchs, dahling.

I did actually ask the children about their favorite kings and queens of England.  We’ve been listening to The Story of the World and reading Our Island Story this year, both of which contain lots of great information about all sorts of history.  Our Island Story
in particular is well suited to the pre-K to grade school set, because the stories are engaging and quite short and full of glorious exploits without disturbing details.

Hannah’s favorite queen is Queen Anne, because while she was queen Ireland and Scotland were added to England by the Act of Union.

Jack’s favorite king is King Alfred the Great, because he fought the Vikings and was from Wessex which is a silly word.

Sarah’s favorite king is William the Conqueror, because he came from France.

We also talked about the current queen, and what a Jubilee is, and what was going on in the world in 1952 when Queen Elizabeth was crowned (actually I mistakenly told them 1942 because apparently I think it’s 2002!  Mistake corrected!).  Also we talked about the difference between a teapot, a coffee pot, and a chocolate pot.  A good time was had by all.

If you’re celebrating the Diamond Jubilee, I’d love to hear about it!


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5 thoughts on “In Which We Celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee

  1. I love it!!! I’m so glad someone else around here is celebrating!!! We can’t have our celebration this week but we will in a few weeks and I’m working on the plans……Really, we have the whole year to celebrate, right?!

  2. Looks like you all had a wonderful time. I heartily approve of the drinking of vast quantities of tea. I couldn’t function without it!

    Our family took advantage of the long bank holiday weekend to take a trip to the Lake District and we enjoyed a Jubilee picnic by Ennerdale Water. I have various blog posts lined up about what we got up to on the Jubilee weekend, but it will probably take me a few days to get round to it. If you check the blog in about a week I might have got the posts up! Suffice to say we had a great time.

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