Are you planning a street party? Or going to stay at home and have a glass of champagne while you watch it all on the telly? Or perhaps you are planning on camping out along the Mall? Me, well I think I might just bake a cake to celebrate and have a little tea party. Those lovely folk at Appliances Online got in touch with me and asked me if I thought my readers might like to celebrate a bit with them. And of course the answer was yes! So they are sponsoring this giveaway, in honour of the Diamond Jubilee
Did you know Elizabeth II is only the second ever British monarch to celebrate a Diamond jubilee (60 years as Queen). The first was Queen Victoria. Our Queen came to the throne on 6 February 1952 and her Coronation took place on 2 June 1953. My mum was a nurse then at Westminster Hospital, and remembered the Hospital being full of people who had fainted! I think she was a little upset not to have been picked to be on duty in Westminster Abbey;)
Food was still rationed, following on from the Second World War and one of my favourite facts is that the Ministry of Food granted 82 applications for people to roast oxen, if they could prove that by tradition, an ox had been roasted at previous Coronations – a welcome concession in a country where the meat ration was two shillings a week!
The Coronation was televised and so far as I can tell, pretty much everyone either watched or listened on the radio with an estimated 27 million people in Britain watching the ceremony on TV and 11 million listened on the radio. The Queen agreed that the Coronation be televised so that as many people as possible could observe the ceremony, and it was of course, a first!
The Queen celebrated her Silver Jubilee (25 years) in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee (50 years) in 2002. But, the Diamond Jubilee, this year is going to be something quite special. The celebrations will centre around an extended weekend on 2, 3, 4 and 5 June. We are getting an extra Bank Holiday on the 5th of June and our normal end of May holiday is being moved so that the weekend celebrations last for a full 4 days! Appliances Online would like to help you celebrate with an Amazon Voucher for £50 that you can use to buy party goods or Jubilee memorabilia, or whatever else you’d like.
To enter, all you need to do is to comment below with what you would serve the Queen for tea if she came to visit. Me? Well, I think I’d make simple scones and serve them with homemade jam and clotted cream.