Today was the Epsom Derby. A big event on the horse racing diary, and one attended by the Queen.
Unfortunately for those of us who happen to live here...it's a day when we don't venture near the town center if we can avoid it. Tens of thousands of people descend on Epsom Downs, and only a complete lunatic ventures into that kind of traffic.
This year, the Derby also signals the beginning of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.
Yep, 60 years on the throne. That's no mean feat. The Queen is 85 years old now, and still up and about all the time. You honestly wouldn't know it to look at her.
Heck, Prince Philip turned 90 last year, still supporting her the same as ever.
Tomorrow is the official start, marked by a river pageant along the Thames. I've seen some pictures of the boats moored up overnight...and it's going to be a corker. There were hundreds and hundreds of boats, ships, barges and whatnot. It should be pretty awesome.
If you happen to fly over England on Monday night -- make SURE you look out of that window.
If you don't know why... take a look at this map here. Because you'll only see this once in a lifetime.
Throughout the day, there will be entire communities who have a big Jubilee get together, referred to as the "Big Lunch" -- Street parties with all the neighbors. Local councils have received requests for over 9,500 road closures -- because it's a bit of a bother to have cars try to swerve around tables and bunting. ;)
And yes -- everything is shut and people are on vacation until Wednesday.
And while I'm a little jealous of my better half because he is covering all those events this weekend, I also feel sorry for him -- because after the concert is finally done tomorrow...he'll get about 2 hours sleep before he has to go to St. Paul's.
I'll probably watch it on TV like millions of other people, join my neighbors for lunch, and generally try to have a good time. Yes, London is 30 minutes by train...but there will be millions of people on the streets and at the events. I might go, I'd love to see the beacons, but I don't fancy being crushed. :)
Have a great weekend, everyone!