Gold carriages down Londons roads?
Its still not a concept I feel too sure about.
In India we grew up the idea of democracy, modernity meant eschewing the monarchy.
But would India have been better off with a queen admired by the common man? After all Indians like to look up to someone, if we dont want a king and queen, how can so many countries in Europe still want one! What about the expense!
While I am still wondering about this fascination, I also realise I am almost feeling left out that I can't be joining the crowds on the banks of the Thames and see the queen in person perhaps; since we are away in Lake district. Am I missing something I shouldnt be, maybe it would have been worth it to wait and catch a glimpse of the royal family inlcuding the young princes and Kate, who is another surprise about this whole monarchy thing.
A little swept awayby the evident happiness of everyone around, a little surprised by the evident fascination of the normal stolid english actually revering someone so much, and a little confused about whether monarchy really fits in the modern world!
But all said and done, nothing better than the extra holiday it has got us- Happy Jubilee weekend!