Jubilation for Jubilee
Excitement, pomp and pageantry marked the atmosphere in London, England, yesterday as the curtain came down on the four-day Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Members of the Commonwealth, including Jamaicans, participated in the events.
"The entire England is excited and in a celebratory mood, June Daley, president of Miss Jamaica UK, told The Gleaner. She said the reigning Miss Jamaica UK, Keecia Ellis, was the special guest at the Brixton Village lunch, one of several held in all the boroughs throughout the country. She said in spite of the rains, the largely outdoor parties went on and both Jamaican and British flags were on display.
"But flags sold out pretty early as they were used to decorate all the stores and other buildings," Daley said, pointing out that the patriotic colours of red, white and blue dominated the scene.
She said the Diamond Jubilee celebrations have given a much needed economic boost to the nation, which has been reeling under the effects of a seemingly unending recession and the effects of the prolonged financial crisis elsewhere in Europe.
Here are pictorial highlights of the celebrations.