Yesterday the weather was awful - rain cold and sunless - yet meeting the parents of maytrees ma's fiance for lunch yesterday, followed by a walk to the church and hotel where the wedding and reception are planned for later this year, was not as daunting as might have been expected. The lunch was fun and although we had had to move the dining table into the sitting room to squeeze everybody in, the outcome was a success - at least we thought so.
Meanwhile the Queen spent over 4 hours aboard the royal barge going downstream on the Thames accompanied by some 1000 other vessels and giving the million or so who traveled up to Town to enjoy the day out, quite something to see hear and cheer about.
Although much more content to spend the day in Wimbledon planning for the wedding later this year with daughter Alice's prospective in laws, than I would have been in watching the queen glide by downstream from a vantage point in the City, I did find the monarch's quiet charm and dignity very moving.
60 years is a long time in anyone's life and celebrating the queen's 60 years on the throne despite the down beat feel of western life at present is a great national boost. I think that she will out do Queen Victoria's 64 years on the throne - her 60 year plus stint on the throne to date looks set to be the record for quite some time thereafter.
Back in Wimbledon, the by now pouring rain, meant that the tea room at the hotel was too full to admit another half dozen or so for tea so we walked happily back almost singing in the rain.