January 18, 2012 8:01am CST
Oh dear here we go, apparently here in Britain in the same year that we host the Olympics we are also going to celebrate the Royal Jubilee and Just like Cleopatra of Egypt.The queen of Britain is going to sail down the Thames on a Dutch barge on a throne escorted by a flotilla of a thousand boats. I am so embarrassed at this display of pomp and ceremony by a nation that can't even supply the queen with a royal yacht, can't fly Harriers, have all but scrapped everything that was good in Britain. It's like the last act of the dying swan.
19 Jan 12
Most Royal events look good, even the scaled down wedding of William & Kate was good and appropriate for the time. This event to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee is just well over the top for the time, I don't know why but as soon as things are put on the water it looks so Naff. I must admit that over the years and the rebuilding after the war London has become a very modern city and anyone visiting can immerse themselves in it's modernity.
• Boise, Idaho
19 Jan 12
Traditions are something aren't they? I am a traditionalist but I do see what you are saying. I think it is almost a responsibility of the cities like London to keep up with technology and their traditions. A countries pride is at stake. Sort of a moral thing.
20 Jan 12
See there you have picked the right word PRIDE, that's the problem. I feel that today there is very little to be proud of. The number of unemployed of about 2.6 million with over 1 million of them young people, some who have never had a job. How can anyone be proud of that and then we are going to have the queen in the midst of her flotilla on a throne perched on a Dutch barge ( because we don't make anything like it ) like Cleopatra. I find it quite immoral to display your ruling power of such a defunct nation.
• United States
19 Jan 12
Wow! It is no doubt a very grand celebration for the queen of Britain in this year Royal Jubilie, she is going to sail down Thames on a barge on a throne excorted by a flotilla of thousand boats, that must be hell of a scene with such a big parade of fleets behind her throne. Don't feel embarassed at this display of pomp and ceremony especially in this time of the year where economy hardship is still lurking around the corner for many nations, such a grand display is appropriate at the very least at a time almost every commoner has to struggle hard in Britain.
19 Jan 12
Well we do have many things to celebrate this year and so if the weather is kind it should be a good year for people to visit. A year of records 2.6 million registered unemployed that's not counting those that have given up like myself, a record over 1 million young people without a job. If the despondency reaches into sport then the Olympics could be devoid of medals for Britain in our year of hosting.