In honor of International Women’s Day, today we’re going to talk about a woman who is one of the most famous women in the world, if not the most famous. And, as it happens, she is my favorite reigning British monarch.
I am talking, of course, about Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, a.k.a. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Give it up for the Big E.
I’m kidding. It feels like Queen Elizabeth II has been around forever and, in fact, she pretty much has. I thought she was the longest-ruling monarch in British history until I found out that she still needs to kick Queen Victoria’s butt in this well-shod footrace. If she just hangs in there another three and a half years, however, she’s got it in the bag. (Remember this tidbit for later.)
I’ve been interested in the Diamond Jubilee festivities for months, but for some reason, it didn’t occur to me until yesterday to investigate the commemorative souvenir options. After all, if Mother England was going to produce all sorts of tchotchkes and unmentionables for a mere royal wedding last year, surely they were going to seriously bring it for a monarch who’s been steadfastly doing her thing for six decades.
And doing it with style, I might add.
So if you feel like picking up a few Diamond Jubilee souvenirs, I encourage you to check out some of these goodies at the official website:
- As can be expected, there are plenty of china options, including this mug and this freaking fabulous mug. Tea and scones not included.
- I’m pretty sure I need this canvas shopping bag. No, wait. I MUST HAVE THIS BAG.
- Other variations on the Keep Calm humor include magnets and keychains. (Go look, each one is a different joke.)
- You know you want to play some Texas Hold ‘Em with these playing cards.
- There are all sorts of party supplies, including paper plates and napkins and bunting.
I have to say, the Jubilee website displays so much more humor than the wedding one did last year.
(Also, I really need that checklist shopping bag.)
So I know this post isn’t in the true spirit of International Women’s Day, but I do think it’s important to acknowledge my royal gal Elizabeth’s contribution to world history for so many years now (and counting!).
And you’d better believe I’ll be watching the pageant on June 3.
(Seriously. Gonna get me that bag.)
Who else is as into all this as I am?
Photo credits: Yahoo Images.