All the scones have been eaten, bubbly quaffed, and bunting packed away, but like millions of people around the country we have great memories of the Diamond Jubilee. We love any excuse for a good party. Away from the magnificent stately tributes to Her Majesty there were a few quirky and bizarre news gems to come out of the occasion. We’ve picked out our favourites for a final giggle at the celebrations.
1. WEIRD AND WACKY JUBILEE SOUVENIRS
The commemorative mugs and historical books were to be expected, but retailers came up with some really unusual trinkets to mark the occasion too. The Daily Mail published a guide to some of the most strange – including an ice-cream scoop shaped like the Queen, painted egg cups depicting Her Majesty competing in Olympic sports, and of course the infamous sick bag. The royal tea bag was a personal favourite.
2. FROM ONE ROYAL COUPLE TO ANOTHER
Self-styled royals of the celebrity world Posh and Becks filmed their very own video message for the Diamond Jubilee. The Mirror newspaper reports that the film clip, which was broadcast on BBC1, shows the couple congratulating the Queen on her long reign. Taking it upon himself to speak on behalf of the nation, David says: “I’d just like to say from us, me, Victoria, our family and the entire country, congratulations Your Majesty.”
3. MARKING THE JUBILEE… TAIWANESE STYLE
A group of Taiwanese animators have offered their own spin on the Diamond Jubilee celebrations – by turning the events into a comedy cartoon. The Metro newspaper explains the amusing clip, which pokes fun at our typical British wet weather. A palace lacky is shown spraying the Queen with a waterproofing solution as she prepares to face her royal subjects. But as she remains dry, spectators are waving flags waist-deep in a river of rain… which wasn’t actually too far from the truth.
4. HULA-HOOPING SINGER STEALS THE SHOW
Monday evening’s Jubilee concert treated spectators to top tier talents including Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Robbie Williams. But it was pop diva Grace Jones, and her bizarre outfit, that stole the show, according to the Mirror newspaper. The 64-year-old hula-hooped onto the stage, then impressively kept up the moves while belting out her biggest hit single Slave to the Rhythm. Her tiny PVC leotard and futuristic hat certainly left a lasting impression too.
5. ECCENTRIC ROYALISTS CELEBRATE IN STYLE
Fabulous fancy dress outfits caught our jealous eyes, as well-wishers lined London’s streets in a variety of colourful getups. Cardboard masks of the Royal Family proved popular, but our hats went off to those who really pulled out all the stops. As the Metro newspaper’s photo gallery proves, there were Queen impersonators accessorised with cuddly toy corgis, spangly Union Jack dresses, and plenty of pairs of fetching flag themed specs.
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