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Wednesday, 30 January, 2002, 14:04 GMT
The Queen's Golden Jubilee: Will you be celebrating?
The Government is facing calls to subsidise street parties for the Queen's Golden Jubilee amid fears that costly red tape could make the event a flop.
A survey carried out by The Times newspaper has shown that only a handful of parties have so far been planned around the UK.
Meanwhile a second study by BBC Wales has found that only five of the 22 local authorities in Wales are so far planning events to mark the Queen's accession to the throne.
This is in contrast to the Silver Jubilee in 1977 when millions turned out on the streets to celebrate.
Insurance costs and the need to obtain planning permission to close roads have been cited as possible deterrents.
Are you looking forward to the Queen's Golden Jubilee? Will there be street parties and other celebratory events in your area?
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Considering all the bad news coming out of Britain nowadays I should think you'd be glad to have something to celebrate. The atmosphere at the 1977 Jubilee was much more positive. I really can't understand why the British have such a negative attitude towards their own culture.
Wow - what bitterness and ignorance! The Queen does not run the country, that is down to the self obsessed politicians. She IS a very effective sales weapon and "brand" for the UK - look at all the tourist dollars we would loose not to mention the loss in earning for the tabloids if we didn┐t have a monarchy. My only problem is the lack of interest of the media - it will be up to them in the end whether it's a success or not.
I won't be celebrating this queen's Jubilee because I no longer have any respect her: she is grossly out of touch with the wishes of the British people, as demonstrated at the time of Diana's funeral. She also appears to be bored or even angry at most of her public engagements. Had it been the Queen Mother's, Diana's or Charles' Golden Jubilee, I would certainly have celebrated.
I feel that the monarchy have had their days of glory and with global politics the Queen has very little impact
What's to celebrate? The monarchy is an outdated system, which is upheld by a group of immoral and amoral people who wish to remain a part of an elitist society. As a post-war child I was raised to kow-tow to such people before I became old enough to realize how wrong the system is. SO what's to celebrate in any case the Royal family is hardly an example of a happy functional family is it?
Charles Everson, United States
I'm not ashamed to say I'm as British as they come, nor that I love the Royal Family and the history which they stand for. I don't feel the need to label myself as some pathetic victim of Norman oppression simply because I am from a nation ruled by an ancient and proud monarchy. I for one will definitely be celebrating - I'm back home to do so. God bless the Queen!
Yes, why should we reject our culture and traditions that make us stand out from the rest of Europe? Every time we give up a part our heritage to "fit in" with EU regulation, Great Britain becomes just that little bit less "Great"!
The Queen is 75 and looks a picture of health with her life of immense privilege, all the assistance she has ever needed and access to first-class health care whenever she needed it. My mother is also 75 but in a nursing home after a lifetime of hard graft and bringing up three children in the fifties and sixties on a very low income and with poor health care. The Queen didn't make any difference to my parents' generation and she hasn't done anything for mine.
Gerrard Fagbemi, London, England
Personally, I'll be staying in bed watching videos and eating crisps but if anyone comes into my room and runs a Union Jack up a flagpole, I'll certainly salute it. God Bless You, Ma'am.
I am disgusted by the various comments above. Have you no national pride left? The Queen has served us very well and is still a powerful focus for Britain abroad. God save the Queen!!
I think it's great that we are having a party of the Royal Family. Maybe this will encourage Caroline Aherne to write more episodes..... my arse!
June 3 just happens to be my birthday so I will be celebrating anyway! I'm not a monarchist but might just raise my glass to the Queen to thank her for getting me the day off!
G. Morgan, Wales
I will proudly celebrate Her Majesty's 50 years of service. In a world of change for change's sake, she has the good sense to remain fresh and current, while maintaining what is good in the old and traditional. Let's all join in the worldwide party! The Commonwealth needs to join in as well.
Those who want to celebrate should do so and those who don't should not, surely it's that simple. I don't dislike the Queen, nor do I like her, I've never met the woman so I am in no position to judge.
My girlfriend and I, along with our families and friends will be celebrating the Jubilee. The Queen has dedicated her life to this country and the Commonwealth and I for one commend her for that. God Save the Queen!
Mike Parker, England
Lets face it. If the Scots, the Irish or the Welsh had their own monarch, they would celebrate like no tomorrow. Once again the English and indeed Britain as a whole is being made to feel ashamed of its heritage. If people in Scotland, Wales and Ireland are so against the monarchy, then maybe we should just give up and grant them full independence. At least that way we wouldn┐t be subsiding them anymore. Can we not just celebrate something just for once without all of the bitchiness?
Street parties are a thing of the past. They looked anachronistic and out of place in 1977. Surely somebody can come up with something a little more up-to-date?
We are all aged between 21-27, and we will be organising a huge event to celebrate the golden jubilee... I resent these "trendy" idiots, saying all young people despise the monarchy, these people are very narrow, and need to look beyond their own group of friends.
By the way, a quarter of our group are Aussies, so looks like not all Aussies hate them either!
I am proud of our Queen, I acknowledge Her service to us for all these years, and I am glad to be a loyal subject.
I'll certainly be celebrating Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee.
Those who talk about leaving the country on this historic occasion should do so, and needn't come back.
We held a street party 25 years ago to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee. I still live in the same street, as do most of the people who attended this party, so we will definitely be holding another to celebrate the Golden Jubilee. Long live our noble Queen!
Why should we celebrate someone who is at the pinnacle of everything that's rotten about our society. Royalty and its lower neighbours should be confined to the waste bin of history. The monarchy is sexist, prejudiced against all other religions bar CofE and totally out of touch with modern day life in the UK.
That we actually debate this is sad in itself. Have a party anyway - you never know we might even enjoy ourselves! It doesn't matter a stuff whether you are a royalist or not - chill out everyone. Look to the Caribbean for a role model of how life should be played out.
Live it up and celebrate who you are without looking
over your shoulder or feeling embarrassed. Elizabeth
has shouldered the responsibility of the monarchy admirably and,
I sense, at a considerable cost to her own happiness. Give the
gal a break. Fifty years is a long time to do what she has done without
Chris Hawes, Great Britain
Unlike Chris Ward who will be enjoying the extra day off, I have put down to work, enjoying the double time Bank Holiday pay. Viva la Revolution!
I bet all these anti-monarchists will still be enjoying the extra bank holiday!!
What is there to celebrate? The Royal Family is an embarrassing anachronism which helps prop up the wretched class system in this country. When we become a Republic, I will gladly take part in a street party. The Queen has got nothing to do with me or my life.
Chris B, England
If anyone applies for planning permission to block my street for a pro-monarchy party then I shall oppose it. If these people want to celebrate an anti-democracy anniversary then let them do so in private.
Although the monarchy is an anachronism, Queen Elizabeth II has done her duty exceptionally well for what it is worth. She deserves a tribute to mark 50 years of a difficult job well done. Then, please, let's get serious.
Christopher Laird, Japan
I remember the Jubilee parties of 1977 and think there should be every effort made to celebrate the Golden Jubilee in the same way.
Celebrating the Queen's Jubilee is as important to the United Kingdom as Americans celebrating independence because it is a statement defining the way the country is run and the way people live. Of all the countries in the world the UK is one of if not the most respected and it is partially because we have a constitutional monarchy that we get this respect.
I'd encourage the government to waive the rules about blocking off streets and let the citizens of the UK be sensible by blocking their road off with cones whilst they have their street party.
I would be happy to celebrate! As long as the Queen foots the bill..
David Hazel, UK
Spending taxpayers' money on such a celebration is repulsive to me. Let her have a service at Westminster with her chums and a couple of processions through London for the tourists but please don't force it on the rest of us. I'm glad I will be away for it.
Same plan as 77: a 'Stuff the Jubilee' party.
I shall be celebrating having an extra day off work. Thanks Queenie!
I remember the 1977 Silver Jubilee when the whole of our street held a children's party. I will spend the extra Bank Holiday at home; maybe toast the Queen but not anything else.
Why not? It's a day off to get on the lash! Cheers Liz!
It must be confusing and embarrassing to be British. Worse still, a continuing downward spiral is not a predicament you can work your way out of.
We are organising a caravan rally for that weekend where we will have a party for the kids. It seems that many of the people submitting to this forum would rather see Britain run by an elected president, and we can all see with America that this will reduce all the scandals and problems! There are very few monarchs left in this world, I am proud that Britain has one of them.
I'm looking forward to the parties, and celebrating our country's past and future, and the achievement of one of the world's longest-serving and most respected heads of state.
Although street parties are not common in Canada, we are looking forward to a glorious royal visit in October. Our first event is in less than two weeks: an Accession Day Evensong in Toronto's Anglican Cathedral, to be held long before the Queen visits our dominion. A commemorative stamp has already been issued by the Canadian post office. Her Majesty has served the UK and the Commonwealth very well for 50 years. Long may she reign!
I will celebrate on behalf of those Britons who do not want to celebrate. I like the Queen and wish she could be the Queen of Finland too.
John Brownlee, England
I am amazed at people who criticise the Queen who seems to have done her best in a very difficult job. I see a person, another human being, who has had to suffer much as the hopes she had for her children, like so many of her generation, have turned out to be dashed. No other person, not even politicians, has had to endure such constant hostile press reporting over such a long period and not had the power to answer back. I could have not have done the job as well and neither could most of her critics. Maybe her Jubilee will make the UK sit up and look at itself and see what a nasty load of backstabbers with not a good word for anyone that we've all become over the last 50 years.
Why should I celebrate an institution that is still explicitly discriminatory against Catholics?
The Act of Settlement, 1701, prevents a Catholic ascending the throne and forbids the heir to the throne marrying a Catholic.
Since when was religious discrimination worth celebrating?
I am firmly of the belief that when the Queen passes away she will take our monarchy with her. None of her heirs, with the possible exception of Anne, have shown themselves worthy of taking over from her. She herself has to shoulder some of the blame for the failure of her children to live up to what is required of them but in reality it has been the changing face of society in general which has brought about their demise.
If there are going to be celebrations this year they might be more appropriately done in the form of wakes!
I am sick of hearing people criticising the Royal Family in general and the Queen in particular. They are HUMAN. I can give you three good reasons why we should not have a republic:
1. President Heath
God Save the Queen!
Where there is a will there is a way. I know my mother and others in the small village where she lives in Wiltshire are already ironing the bunting and organising the raffle. I, on the other hand, being the anti-monarchy devil daughter, am going to probably celebrate by taking a long weekend - in another country.
Any excuse to party is good enough for me. I think it will be quite comical to see all those people who "don't really like the Queen" getting very merry and shouting, "God save the Queen".
The monarchy is part of our heritage and traditions. It would be a shame to get rid of them because they are all that makes this country different from the 100 other carbon copy democracies based on the American model.
Steve Cahill, England
Personally, I refuse to celebrate anything to do with the monarchy and will therefore be going to work on the 3rd of June. I urge anyone who believes that this country should be a democracy to do the same.
Jon Cooper, UK
Of course I will be celebrating, Her Majesty is the Queen of England. 50 years on the throne is an achievement to be proud of.
Regarding the comment by Mike that Her Majesty is the Queen of England, does that mean that as I'm Scottish, I can get a refund of my taxes that were ploughed into the monarchy?
Mike in England: why is 50 years on the throne an achievement to be proud of? What has she done in that time, apart from staying alive and waving to a few people?
I am trying to get as far away from it as possible and flying to Hong Kong.
The only time I ever see Her Majesty is for her annual message, going to Sandringham church for services plus attending the odd funeral, all of which is on TV. She's as remote to me as she is to the average Australian. I am still pro monarchy, but have better things to do that day.
No, she means nothing to me and I don't see that her being on the throne for 50 years has any particular relevance to me in the slightest.
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