Whether you wanted to escape it or not, it was difficult to miss the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations over the weekend. We are more used to seeing Kate Middleton and her wardrobe make the news these days but it was the royals as a whole, and the Queen in particular, who dominated the news this week.
The royal family and the Queen have faced some difficult times over the years, and the anti-royalist protesters were even doing their best to make themselves heard at the Thames pageant on Sunday. But it seems the Diamond Jubilee was an amazing success for the monarch and her family.
Various, complicated and grand events were meticulously planned and, aside from the dreadful weather, they were all carried off well. Everyone got behind the celebrations to get a rare glimpse of the royals and the pomp and ceremony which the UK does so well. There was a lack of gaffes and slip-ups and, by the end of the long weekend, it appears that public support for the royal family has shot up.
So what worked so well? Seeing the royals, on show, up close will always draw the crowds but we also got glimpses of their human side too – the little jig the family did whilst enjoying the pageant and Prince Charles saying, ‘mummy’ and asking the crowds to try and create enough noise for his ill father to hear from hospital.
Those in the limelight can sometimes forget to show their warmer side and this makes it all the harder for the audience to relate and, ultimately, like them. But last weekend saw everyone join in to celebrate together and even normally reserved Brits dropped their guard a little and let the rest of us see how much they enjoyed a party too.
Will Edwards is managing director of media training consultancy Bluewood Training
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