Monday, June 4, 2012

Jubilee madness

We didn't intend it, but somehow we've managed to be in the U.K. for both the Queen's Golden Jubilee, in 2002, and now for the Diamond Jubilee. And let me tell you, this one's clearly a much bigger deal. Not only are the events grander and more extensive, but the whole country seems to have gone Union-Jack mad, at least judging by the shop windows.

You can find tacky flag-themed souvenirs anytime you like in London, but here in Cambridge, they're generally confined to the cheesiest of tourist shops. Not this time around. It's the rare shop window that doesn't have a Jubilee display with all kinds of patriotic merch in it, ranging from the minimalist to the completely over-the-top. It's been quite amazing to take them all in!

Long may you reign, ma'am.

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