Having posted recently that I’m not maudlin, I have to confess that I have spent the jubilee celebrations on the verge of tears. I admire the queen so much. I think she has done a wonderful job, and as we all know, it hasn’t always been easy for her. How great that so many people wanted to show their appreciation. It’s so sad that Prince Phillip was not able to support her today, as he has done for so many years. I think he deserves appreciation too. Always in the background, but always there for her. We are assured that his illness is not serious, but many of us know the possibly disastrous effects of a UTI. The Queen must know that the days of relying on his support are numbered, and I think she was incredibly brave this morning. My highlights? Gary Barlow’s programme as he recorded his song. I never liked him, thought he was very arrogant, but he did a brilliant job there, And the young choir, drawn together from all over the country to sing a new anthem. They too were wonderful, and I loved the anthem. I hope we hear it again. And of course the Archbishop of Canterbury’s address. I thought he struck just the right note. What a farewell from him. I watched the coronation, my first experience of TV. We didn’t have one, but a neighbour invited us to watch with them. And my sister was married in coronation year, so we look forward to celebration their diamond wedding . My bridesmaid gift was a Wedgwood brooch with a portrait of the queen. I’ve never worn it, it’s not really my style. Wonder how much it’s worth now? I know not everyone admires the royal family, and many others will have simply enjoyed an extra holiday, but for me this has been a very moving experience.