Our Queen had said that she wanted Sunday, 3rd June, to be the day when we all had “the big lunch” to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. For some reason our village is holding its Jubilee party on June 5th (nice of them to have a party for my birthday!) so that means that we decided to have our own private celebration on Sunday as the Queen requested.
I don’t profess to be a wonderful cook or flower arranger but this is my Diamond Jubilee celebration. I managed to find the original recipe for the official Coronation Lunch, Coronation Chicken, which is supposed to be served cold. Due to the British weather not behaving itself, cooler and drizzly, just like the Coronation 59 yrs ago, we decided to have it hot. Basically it is a very mild chicken curry, with mixed herbs and peas in with the rice, we also had a mixed salad with it. I was 10 at the time of the Coronation and remember going to a neighbours to watch it on their very new, tiny, black and white TV set. Of course the Coronation wasn’t until June 2nd, 1953, even though she became Queen in February 1952, so will we have all these celebrations again next year I wonder?!
For sweet, I made a pavlova in the shape of our flag, the pattern was made with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, sitting in lashings of cream. No, we didn’t eat all the food today, plenty for tomorrow, will start the diet the day after!
I don’t usually cut flowers from the garden, but just for this occasion, I made an exception. The red colour was provided by two varieties of roses, as was the white with the addition of Hesperis matronalis. Iris, catmint and Geranium magnificum provided the blue, then just round the base is Alchemilla mollis, to provide a bit of foliage.
We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch with our glass of bubbly, hope the Queen enjoyed hers as much! Will leave you with a rather grainy photo I took of the Queen from the TV when we were watching the fantastic Jubilee River Pageant this afternoon.