I watched a film on Channel 4 this evening - a film about the preparations for and then the carrying out of Queen Elizabeth's Coronation in June 1953.
It made me feel very old - I had been married for 18 months and I remember the event very well but it was interesting to see the preparations and the practising that went on.
Also I noticed that the thousands who ran down The Mall to get to the front at Buckingham Palace were almost without exception dressed in dark, drab clothes. And then of course I realised that it was only about eight years after the end of the second World War. And I don't remember thinking about the drab colours at the time so it must have been 'par for the course'.
My Grandmother bought a television (10 inch screen) specially for the occasion. My fairly new first husband and I (still living with my parents) and my mother and father and my brother and his wife (he had a car so my parents and M and I were taken by car I felt rather grand if I remember).
My Grandmother and my four spinster aunts who all still lived at home (like many women left spinsters by the shortage of young men after the First World War) invited us all to watch it on the new black and white television and - we really did feel rather posh - to a buffet lunch (some foods were still rationed). I wish I could remember what we ate. After watching tonight I know that the Queen had a bit of a break at one point and had smoked salmon sandwiches and sausage rolls!!
It is late now and dark and forecast to be much colder. I just hope there is not a frost - my tubs by the front door are just coming along nicely. See you tomorrow.