Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Ladies and gentlemen, please be upstanding and raise your glasses!

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is blissfully unaware of it, but this weekend "my husband and I" have celebrated her 81st birthday (on Saturday, 21 April) and drunk a toast to her at no less than two very happy gatherings.

On Friday evening the Governor of NSW, Professor Marie Bashir, hosted a reception to celebrate the Queen’s birthday at Government House, where an unusually balmy evening meant the proceedings could take place outside in the beautiful gardens. A naval band played for us beneath a huge fig tree that has probably been growing on this site since Queen Victoria was a tot.

Coincidentally you can see a fabulous photo of one of these Sydney beauties by Rooruu on her blog today.

Then today we reasonably unsuccessfully dodged the torrential rain (but who cares – it’s good to see the wet stuff) to attend the annual luncheon of the Australian branch of the Society of the Friends of St George's Chapel and Descendants of the Knights of the Garter at Parliament House here in Sydney.

Wasn't it rather clever of Her Majesty, as future Queen (though nobody knew it at the time) to have been born just 2 days before St George’s Day, the patron saint of England?

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