Only two British monarchs have achieved a 60-year reign (the other was Queen Victoria in 1897) and the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 is an historic event in every sense. Commemorative souvenirs have been a popular way of marking Royal events such as jubilees for the last three centuries and this set of original 10 color postcards celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.Through these postcards well-known British photographer Martin Parr takesan affectionate and humorous look at the Jubilee theme and the British tradition of neighborhood street parties. Street parties linked with royal and other national events have been part of British life since 1919: many people still remember the street parties held up and down the country for the Queen’s Coronation in 1953, for her Silver Jubilee in 1977, for Charles and Diana’s Wedding in 1981, for the Golden Jubilee in 2002, and most recently, more than one million people took part in their neighborhood parties celebrating the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in April 2011.The postcards are original and entertaining and look at the British love of commemorating royal events with a street party. The tradition is loved for its ability to build a sense of community spirit at the street level and all ages can meet together and join in the fun and games laid on for the occasion. The celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee will continue throughout 2012 and this set of postcards is an original and humorous commemorative souvenir of this historic event.
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