I thought it was a super celebration. Really fit for a Queen.
I enjoyed "observing" it, in the sense of merely watching it as a spectator. The pageantry and pomp and ceremony are things the Brits do better than anyone else in the world, and it is a form of theatrical entertainment that keeps tourism thriving, so I think the Royals earn their keep.
And this time they put on a wonderful show, from the flotilla on the Thames to a dynamite concert and marvelous fireworks display. It was all quite enjoyable to watch.
I also learned all sorts of interesting trivia. Like the fact that the Queen's skirts are weighted to prevent anything that might cause a "wardrobe malfunction" and an unwanted show of leg, and the armholes of her garments are cut larger so she can wave without hiking up her jacket or coat. Who knew? And the ubiquitous black handbag, a style called "the beaver", has an extra long strap to hang properly on her arm and is made to be lightweight for comfort. Why she wears only a black bag with pastel colors, when a lighter neutral color would probably look better, was not fully explained, nor will we know what's carried inside it, but it's main function appears to be to give her something to do with her non-waving arm--it helps to maintain her posture and composed appearance, which must be why she even had it dangling when she was out on the balcony of Buckingham palace. She has developed a definite style, so people in a crowd can clearly identify her as the Queen, even if she is seen from a considerable distance. She may not be trendy, but she certainly has her own "look" and it's consistency is important to the image.
I have no personal feelings about either the Queen or the monarchy. I admire her physical stamina at the age of 86, and I think she has some seriously sensational jewelry. Given that I think being a Queen is sort of an anachronism in this day and age, and I suspect a good deal of her job is doing work I would find extremely boring, I don't envy her, but I do admire her ability to fill the bill, and I can understand that she means considerably more to the people of the Commonwealth than I am able to appreciate.
There is nothing wrong with rewarding and honoring someone for a job well done, which is how I viewed the Jubilee celebration. Being Queen was not something she sought out--it was a responsibility that was thrust upon her, and she has always fulfilled her duties and likely will continue to do so until her death. Celebrating this milestone in her reign was a happy event and a cause for national pride. I could only watch from the sidelines, but I thoroughly enjoyed all of it and I am glad there was television coverage here. It was a jolly good show.