Sneak Peek of the Jubilee

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There is a special glow to London now. Jubilee preparations are everywhere. Despite the barricades and crowd control fencing, the big royal venues are sparkling clean and bedecked with flags. But there are smaller and less official signs too. Placquards in shop windows, neighborhood street banners, and gardens that have seen a bit more effort than usual.

Even the sometimes fickle English weather seems to be joining in the celebration—whether it will continue is anyone’s guess. But for now, London is beginning to look a lot like a city ready to celebrate the rarest of holidays–the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation.

Chinatown is ready…of course the lanterns are nothing new on these streets

Grocery stores have stocked up on Jubilee “necessities”

London’s shiny new Elizabeth Line trains are already running

Historic Royal Palaces—like Hampton Court—are blooming

Every shopping street has banners aloft

And this famous grandmother’s image is everywhere!



  • Deb Hosey White is an executive management consultant with over thirty years experience working for Fortune 1000 companies. She is the author of Pink Slips and Parting Gifts, a workplace novel based upon those experiences. With English ancestors on both sides of her family, Deb is a serious Anglophile and an avid traveler. David Stewart White began his adventures in family travel as a child when he lived in Paris and traveled throughout Europe. He is the author of Let's Take the Kids to London His travel articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the Charlotte Observer,, AAA World Magazine, and in numerous travel websites and online magazines. Beyond Downton Abbey — A Guide to 25 Great Houses was their first collaborative travel writing effort. They followed up with Beyond Downton Abbey Volume 2 to tell the stories of another group of great homes in Britain.

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