Today is Commonwealth Day and members of the royal family and a congregation from all corners of the Commonwealth celebrated with a service this afternoon in Westminster Abbey, London.
What was so lovely about this service was that many children and young adults had been included as guests and celebrants.
The royal family was led by HM The Queen and was accompanied by the Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) and the Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla), and also the Duke of Cambridge (Prince William), the Duchess of Cambridge (Katherine), Prince Harry and Miss Meghan Markle, The Princess Royal (Princess Anne), The Duke of York (Prince Andrew), The Duchess of Wessex (Sophie), the Duchess of Gloucester (Birgitte), and Princess Alexandra of Kent (who is the Queen’s cousin.)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (the Duchess is expecting her 3rd baby in May) with Prince Harry and Miss Meghan Markle
Much of the music was modern or from the country of the performers, such as a wonderful Maori choir …
in traditional Maori dress.
There was also a gospel choir who performed Bridge Over Troubled Water, the Simon and Garfunkel song, but it didn’t bear much resemblance – in my opinion – to the original. All in all a jolly service, if you can say for that for a service in Westminster Abbey.
HM The Queen being greeted when she arrived at the Abbey. Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was not attending as he has now retired from official royal duties
I took my photos from the television, so apologies for the poor quality.
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I enjoyed sitting, watching, and listening to this service. It made a nice break – with a cup of tea, of course, and a few small Café Noir biscuits – from the housekeeping in which I had been engaged earlier in the day. After a quick journey to and from our younger son’s home – a mission to take some things from our elder son and collect some things for him – I spent a couple of hours engaged in housekeeping, with my little helpers …
Above, the steam cleaner and, below, the housekeeper’s box … (and of course the vacuum) …
I have had this housekeeper’s box (I’ve included an apostrophe – it’s missing from the box!) for over a year and I have found it really useful – it holds all the items I need to clean, from white vinegar spray to disinfectant (which I use sparingly), rubber gloves (not those I use for washing up) and cleaning cloths and dusters.
I swept and steam-cleaned the kitchen floor, cleaned the shower room, and dusted and vacuumed the sitting room and hall. I didn’t clean all the rooms, that would’ve been too much in one morning/early afternoon, but I achieved more than I thought I would.
Of course, cleaning would be so much easier if I were a minimalist, but as you know from photos of our home, I am certainly not a minimalist! And it takes me time to do even some small jobs, such as making sure that the coasters are clean and the glass in which we keep our toothbrushes gets its weekly wash (this ‘lives’ in the bathroom cabinet and so is hidden from view. I have an aversion to having toothbrushes standing around in a bathroom in which there is also a loo. If Kirstie Allsopp stated that a washing machine in a kitchen was unhygienic, how come she didn’t mention this toothbrush habit which is even more unhygienic?
I wouldn’t say that what I have been doing is spring cleaning, more general housekeeping. If we keep on top of the housework all year round, it we don’t allow rubbish to pile up (by which I mean old newspapers, flyers, re-cycling items) unless we have open fires so that the resultant dust and grime manages to get just about everywhere, there is little need – as in days of old – to strip a room bare and wash everything from top to bottom. Even vacuuming, wiping clean the skirting boards, door frames and handles, perhaps even taking the curtains to the cleaners (or if they are un-lined, washing them) can make a difference.
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When we saw your younger son earlier today, he gave me this lovely basket of white chrysanthemums from himself and our daughter in law as he wasn’t able to see us yesterday for Mothering Sunday …
And now to make supper – omelettes tonight, with a side salad and granary bread.
Until next time.