... or in reality just a few minutes.
If you're in the UK then you really can't have escaped the Jubilee fever that seems to have taken over. Go to any town centre or village green and you'd be forgiven for thinking that there's been an explosion in a nearby bunting factory. If you have children of school age then there have been numerous tea parties, concerts and picnics to celebrate.
I freely admit to being a bit of a royalist. I love the royal family and what they do for the country and think the Queen should be celebrated after so many years serving the country. Whatever your views though, a diamond jubilee is something that most of us will only see one of in our lifetimes and a big countrywide event that will go down in history.
Little Miss C's nursery have been celebrating the event with a variety of activities for the children and culminating in a jubilee tea party where the children were invited to come along in fancy dress. LMC's had a bit of a recent obsession with the Queen and crowns so it seemed obvious that her outfit should try to emulate the woman whose big day it is.
The cloak was a simple rectangular piece of red velvet effect fabric from my stash trimmed with a bit of white fake fur from the local haberdashery shop. A couple of gold buttons from my collection and a small bit of fabric to fasten it all together completed the look. An hour or two of sewing and a late night and my masterpiece was complete. The slight problem was that LMC wasn't exactly impressed by it all and apart from the a minute or so when I took a photo the cloak was rejected and never worn again!
Luckily the crown was a bit more successful. Made together I managed to find some gold card which was formed into a round shape. On this we stuck loads of stickers - both small gem ones and sparkly stars. LMC was in charge of the arrangement and seemed convinced that the Queen deserved as many stars as possible on her crown. So pleased was she with the result that when she went to nursery in it she only took it off for nap time and wore it the rest of the day with pride.
If only the cloak had been as popular...
Gold card, gem stickers and sparkly star stickers were all found at Baker Ross.