Technically, I'm a republican (in the sense of "wanting to do away with the monarchy," not in the sense of supporting the right-wing American political party), but for all that, I don't really have anything personal against the Queen or against any other member of the royal family...it's just that I don't really feel that the Jubilee celebrations have anything particularly to do with me. It's not like it's a birthday party of a really close friend or a family member or loved one, it's just celebrating the anniversary of the ascent to the throne of someone I don't know personally, and who doesn't know me personally, and who doesn't have anything to do with my day to day life, for whom I didn't get a vote or any other say as to whether she should be in the position of power which she holds, and...yeah, I just don't understand the levels of sheer unbridled enthusiasm out there.
(I felt a bit like that at the death of Diana - yes, it was sad news, but the sheer level of public grief was something I couldn't relate to.)
And the thought has occurred to me that realistically, if Elizabeth makes it to 65 years on the throne (and I suspect that, given her mother's longevity, she's got a good few years left in her yet), the celebrations then - by which time she'll have become this country's longest serving monarch - will be utterly unbearable. Fortunately, I'm not alone in my unease about this weekend's celebrations, so I suspect that Sarah and I will be off to somewhere nice and quiet and peaceful where such celebrations will be but a distant speck on a TV screen...
Anyway, end of vague rambly rant. Normal service will be resumed. Expect to see my head on a spike at Traitor's Gate sometime soon, though. :-)