PLATINUM JUBILEE FLOWER DISPLAY


The photos on this page were taken during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.  A special flower display was created for the occasion, and the church was open to visitors on 3rd, 4th and 5th June 2022  

   

The descriptions of the displays given below are taken from the special leaflet produced for the event and handed out to visitors.

Photos by Lesley Parsons, click to enlarge

 

The Peter & Paul window:   The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth      


The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth
The Queen attaches great importance to the Commonwealth and has visited many of the 54 independent countries over her 70 year reign.  It is a voluntary organisation of diverse states all working together to pursue common goals and values. With countries over five continents, it makes up a quarter of the world’s land mass and includes 32 of the world’s 42 small states.  

The charter adopted in 2012 committed members to values of democracy, gender equality, sustainable development and international peace and security.  In 2018 London hosted the Commonwealth Summit held in a different country every four years.  Since the modern Commonwealth was formed in 1949 there have been only two heads of the organisation, George VI and Elizabeth II.  

 
The flowers have been chosen to represent the diversity of the member countries and climates, and also included in the display are some of the artefacts and produce from Commonwealth countries.

The Font:   The Crown of State      

St Edward’s Crown was made in 1661.  It was placed on Queen Elizabeth’s head during her coronation service in 1952. It weighs 2.23 kg (4.9 lbs) and is made of 22 carat gold and set with 444 precious and semi-precious stones, making it a very heavy and tiring crown to wear.   

This crown is only used for the actual crowning of a monarch.  On leaving Westminster Abbey the Imperial State Crown is worn, the same crown that is also used on formal occasions such as the State Opening of Parliament.  Keeping up with tradition the Queen wore this when she left the Abbey following her coronation.  

Here we have tried to interpret the jewels in the Coronation Crown with flowers.  These include carnations, cornflowers, love-in-a-mist, petunias and chrysanthemums.  

The Crown of State

St Augustine & St Clare window:   The Queen as head of the Church of England   


The Queen as head of the Church of England
In her Christmas message in 2016 the Queen said that her personal faith was the anchor of her life.  She continued, 'Many people now follow Christ's teaching and find him the guiding light for their lives. I am one of them because Christ's example helps me to see the value of doing small things with great love, whoever does them and whatever they themselves believe.'  

The Queen's faith was endorsed at her Coronation.  The Anointing ceremony is the most sacred part of the ceremony and takes place concealed from public gaze beneath a canopy.  The Archbishop pours holy oil from the ampulla (an eagle shaped container made of gold dating from 1661) into the anointing spoon (dating from 1349) and anoints the sovereign. 
 

Anointing was one of the medieval holy sacraments and emphasised the spiritual status of the sovereign.  
 

The Church Porch:  H.M The Queen and her Armed Forces

The Queen is Head of the Armed Forces, and is also the wife, mother and grandmother of individuals who have served in the Forces.

The Queen's relationship with the Armed Forces began when, as Princess Elizabeth she joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) in 1945. During her time in the ATS, the Princess learnt to drive and to maintain vehicles.

Since then, the Queen has maintained a close relationship with the Armed Forces through regular visits to Service Establishments. She holds many military appointments and honorary ranks.  

The Queen is the colonel-in-chief of the Royal Artillery. "Wherever you are deployed in the world you should be assured that I and the whole nation are deeply thankful for the part you play in helping to maintain peace around the globe"


The Queen’s broadcast to the armed forces, 2009    
   
H.M. The Queen and her Armed Forces

Martyrs & Bishop Ridley window:   The Queens's love of her pet corgis

The Queen’s corgis are almost as recognisable as the Queen herself and have been her constant companions throughout her reign.  

We chose traditional red white and blue for our flower design and have knitted corgis in our display, along with everyday doggy items from a collar and lead to water bowl  The Queen’s love of corgis comes from childhood when she and her sister, Margaret, played with corgis owned by the Marquess of Bath. Then, in1933, her father King George VI brought home their very own corgi which they named Dookie.  The Queen has owned more than 30 corgis since becoming Queen in 1952.  

 
For her 18th birthday the Queen was given her own corgi which she named Susan and her future corgis were all descendants of Susan.  Some of their names are quite traditional, from Monty to Linnet and Willow. 

However, others are complete surprises: Vulcan, Spick and Span, Bisto and Oxo (seriously). Queen Elizabeth loves dogs so much that Daniel Craig’s James Bond even met three of her royal corgis in the London Olympics Opening ceremony video.  


The Queen's love of her pet corgis

She reportedly makes up Christmas stockings for her dogs filling them with treats and she takes her dogs with her when she travels if she can.  She allegedly hid her first corgi in the open carriage she took with Philip on her wedding day. Susan was buried at Sandringham and all her other pups have followed suit, a tradition started when Queen Victoria buried her beloved collie there.  

So there you have it, everything you wanted to know about the Queen’s corgis. Her  Majesty might just be more like us than we thought!  


St David & St Christopher window:   All the Queen's Horses

The Queen loves everything Equine.  She breeds Shetland Ponies at Balmoral in Scotland and Fell Ponies at Hampton Court.


All the Queen's Horses
Horse racing “The Sport of Kings” or in this case, “One Very Special Queen” is one of her favourite joys.  It is on the race course, the Turf, where she is most happy. 

The Queen does not gamble but her unguarded excitement of seeing a horse she has bred and named from her own Racing Stables at Sandringham, gallop at great speed and be first past the post, certainly excites and thrills the crowd if you are lucky enough to be there!   
The Queen is a very successful horse breeder and has won many of the major race trophies in the U.K. and also in France.  The one race that has so far eluded her, is, The Epsom Derby.  Sadly the 3 Horses she had entered for this year have been withdrawn.  Let’s hope better luck next year, which is, in fact, 70th Anniversary of her Coronation.   

 
The colours of the Flower arrangement for this Window are Scarlet, Purple & Gold to represent the Queen’s racing silk colours, which were the colours of her Father and Gt. Grandfather.  The world of Horse Racing has great respect and love for this amazing woman, Our Queen.
 

Moses & St Francis window:   The Queen's Green Canopy Initiative

The Queen’s Green Canopy is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. It invites people from across the United Kingdom to…   ““Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”  

Everyone from individuals to Scout and Guide groups, villages, cities, counties, schools and corporates will be encouraged to play their part to enhance our environment by planting trees for the Jubilee year.  

With a focus on planting sustainably, the Queen’s Green Canopy will create a legacy in honour of the Queen’s leadership of the Nation which will benefit future generations.  

As well as planting new trees, the Queen’s Green Canopy will dedicate a network of 70 Ancient Woodlands across the UK and identify 70 Ancient Trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.  

Her Majesty and the Prince of Wales planted the first tree in the grounds of Windsor Castle in March to mark the launch of the Queen’s Green Canopy so join the Royal Family and…   “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee!”  

The Queen's Green Canopy Initiative
 

Choir Pew Ends:   The Orb of State    

The Coronation Orb is part of the Coronation Regalia of Orb and Sceptre, created for the coronation of Charles II in 1661. It is formed of a hollow gold sphere measuring roughly 6.5 inches in diameter and weighing around 2.6 pounds.  It is mounted with clusters of emeralds, rubies and sapphires surrounded by rose cut diamonds and a row of pearls.   A cross on the top is set with rose cut diamonds and a single row of pearls.  In 1667 it was damaged in Colonel Blood’s attempt to steal the regalia.  

The Orb symbolises the Christian world with it’s cross mounted on a globe, and the bands of jewels dividing it up into three sections represent the three continents known in the medieval world. It represents the Sovereign’s Christian power over the earth.  During the Coronation ceremony the Archbishop of Canterbury places the Orb in the right hand of the monarch as they are invested with the symbols of sovereignty.  It is placed on the altar before the moment of crowning.  

The flowers chosen represent the colours of the gold and jewels in the Orb.


The Flower Team:  Helpers for the Platinum Jubilee Flower Festival    

Sylvia Addison, Clare Allen, Suzan Allan, Valerie Bailey, Barbara Campadelli, Elaine Carswell, John Davison, Barbara Dunn, Doreen Farrow, Sheila Goodyear, Elizabeth Harris-Orr, Julia Hoadley, Joanna Hughes, Fiona Milton, Sheila Munns, Rosemary Perrin, Alison Reynolds, Cathy Shea, Sheila Simmer, Diana Smith, Justin Stother, Lynn Taylor, Valerie Ward, Jenny Wilkins, Doreen Wilson, Carol Wright.

  Throughout the year (except for Lent) St Giles church is beautified with fresh flowers arranged by our volunteers.

There are four teams who each arrange flowers once a month with special care given to the important liturgical occasions such as Easter and Christmas. Members of the congregation can also give money to have flowers arranged for them in memory of loved ones, especially for the Book of Remembrance. 
   

We also enjoy doing special flowers for christenings and weddings, often matching colours to the bride’s choice.

For further information contact Lynn Taylor lynn.taylor47@ntlworld.com


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