Monday, 6 February 2012

Diamond Jubilee

Church Window Rawdon
Picture of Golden Jubilee stained glass window at the church of St Peter in Rawdon, Leeds.

Today 6th February it is 60 years since the death of George VI and on that day it was The King is dead long live The Queen.

I have never met The Queen, though I have sworn allegiance to her and was proud to do so when I was a young man on joining the military. I find it incredible that all these years later in a very changed world there has been one constant as an example of duty and service.

By some very odd chance today I visited the church of St Peter in Rawdon, not for the first time but I looked around the interior. I say odd because there is a very modern stained glass window in honour of the Golden Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II back in 2002.

The sunlight was almost behind the window when I took the above photo, this is not ideal I think, hence the wire mesh behind the window. I have cropped the image to show the main detail the motto of the Order of the Garter "Honi soit qui mal y pense" this being a French phrase meaning: "Shamed be he who thinks evil of it" surrounding the shield of the royal coat of arms. Under this in a scroll is Dieu et mon droit, this being the motto of the British Monarch.

The other window of the pair reads: AD 2002 The Golden Jubilee year of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


  1. A nice photo but I am afraid I am an avowed republican (in the British usage not the USA usage I hasten to add...). Each to their own ;-)

    Chrissy at Manchester a photo a day at Mancunian Wave

  2. What beautiful stained glass! I especially like the one on the left with the crown, garter, and heraldry. The colors and detail make it a true work of art! - And you have a great memory about the Waterhouse! I hope that I will have many opportunities to take romantic and hopefully, artistic photos of people on the beach this year! Have a wonderful day!


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