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A nation renewed
THE sun may not have shone as the occasion demanded but the Diamond Jubilee was, in all other respects, a morale-boosting success.
Whether you were an active participant or a couch potato watching it all unfold on television, it proved to be a compelling, feel-good weekend. Only the most die-hard of republicans can have failed to get caught up in the spirit of the celebration.
Not everything went to plan, these occasions never do. And that is part of what makes them special.
Yes, the poor weather might have been predicted, but the infection which robbed the Queen of her husband at a time she would have most valued his presence at her side made the latter events all the more poignant.
All the activities of last weekend, from the pomp and pageantry in London to the humblest street party in the farthest flung parts of the UK and Commonwealth, help to define who we are – how we got here and also where we are going to.
Weekends like the one we have just experienced – in the absence of a national day like July 4 in the US or July 14 in France – are an essential act of national renewal. They don’t come round very often so we have to make the best of them. And that’s exactly what happened over four days of patriotic and affirming celebration.