That doesn't make it right though.
I just think that such an elaborate and expensive celebration is wrong when the country is struggling for money and services and benefits for lots of people are being cut.
I see it a lot at my work (in volunteering); funding cuts everywhere and lots of needy people being left by the wayside.
Do you not see it's not really FOR the Queen at all... Do you really think an 86 year old lady wanted to spend an 90 minutes in the cold and damp watching a lot of boats? It put prince Philip in hospital...
And do you think she really cares for a concert in her front yard? I'm pretty sure she'd have rather spent time with her family and dogs.
It is another example of her doing her duty, being a positive figurehead and focal point for the country/commonwealth to rally around when things are tough.
I think that the actual expense would probably be minimal considering the general increase in moral I've seen over the last few days
London in particular needed something coz we're all worried about the Olympics screwing up our commutes!!
And as I mentioned it's nice to have a reason to celebrate anything at the moment and why shouldn't we be proud to be British?
PS Satannica, thank you for making a very clear and concise point.