There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we choose to celebrate.

Robert Brault

I’ve heard that my great-grandmother believed in celebrations. Life was hard; money was short. But they were no reasons one couldn’t look for joy in the everyday. Therefore, holidays, milestones and even small victories, were reason enough to celebrate in some small way. She passed on that philosophy to my Mom, who would make little occasions special – like green whipped cream in chocolate cupcakes for St. Pat’s Day…or an ice cream cone when I (barely) passed that fractions test after hours of studying and tears. Maybe that’s why I insisted on picking up donuts on National Donut Day because we needed to celebrate it!

We can create our own reasons to celebrate!

My great-grandmother was also a royalist, diligently clipping newspaper articles and pasting them in a scrapbook. Yesterday I thought I was celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation 68 years ago in Westminster Abbey. Somehow I got it in my head that it was June 20. It was June 2, 1958. Undeterred, I celebrated anyway with Lemon Pound Cake tea in my coronation commemorative tea cup.

Queen Elizabeth’s coronation was the first (and so far, the only) coronation to be televised, and over 27 million people watched it in the UK alone. It took place in Westminster Abbey, the site of all coronations since 1066. Thirty-eight sovereigns were coronated before Queen Elizabeth, with 5 of those sovereigns being crowned queen. Following the procession to the Abbey in the Gold state coach (1762) was drawn by 8 gray geldings, the actual service lasted 3 hours. It was followed by a public tour that lasted 2 hours, ending with the royal wave on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. For more details about the service, the dress and the crown, visit 50 Facts about the Queen’s Coronation.

This tea cup features roses, shamrocks and thistles, emblems of the UK and Commonwealth. These are also features in George VI’s diadem, which the Queen wore on her way to the coronation ceremony. The diadem contains 1,333 diamonds and 169 pearls. The red and gold crown at the top, front and back, and on the saucer, is St. Edward’s solid gold crown (1661). It weighs a  whopping 4 pounds and 12 ounces.

The saucer also has the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland used by the Government of Queen Elizabeth II since 1953.

So while my date was wrong, I decided to celebrate anyway, in regal style. I may not exactly have a regal life, but in my castle, I am still the queen.

Be calm…calm as a calm lagoon, then you will look beautiful as a beautiful calm lagoon crowned by the Moon and sheltered by the brilliance of the stars reclaiming your royalty of regal life…

Oksana Rus

Happy Monday!