As I was working on Sunday and our Battersea studios are 300 yards away from Chelsea Bridge, I was one of the hundreds of thousands that turned out to see the amazing River Pageant.
I was able to get a few pictures of the Bell Barge and the row barge Gloriana, and I managed to get a shot of QVC favourite John Barrowman, who was on the Bell barge and said later that he had tears in his eyes looking back at the incredible scene.
I can understand that – I felt myself welling up with pride at several times over the weekend – it really seems to have brought the whole country together and with the Olympics in town in July – I hope it continues long after and into the future.
I said on air during the Links of London Team GB show that we are good at laughing at ourselves and putting ourselves down (which can have its benefits at times) but we are not so good at shouting about what we are good at. I think this weekend, we saw the very best of being British – the history, the pomp and tradition and the incredible efforts made by both organisers and the public in putting on and participating in such good nature, a fabulous show of unity and joy. There were accents and languages from all over the world and I hope when they return to their countries that they will spread the word about Great Britain!
Even those of us who may have not previously shown an interest in Royal matters, were swept along in a whirlwind of national pride and celebrated 60 years of tireless public service by the lady, in whose honour we gathered, HM Queen Elizabeth II.
What was your favourite moment? The River Pageant, 'The Warhorse' on at the NT, the carriage procession, the amazing concert, the fly-past?
I'd love to hear from you and your Jubilee comments.
It was indeed a fitting last weekend to work at Marco Polo House, Battersea, as I write, I will sign off tonight (Wednesday) and say 'Hi' from our sparkling new facilities in Chiswick, west London tomorrow evening.
My kids were only a few months old when I first entered the marbled halls of Q Towers and now they are closer to 16! I don't know if that fact, rather than the colour of my hair change in all those years, has the biggest impact on me, but one thing for sure is I will miss the old building – I have a lot of many happy memories of it over the years.
As someone cleverer than me once said 'the only constant is change', and we now embark on a new exciting phase of Q life as we introduce you to our brand new Commerce and Media Centre on Thursday morning – I'll see you later that evening to launch Friday's TSV. Hope you can join us.
Love, light and Jubilation to all!