What a Jubilee weekend!


The Jubilee River Pageant on the ThamesDear all,

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!

The Jubilee crowds in Battersea ParkEven 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!

Dale x


  1. diane burgess June 7, 2012 at 1:19 am -  Reply

    Dale thank you so much for mentioning the queens jubilee, it was all amazing my favourite was the concert, all those old guys and only tom jones can still hold a tune who would have thought lol good luck in your new studios am sure you will all be as good if not better than ever xx

  2. Marian Bolton June 8, 2012 at 9:46 pm -  Reply

    And there was me thinking all that fuss was to commemorate the QVC move Daleo!
    Seriously, what a great weekend indeed. Although I have to confess to spending most of Tuesday watching all four of the Twilight movies again! Still, I did watch the distinguished guests and Her Majesty arriving for the church service first, and I also had a jubilee bun ………. so I wasn’t totally unpatriotic on that day! Anyhow, I figure the lovely lady would have wanted us to enjoy the extra bank holiday in whatever way we pleased ……. don’t you agree?
    I think my favourite part was the River Pageant but the concert was also great. Did you see Grace Jones?! Couldn’t miss her really could you now! How does she do it?! She must be well in her 60’s now. I reckon she uses Pro Collagen Marine Cream ALL OVER! I was a bit disappointed that Elton didn’t do ‘Lizzie in the sky with diamonds’ though!!
    Of course, I’m practically one of the royals myself Dale though I don’t like to mention it (though I think I might have let slip before, I know I’ve told Julia!!) Yes …… I have been to one of the Queen’s garden parties at the Palace, and also met Princess Anne and the Duke of Gloucester separately. So, what do you think about that eh?! I bet you’ll sort out that invitation to the new place now won’t you!!
    Her Majesty certainly knows how to throw a garden party, the cakes were to die for! Speaking of which, we spent most of Monday at my ‘perfect host” friend’s house. Flags and balloons everywhere, we had to dress in red, white and blue, and even the food had a jubilee theme. She made a gorgeous cake decorated with fresh cream and blueberries and raspberries. Chris and I turned up in our Queen and Prince Phillip masks which went down a storm.
    Has the new Q Towers got a name yet?
    Love and laughter xx
    Lots of love Gail xx
    And to your hubby xx My Ma’s doing ok.

  3. Marian Bolton June 8, 2012 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

    Silly me ……. of course that would have been Paul McCartney doing ‘Lizzie in the sky ……’! No wonder Elton didn’t do it, lol! x

  4. Dale Franklin June 10, 2012 at 10:29 am -  Reply

    Hi Diane, lovely to hear from you – i have to say you have a point! I thought Sir Tom was superb and Ed Sheeran and Jessie J sounded great also. Our new Studios are a lovely place to be, everything is brand new except the staff!! Dale x

  5. jenny stanford June 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm -  Reply

    i thought the whole jubilee weekend was really excellent and indeed something to be proud of, one of the best moments for me was the sight of the singers on top of the philarmonic boat singing away as if it was a lovely sunny day and in all that rain,i can only imagine how uncomfortable it must have been for everyone concerned, i also thought it was an amazing spectacle and i would have liked to be there to see it all. i did also think i was remarkable that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh managed to stand all that time the whole thing was just amazing.

  6. Dale Franklin June 12, 2012 at 6:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marian – sounds like you had a ball! I think you were on track first time – although I think it is a Beatles song – Elton made it a really well known song – or is it just a hit for my age group? We havent come up with a nickname for CP yet – have to work on it! Nice to hear from you Ma or should it be Ma’am! Dx
    Hi Jenny. I have to agree with you about the singers, “the show must go on” – I also agree about the Royal couple standing all that time, although in retrospect I’m sure Prince Phillip wishes he had sat for a while – good to see he seems to have made a recovery from his illness. Another highlight for me was seeing “Madness” on the roof of Buck House and the amazing graphics projected onto the front of the Palace – excellent. Dx

  7. Gail June 13, 2012 at 5:51 am -  Reply

    Hello Mr Franklin,
    I agree about the wonderful feeling of ‘togetherness’ and pride in being British which seemed to overwhelm us Jubilee weekend, although I am always very proud of our Country and the people who put the Great in Great Britain. I must admit to not enjoying the Water Pageant. I found it totally boring and I was quite concerned for the Queen and Philip. It was far too long and the fact that they stood for so long actually quite worried me. I’m very surprised that they both didn’t end up ill.
    The concert was okay; my favourite being the duet on the balcony. I just love that song and it was sung to perfection. Could have listened to that song all night. It’s not all doom and gloom though; I loved the Procession and the Guards. It’s what we do best and I love it. I also loved the ‘Fly Past’. That’s when I get that wonderful feeling of pride; especially when them marvellous old planes fly by; what a sight!
    One last comment. At the end of the Concert, Prince Charles spoke on behalf of the Queen. I so wished Liz would have spoke. It was such a perfect opportunity for her to speak to her people on such a personal level. A great opportunity was missed there. Overall, the real highlight for me was seeing all the past clips of Her Majesty when she was younger and crowned. I was reminded of how beautiful she was and how down to earth she appeared.
    Now I know she must be an ardent reader of your Blog Dale, so I leave her a message. Ma’m, you should have spoke to your people. A real missed opportunity. You have so, so much to smile about so please let’s see that wonderful, big smile more often xx
    Hi Ma, glad your Ma’s doing is okay. Lots of love.

  8. Marian Bolton June 13, 2012 at 8:55 pm -  Reply

    So you’re a Madness fan Dale’icious! Well, they’re playing at Donny racecourse on 30 July if you fancy joining me!!!!

  9. Dale Franklin June 14, 2012 at 1:27 am -  Reply

    Good to hear from you Gail – can you imagine her Royal Highness reading TBOTF ! Brilliant! I thought the programme of Charles going through the family cine film was fantastic – it really brought it home that as a family unit, they are not so different from us all in many ways – of course there are quite a few obvious and major differences but Im sure anyone who saw it would understand what I mean. hope you are keeping well Gail. Dale x

  10. Gail June 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Ma, how lovely to have attended a Royal Garden Party. You must tell us more. Hope your mum is okay xx

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