Re-blogged From csmonitor.com
Queen Elizabeth graces the front page of Google
today in the UK in a doodle marking her diamond jubilee, offering the
rest of the world but a glimpse of the playful pop art and consumer
kitsch on display here in Britain.
Scots guardsmen cupcake toppers, union jacks on toothpicks, ice queen
scoops. Bunting: enough to string together the old empire. Royal photos
on thimbles, spoons, tea cups, shot glasses, egg cups, tea towels – the
usual tat, as the Brits say. Jubilee thongs? Yes.
Then there’s the cleverness contest surrounding the royal saying, “Keep
Calm and Carry On.” Written on a women's compact: “Keep Calm and Powder
Comparatively, Google’s doodle is an understated affair. The
letter O’s are diamonds, symbolic of the 60th (diamond) anniversary on
the throne. The E sits as a jewel in the queen’s crown. The queen
appears in two-dimensional contour; her beloved corgis, however, look
ready to leap off the page.
The playful riffs on royal themes reflect the generally favorable mood toward the royals of late.
Princess Diana frustrated many.
the public mood is not really one of royal reverence. Britons are in
party mode at the start of a long weekend – Monday and Tuesday being
holidays as part of the four-day official jubilee celebration. Many
Londoners took the chance to flee on summer vacations, as foreign and
British tourists crowd into the city for events that include Sunday’s
royal family flotilla on the Thames and Tuesday’s carriage procession.
Among the street art for the crowds will be the construction Sunday
of a 94-sq.-ft. portrait of Queen Elizabeth made from 3,120 squares of
cake – one for each week of her reign.
German-born baker Gerhard
Jenne came up with the idea. Mr. Jenne dipped each piece of lemon cake
into one of 24 frosting colors, turning each into a pixel of this icing
Jenne’s a fan of the queen, but not so much so that he feels the need to become her subject even 30 years after moving to London. He doesn’t expect to meet her on Sunday, when he publicly arranges the cake squares into the portrait.
very interesting how the queen has changed. Even from 30 years ago,
[the royals] are much closer to the people now,” he says. “You almost
feel like she might come see you…. There could just be a 1 in 40 million
After spending hundreds of hours on the cake, he expects
it to be gobbled up within 20 minutes when it’s opened up to the
Some customers in his Konditor & Cook bakeries have asked him if it’s proper for an image of Her Highness to be eaten.
“I just said yes, it’s fine by me. At the end of the day, it’s a cake, it’s a bit of fun. And she seems like a humorous person.”
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