Unless you’ve been living under a rock for most of 2012, you’ll know that the Queen’s Jubilee took place at the start of this month – we were even given an extended bank holiday in which to celebrate it. The Jubilee marked Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year as monarch on 4th and 5th June and was certainly a big event for the royal family, but just what did it mean for the rest of the UK?
Well, to be blunt, the Queen’s Jubilee was a fantastic way to bring tourism to the UK. You’d be surprised by just how many other countries are in love with your own little island and especially our royal family. I’m not really sure why, but I think it might have something to do with the fact that kings and queens seem quite fairy tale-ish, so other countries see us as straight out of the storybooks.
The Queen’s Jubilee brought scores of tourists to the UK from all over the world and all for one reason – to catch a glimpse of the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince Harry, and Prince William and Kate. There were events up and down the country that were designed to get people involved, but the spotlight is still going to be on Britain even now the Jubilee excitement has calmed down.
There are loads of big events taking place in the UK this year, least of all the Olympics, and it isn’t just the hospitality industry that will be, and is, hogging all the attention. After everything’s died down there’s sure to be a wave of interest in the UK and people everywhere will suddenly be clamouring to learn more about our country.
Which means that there’s bound to be a surge in book sales of great British literature and, luckily, we’ve got more than a few books up our sleeve to tackle this. We’ve got literature giants like William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas Hardy, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Agatha Christie, J. R. R. Tolkien – the list is simply endless! If it’s children’s books people are after they can pick up copies from C. S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll, Beatrix Potter, Roald Dahl, Philip Pullman, J. K. Rowling – this is another endless list!
This renewed interest in British authors will bring new life into the industry and will give help and assistance to writers that are still breaking out, so they can get their uncovered literary gems out into the world. So, if you’re a fan of British literature and you want to see it succeed, take part in the Queen’s Jubilee event to make it as big a success as possible!
How do you think the Queen’s Jubilee has helped our amazing literature?
Francis Lawson is a freelance writer who specialises in books and is always on the look out to buy great fiction online and recommend his reads to fellow literature enthusiasts.