Hats, Royalty, Crowns
This morning I watched the festivities and pomp that accompany England’s Royal Family. England has been marking the milestone of Elizabeth II’s Diamond Celebration marking 60 years on the Throne as Queen. The Monarchy seems to thrive amid all of the unrest in Europe.
Now, one might ask me, “Are you British?” Not one bit of British blood flows in my veins. I watch because I want a good chuckle. Not to offend any Brit readers, but what is it with the Brits and the hats? Last year when Kate Middleton married into the Royal family, I watched more to see the hats than anything else! It almost appears to be a contest for the camera men to see who can spot the oddest of the headgear in the crowd.
Curiosity filled my mind this morning as I awaited the Queen’s Buckingham Palace Balcony appearance. Would she wear the Queen’s crown, or would she wear a hat? Wouldn’t today be a grand day to take the crown out of the vault and display her Queenliness? I suspected so. But, no. She wore a hat. A very stylish, but modest hat. Prince William’s Kate sported a cute, perky little hat that fit her personality well, and then, Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla, well, she was a different story! Her hat was a large, lopsided, dull looking thing. It swallowed her. Most of us who have followed the Royal family for any length of time will always compare Camilla to Lady Di, and well, Camilla always comes up short.
Since I have been thinking about hats and crowns today, it occurred to me that little ole me—yes, I am royalty! I am a child of the King, a Joint Heir with Christ. “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, “Abba! Father! The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God; and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ . . .” (Romans 8:15-17. No silly, dumpy, or even stylish hats for me. A crown, a crown to give to Jesus. Those rewards, spoken of in I Corinthians 3 will far surpass the glitter of today’s festivities in England.