I was away for much of the past few days and only saw a few clips from the concert earlier in the week. A few points:
1) HRH The Prince of Wales' remark about the Jubilee celebrations making him very "proud to be British." While this may be true on many levels, it is extremely unhelpful insofar as recognising the other realms. It may also enrage republicans into believing that what monarchists are saying about "the Crown in Canada" is a lie. Other members of the royal family also (understandably)have this habit. It's time for them to say something else.
2) The CBC's inevitable focus on British patriotism at the expense of an equally-celebratory mood in Canada. Although I took in a relatively limited amount of coverage, I thought the CBC was more interested in celebrating the "Union Jack" than they were the Queen.
3) The often-repeated sentiment that "nobody does pageantry better than the British." Again, while this may be true, it seems to deliberately neglect the fact that we do indeed have the potential and resources to do good pageantry in Canada.