Lillibet York wasn’t supposed to be Queen. She was “heiress presumptive” at birth, but it was expected that her Uncle David would eventually settle down, marry someone appropriate, and produce the heir apparent.
Uncle David fell in love with someone terribly inappropriate and ran off with her. Lillibet’s father became King. He rallied his nation during the darkest hours of the War, which took a toll on his health; in 1952, he sent 25-year-old Lillibet to take his place on an official tour of Australia and New Zealand. She stopped at Kenya’s Treetops Hotel on the way. On 5 February 1952, she went up to her treehouse a Princess. On 6 February 1952, she came down a Queen.
Sixty years on, Lillibet is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee, and Butter London is celebrating with “Lillibet’s Jubilee.” The polish is a silver and almost reflective with subtle lavender undertones that do not show in the photos.
The color on my nails matches the color in the bottle. As usual, it was easy to apply and covered well. I applied two coats, but I could have got away with only one. I sealed it with one coat of Butter London’s Hardware P.D. Quick Topcoat, and like its namesake, “Lillibet’s Jubilee” proved to be durable and long lasting. The photos were taken on Day 4, and as of Day 8 there was still minimal chipping.
My nail growth caught up with me on Day 9, but before I removed “Lillibet’s Jubilee,” I painted a few coats of “No More Waity, Katie” over it. Unfortunately, “Katie’s” glitter is suspended in a thin matte shade that took away “Lillibet’s” reflective qualities. I will stick to wearing them separately.