The group had arrived at the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace early Thursday to secure a prime location to view the Trooping the Color parade.
“It’s very festive,” Ms. Libuser said. “We are all very happy to support the queen.”
For Heidi Schmidt, of California, it’s the pageantry of the jubilee and the traditions around the royal family that are captivating. As a theologian, she said she was interested in ceremony and sacred rites, and the British monarchy — with its constitutional and symbolic functions — intrigues her.
“They are sort of a keeper of cultural identity in a way that as Americans, we don’t have sort of a central, unifying cultural institution,” Ms. Schmidt said, adding, “She’s everyone’s queen.”
No one does pageantry as well as the British, said Ms. Schmidt, who traveled to London with her husband on Tuesday, after a few days in Germany indulging his interest in Formula 1 racing. Her fellow Americans, she said, had a fondness for another British sensibility: “They also love that, as a country, they have a good sense of humor about themselves.”
Much like Ms. Watts, Ms. Schmidt expressed a deep fondness for Queen Elizabeth, whose life of duty and service she admires.
“This is certainly the last Platinum Jubilee that any of us will see in our lifetimes,” Ms. Schmidt said. “So it’s just important for me to be there to sing ‘God Save the Queen’ in person.”