Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Days in London

 We have had a very busy and full 3 days in London.
Remembrance Day is celebrated on both Sunday,10th and Monday, 11 November.
We only had to wait for 5 minutes outside Buckingham Palace and the stream of Royal Cars came past us on their way to the Cenotaph.
 Was so busy taking the photo of the Queen and Prince Phillip that I didn't have time to get, William, Kate and Harry on the car behind.
 2 minutes silence, 11th November at 11am. on Big Ben.
The canon fired at the start and at the end of the silence.
The street we were in stood silent and still. Not one person moved.
 After we walked towards Oxford Street, Fortnum and Mason.
 Then caught the tube to Abbey Road.
Did the tourist thing of striding across the zebra crossing.
it must drive the cars crazy, so many tourists standing in the middle of the crossing.
 Walked down the street and around the corner to Lords.
The JP Morgan Media Centre, where we sat in and looked over the ground.
Also visited the dressing rooms.
Enjoyed the tour, was very interesting, we were in a group of 30 Indian cricket fans.
Majority of the tour referred to England and Australia.
 The owners of the apartments are not impressed as their million dollar view of the ground has been obstructed by the white tents at the top of the stand.
27 year waiting list to become a member of the MCC as the members are living longer in age.
I went to the Royal Gown Exhibition at Kensington Palace.
Just a couple of the Queens Gowns.
Stunning bead work.
 2 of Princess Margaret's dresses.
 Queen Victoria's Wedding Dress, beautiful lacework.
She was only 4 foot 10 inches tall, a powerful lady with a short stature.
 The view from the Palace of the Round Pond in Kensington Gardens.
Bought back memories, 40 years ago I walked around the pond for several mornings
when I was last there.
 Queen Victoria with Kensington Palace in the background.
12 members of the Royal Family still live there.
Kate and William are having a 50 room apartment renovated at the moment.
Harry also lives there. Told that the Queen does not like living in Buckingham Palace,
one day it will be turned into a museum
 Autumn in Kensington Gardens. Would make great compost!!
 Called into the Royal Mews Museum, a working museum for the Queens horses.
This is the Australian Carriage, around the top are gold leaf Australian wild flowers.
 The Queens Gold Coronation Carriage.
I was surprised, it is made of wood and painted with gold leaf.
 Areal view of Buckingham Palace and surrounding areas.
On the side of the gardens, in the middle at the bottom of the photo,
is the square building with a centre court and tree,
this is the Royal Mews.
Our hotel is across the road on the corner, Buckingham Palace Road.
 While I was at the gowns, John went to the Cavalry Museum.
 Before we checked out, a visit to the V and A Museum.
Saw a wonderful exhibition on Chines Textiles and below,
an exhibition of Islamic tiles, pottery, carpets and silk fabrics.


2 comments:

  1. You certainly didn't waste any time! I remember the 'gold' carriage. I had a plastic replica as a child....don't know what happened to it. Would love to see the gowns.

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  2. Welcome home and many thanks for sharing. Wonderful photos, Jen.

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