On Saturday we rode the train in to London. We rode the Tube to get to Westminster Abbey, then we walked around sight seeing. We didn’t “do” anything but walking and looking and shoping. We’ll be going into London a few more times and do everything then.
The best part of this trip was getting to see the Queen’s Birthday Parade which is the Trooping of the Colour ceremony. The Queen and the Royal Family stepped out onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the parade of the military and guards, soldiers and horses. Shortly after there was the Royal Air Force Flypast culminating with the Nine Red Arrows. In all it was definitely a spectacular show to behold.
On the train to London, June 16, 9:54am – Grace and Lydia
Me and Grace’s cousin Amy (Lydia took this picture)
Westminster Tower. We heard Big Ben chime for 11 o’clock.
Did you know there is a shop in London dedicated all to me?
I saw this duck on the banks of a river that flows opposite the Mall. (The Mall is the street that leads right to Buckingham Palace. Picture of it further on.)
A count down to the 2012 Olympics in Trafalgar Square.
The Trooping of the Colour ceremony was long but super fascinating. It was difficult to get good pictures as there were so many other people lifting their own cameras above their heads to blindly aim for a shot. Here are my best three:
And here is the Royal Family. Queen Elizabeth is the one in the yellow dress. Prince Charles is on her right, and Prince William is on her left. Kate is bending down a bit talking to a young girl.
After the ceremony, I stood half way down the Mall and took this picture of Buckingham Palace.
Shortly before we left London we stopped at a Pizza Hut and ate dinner. It was very different than any Pizza Hut I’ve been to in the States. I can’t tell you how good it felt to sit down and rest our aching feet.