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Monday, 16 June 2014

Paparazzi


Who was arousing this much interest I hear you ask.  Why the Queen of course.  The paparazzi fixed on the palace for that shot when the Royals stand on the balcony and watch the red arrows fly over.

For overseas readers who may not understand what this all means, last Saturday was the day the nation celebrated the Queen's birthday.  It is not her real birthday, as that is in April, and we throw a party for her then as well.  However, as the weather isn't great at that time of the year we throw yet another party, a much bigger one, in June when in theory it should be summer.  It rained this year and last year as I recall, but I digress.

On her official birthday there is a procession "Trooping the Colours". The Foot Guards and the Household Calvary put on their finery and wear their colours (so the ranks can recognise their battalion), then they march from Buckingham Palace to the Horse Guards, (about a mile down the road). The Queen follows them in a golden carriage.  Once there she inspects them all and they salute her.  Then everyone returns to the palace for a cup of tea while a twenty one gun salute is fired from canons.  This is followed by a "flyover" by old fashioned planes. The highlight is the Red Arrows that create a trail of red, white, and blue smoke as they fly down the Mall before passing over the palace.


12 comments:

Mandy Southgate said...

Super! I can't believe I've lived in London almost 7 years now and I barely knew any of this.

Weekend-Windup said...

Nice to know about it!

Karl Demetz said...

Paparazzi shooting! Wow, what a picture!

Andy said...

I am overwhelmed at the sight of all that camera equipment.

John said...

One thing we do well in England - pomp and ceremony.

For 'old fashioned planes' read Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane from the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - stirring stuff (unlike our football team).

Luis Gomez said...

So Royal!

Sharon Anck said...

Holy smokes, those are some impressive lenses. Sounds like a good day to take up position on the mall.

Judy said...

Those are some serious lenses!

Stefan Jansson said...

Fun snap of all that camera gear.

Mike Biles said...

This looks like my kind of blog. Following you as A Bit About Britain.

William Kendall said...

They certainly do take the job seriously.

Jack said...

You certainly were in the right place for this shot.

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