Congratulations to Her Majesty the Queen!
I’ve seen the Queen a few times, but by far the strangest occasion was coming face to face with her as I was jetting off to Madrid on holiday. She’d turned up to open the new and recently re-named John Lennon International Airport here in Liverpool, and was only a couple of feet away from me. Impressions of the Queen? She’s quite small, with very bright blue eyes and an amazing complexion. To add to the surreal nature of the experience, there was Yoko Ono, also there for the opening, and also quite small! Here, then, are a few shots taken in London last year the day after the Royal Wedding. First, Buckingham Place in the sunshine.
This next one is of an artist working in pastels capturing a view of The Mall leading down to the Palace.
And here’s some details from the ornate gates outside Buckingham Palace gleaming in the sun.
Finally, here’s a shot of Westminster Abbey where the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton had taken place the previous day.
Not sure whether it was the advent of the Royal Wedding or not, but London was looking amazing during those few days. Have seen a few other royals over the years, notably Princess Margaret and Princess Anne. The latter was hugely impressive and highly professional chairing a conference I was attending. Again, all much smaller than you’d imagine. Which could not be said for my favourite royal – Princess Diana. Tall and elegant and deeply committed to the causes she championed. Sadly missed.
This, however, is a remarkable day and no mean feat in anyone’s books – 60 years since acceding to the throne . Congratalations, your Maj!