Day 58-Part II
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Today was indeed a Royal Day. It begin in morning shortly after 9 a.m. Mary and I boarded the double decker bus and headed for Buckingham Place to see the Changing of the Guard. We arrive in the nick of time. Although the “official” ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m., things started to happen at 11 a.m. We arrive early enough to have a spot in front of the iron gate that surrounds the palace. By 11 a.m. the crowd was so large you could not move. No one does pageantry better than the British.
The ceremonial Changing of the Guard begins with the Royal Horseguards parading through the streets and on to the palace grounds. Then the Royal Guard marches out and performs a series of military excerises. There is a second parade of the Royal Band. Followed by a another division of the Royal Guard and more military on horseback. The Royal Band played two songs for the crowd. The first was Aaron Copland’s Rodeo and the second piece was the music from..are you ready..the movie, Frozen. I couldn’t believe and the crowd loved it!
I enjoyed every moment of the this time honored tradition. However, Mary and I were a little disappointed that Her majesty, the Queen did not invite us in for afternoon tea. (LOL) However, after lunch we notiuced MANY women lined up to go into the palace. These women are part of the WI (Women’s Institute) . They were all in lovely dresses and beautiful hats. How I wish Frances and Emma coukld have seen this sea of woman in their hats.
From Buckingham Palace we went to Westminster Abbey. We did not realize it at the time, but today is the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation which occurred on June 2, 1953. She was crowned in the Westiminster Abbey. This is also the place where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married.
There is so much rich hsitory within these hallowed walls. In additon to Kings and Queens, so many famous people are buried in the Abbey. Isaac Newton, Lawrence Olivier, George F. Handel, Wordsworth and Longfellow, just to name a few. We also saw the Coronation Chair which is used when a King or Queen is crowned monarch.
Mary and I attended a prayer service in the chapel of St. George. We also attended the Evensong Service. We sat in the choir loft next to the choir of men and boys which is world reknown for their music. We enjoyed listening to the magnificent pipe organ. We experienced so much, I almost could not take it all in. It was truly a Royal Day!
I count it all joy,