Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Jubilee Weekend Day 3 - There'll Always be an England.

Day three of my Jubilee weekend was spent in the ticketed seats outside Buckingham Palace - wooo! I entered the ballot a while ago, not expecting to get any, and I got some! I got two, so my mum and I went. The tickets were all fancy, and made us feel special...

We got up to central super early (we drove of course), and queued up with the rest of London (the queue stretched from constitution hill all the way 'round past the Ritz!), but it was so worth it! The seats were amazing, we had the perfect view of the balcony and the road where the carriages would be going. We saw the cars leave Buckingham Palace for St Pauls, and then we had a long wait for them to return, and we weren't allowed to leave the area, but thankfully they had a food village there (which my mother and I got a bit too excited about), so we got a bacon roll each and some chips to keep ourselves occupied. They also had lots of bands going 'round, which kept us thoroughly entertained! We the saw the carriages, the balcony and the fly-past. It was an incredible day, the atmosphere was out of this world, and I felt very proud to be British! I got very emotional when the Royal family came onto the balcony and the entire crowd were cheering, waving their flags and singing. A day I will never forget.

Enjoy the photos..

The concert stage around the Queen Victoria memorial, in front of Buckingham Palace

Prince Charles and Camilla leaving Buckingham Palace

The Queen leaving Buckingham Palace

The food village in Green Park

 The police joining in with the celebrating!

 The Carriages arrive at Buckingham Palace...

 The Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla

 Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry

 Richard Bacon and Griff Rhys Jones!

 Griff Rhys Jones!

 The police getting ready to let the crowds from The Mall into the area around the Palace...

 The sight on the huge was actually quite scary seeing that amount of people on the screen and knowing they're coming straight for you!
 The crowds start to enter...

 Police controlling the crowds as they enter...

 Me in the rain with my flag. I had like five layers on...hence the gained 20 pounds look!

 We were all doing a Mexican Wave and then cheering when it was done successfully - then we noticed that curtains being pulled back and The Royals staring out of the windows watching us! We cheered every time the curtains were pulled back - it was a lot of fun, and all very exciting!

 The balcony doors are opened...

 And there is The Queen! God Save the Queen!

 The Royal Family - Camilla, Prince Charles, The Queen, Prince William, Kate, and Harry.

 That famous wave...

 The incredible sea of red, white and blue! Proud to be British.

 Oh look, a plane!

 The first wave of planes
 The second wave of planes... (it was a bit rainy)

 The Red Arrows

The most beautiful sight - The Red Arrows flying over Buckingham Palace and thousands of Britons waving their flags.

Seeing as this post is titled 'There'll Always be an England', here are the song lyrics for you.

"There'll always be an England, 
And England shall be free
If England means as much to you
As England means to me.
There'll always be an England
While there's a country lane,
Wherever there's a cottage small
Beside a field of grain.
There'll always be an England
While there's a busy street,
Wherever there's a turning wheel,
A million marching feet.
Red, white and blue; what does it mean to you?
Surely you're proud, shout it aloud,
"Britons, awake!"
The empire too, we can depend on you.
Freedom remains. These are the chains
Nothing can break."

So that concludes my Jubilee Weekend trio of posts! What did you all get up to?


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