|The flotilla of boats by Tower Bridge. |
Photo by Facunda Arrizabalaga - EPA
We live in a very peaceful little patch of English countryside and seldom venture out of it. It was madness of course, but we are glad that we went to London to see the Queen. It is not often that you have the opportunity to witness a Diamond Jubilee.
It was quite a pilgrimage. We drove halfway, to a station, to catch the train to Paddington and then a tube to Sloane Square. It was like stepping into the Tardis - so many memories came flooding back. We headed for the Embankment just by Chelsea Bridge.
Once upon a time, before I resided in this green and pleasant land I only visited and when I did, I stayed just off the King's Road. Years later we were married at Chelsea Registry Office. Being there made me feel nostalgic for those days. It was a magical time and place in the 60s and 70s It's still magical, and despite the weather (more on that later) it was wonderful to have a walk around my old haunts. Although I no longer want to live with the pace of life in London, there are some enchanting places there that will always be special to me. I fairly skipped up the King's Road towards the river.
The shops in the King's Road were well decorated.
|Cath Kidston's window|
|Ted Baker's window|
|Patriotic rain macs|
|The perfect pub to come across on the way. |
|These ladies were fabulously attired, wonderful to see people make an effort.|
Everyone cheered and shouted as the Queen passed in the royal barge. It was a fantastic atmosphere that gave me, a history fanatic, a small glimpse into what it might have been like in the days of Charles II, or Henry VIII when the river played such a huge part in both daily life and good and bad occasions.
|The royal barge by the Houses of Parliament|
photo by Matt Candy, Getty
The weather forced cancellation of the flypast finale along The Thames and once the Queen had passed us the rain came down in buckets. We dashed back to the King's Road to a few favourite haunts for cover, shopping and coffee, and then we had a long journey home.
This young boy watching the pagentry with wonder is the image I will most remember.