So the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II has arrived and London is getting ready to celebrate! We have a double Bank Holiday on Monday and Tuesday, but I took an extra day's holiday on Friday (yesterday) to go up to London in advance of all the crowds to see some of the preparations.
It was a cloudy day, not cold in fact quite muggy. (I ought to get a copy of photoshop or some other programme so I could enhance the blue of the sky - these pictures would definitely be better for blue sky!!)
However..... I arrived at Victoria station in London at about 10 am which was looking very clean and patriotic, draped in Union Jack flags (didn't get my camera out there though) Hope you're ready for a LOT of photos....
I made first for Green Park on the tube and walked through the park to Buckingham Palace - seemed the appropriate place to start my "tour".
They were getting the stage and seating ready for the Jubilee concert (I didn't apply for tickets) on Monday.
(I have noticed recently on my - and other - blogs that some pictures load as coloured stripes - but the photos are there, if you click on them. very odd - no idea why - it is so annoying, so if these appear as stripes, do click!)
First, the Tower of London though...
So, my main purpose - the see the"Avenue of Sail" - moored boats not actually taking part in the Jubilee River Pageant on Sunday - all along the river between Tower Bridge and London Bridge, and in the moorings at St Katharine's Dock at the Tower..
anyhow, I loved all the masts, strung (that's probably not the right term!!) with flags and bunting.
Hope you're still all with me, thanks for looking!
I walked for 6 hours and was shattered by the time I got home - did nothing all evening!!