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Day 25 - Royalty and Democracy

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A tiring day, but ultimately a good day.

Today there was the “Colonel’s Review” which is in reality a dress rehearsal for the trooping of the colours, which occurs next Saturday. It did not have all the fancy carriages, but enough men on horseback in uniform to get a few different demographics excited. It is hard not to get impressed and carried away with all the pomp and ceremony. Then add in the band music and it you are really caught up into it and I have 140 photos to prove it. We took up our position at 9:45 and the parade started at 10:00. Thought we got duded as most of the parade occurred on the other side of the square. However the parade went down The Mall, did a show at the Horse Guard Parade Ground and returned to Buck Palace. So it was a long wait, but by 12:00 they came back and went right pass us and we had an up close and personal review. By 12:30 it was all over, but tired from standing up and being crushed at the same time.

Afterwards we walked through St James Park, which was a very nice oasis in large city and made our way towards Westminster.

We wandered around many of the old city area, seeing many of the famous buildings.

At 16:00 we had a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament. So we got to see both houses and many of the other major rooms in the Houses. As a staunch democrat it was awe inspiring tour to be at the heart of where many of our democratic principals were established and fought for (and slowly being eroded).

Well I thought that was me for the night, I could go back to the local pub and watch the European Championship League Final on TV and have a few ales at the same time.

Well Lee-ann had other ideas and she wanted to go to see a show. So off to Piccadilly Circus we trotted and it was here that I started to melt down. I had been on my feet for some 8 hrs, little food and I was a tired, hungry and cranny little puppy. We went to one of the knock off ticket joints and pick up tickets for Beautiful - The Carol King Story. (http://beautifulmusical.co.uk/?gclid=CI32zNiD_cUCFdLLtAodNkIAPw) From there we walked even more passed Coventry Gardens, Leister Square until we reached our theatre. The tickets were duds, but because it wasn’t sold out, once the lights went down we relocated and it was much better. Well the show was fabulous and she and her husband wrote many famous songs that were performed by other bands (which was the way back then), until she finally produced her famous album Tapestry. So Bubsy, get out the album, crank it up and listen to it once more.

All in all a good day, but very tiring with all the standing, walking and moving between tube stops and interchanges with the constant throngs of people.

Posted by Neileeann 17:00 Archived in England

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