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I know that this is a couple of weeks late (actually nearly three weeks late)… it’s mainly due to the fact that I needed to use some of OH’s pic’s which were on his company camera. He down loaded them for me last night.
Anyway on Sunday 3 June 2012 I’d booked a coach trip to take us to London to watch the Royal Flotilla on the River Thames.
It was a long day – we left home just after 7am and arrived back just after 7pm. The traffic was absolutely fine – however, the weather wasn’t…

We chose to sit near Lambeth Bridge along the Prince Albert Gardens which is almost opposite the Houses of Parliment

The crowds were gathering early. Check out Mr Union Jack! I saw him on the TV walking along The Mall 2 days later on Tuesday. He was wearing exactly the same outfit. Let’s face it he couldn’t be missed…

Then along came the Pearly Queen’s… Everyone wanted their photograph’s taken with them – Not sure about Mr U.J. though!

There was also a photo shoot for a Bassett Hound wearing a Union Jack bandana around his neck, along with Mr U.J. and a Policeman… I did feel very sorry for the dog.

Things start to happen now – We’ve only been here 5 hours 30 minutes…!!! Here’s The Royal Jubilee Bells

Next is The Gloriana – A stunning new hand built Barge costing One Million Pounds, and 94ft long. It was rowed by 18 oarsmen including Olympians Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent

My view was blocked a little by Mr Canon so when the Royal Barge of Chartwell came along I resulted to using my bino’s for the best views, (Yes I did see the Queen, she turned around to wave to me!) but OH continued taking pic’s. He didn’t do too badly considering the conditions…

The weather became drier… and here comes Her Majesty on board the Royal Barge Spirit of Chartwell

Now she’s gone… !!!

Then it poured hard… And you know the rest!

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brilliant Tracey - shame about the weather but still great memories of the day :)))))))))))))))))))))

21 Jun, 2012


Yes, you are right we had some good laughs and met some very friendly people too. It's just a shame we weren't closer to take pictures. Earlier in the day Big Ben was in mist!!! lol

21 Jun, 2012


such a shame - but great photos :))

21 Jun, 2012


Thanks Paul!!

21 Jun, 2012


What a wonderful atmosphere you have recreated for us, I watched it on tv (who,s coverage could have been better) but your experiences are something to always remember

22 Jun, 2012


Thanks Pam - We did tape it, but I just haven't had the time to watch! Maybe one afternoon when it's cold, dark and raining :D That could end up being anytime soon!!!

22 Jun, 2012


What a day! such a shame the weather wasnt as good as we had all hoped for, but it looks like the great british spirit won through. Thanks for sharing your day with us on Goy. I'm sure you will remember it for years to come and being able to say 'I was there'! Its unlikely there will be another british monarch who reigns this long.

22 Jun, 2012


Hi Poppy, yes that was the reason why we decided to go - That and the fact that we wanted to see 1,000 boats of all types on the Thames. Despite the rain that was absolutely magnificent to watch!

23 Jun, 2012

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