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King Charles III + Buckingham Palace London

All the King’s Horses

Where better to wave goodbye to the Second Elizabethan Era and welcome in the Third Carolean Age than outside Buckingham Place? Queen Elizabeth II Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory. God Save The King! Exquisitely uniformed bands from The Household Division, seven British Army Regiments serving the Monarch, liveried to the nines, play and march past. Each is a masterclass in music and choreography. Across The Mall in St James’s Palace, the terribly handsome Penny Mordaunt MP, Lord President of the Council, her mane swept back with a black Alice band, is opening the Proclamation proceedings. She lives up to her looks, speaking with polished authority. Bugles and trumpets sound. The King’s Royal Horse Artillery fire gun salutes at Hyde Park and the Tower of London, echoing across the crowd and down the River Thames.

A roar ripples through the crowd. The atmosphere is electric. Here he comes! A lorry carrying barriers turns the corner and comes into view, its driver waving regally. The crowd cheers and laughs. A young unfit looking guy breaks through the barrier and makes a run for it. An even more unfit looking policeman gives chase. The crowd cheers again before the guy is eventually toppled to the ground by five police officers further up The Mall.

The waiting continues. There’s a flurry of activity amongst the many security personnel. They’re all on their mobiles. Then at last the horse led convoy appears. The State Rolls Royce Phantom VI slowly drives past, enough to catch a glimpse of King Charles’ wispy grey hair. Hip hip hooray! And so His Majesty Charles III, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of His other Realms and Territories, King, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, Supreme Head of the Church of England, Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces, starts the first day in his new job, aged 73, meeting Prime Minister Liz Truss and members of her new Cabinet in Buckingham Palace. What a short commute! What’s his job role? To weave a line through the tapestry of time. No pressure, then. Soon, it will be time to dust down the ermine. Where does pomp and pageantry better than Britain?

22 replies on “King Charles III + Buckingham Palace London”

Thanks Howard the unfit policeman chasing the unfit getaway guy provided much needed entertainment in between the waiting. It did occur to us King Charles didnt have to travel very far with Clarence House, St James’s Palace and Buckingham Palace all being so close to each other.

Afternoon Allison. No he didn’t although we have met him twice before: we welcomed him to Christ Church Cathedral Crypt and also at The Order of the Garter Ceremony at Windsor Chapel (the late Queen, Camilla etc also attended). LVB X

Good evening Stuart,
I’m truly sad and sorry about death of Queen Elizabeth.. Amazing, powerful woman with great sense of humour.. Though and tender… Gentle and strong in the same time.. An icon.. It’s always some sort of personal grief when such a person leaving this world.. Can’t stop to think about her..
Waterford is extremely rainy and windy today… So its a bit blue Sunday…
Kindest regards,
Ewelina

Good evening Ewelina

Thank you for your comment and isn’t just such a sad time for all of us. The late Queen was amazing in every way and a true beacon of Christian faith. An example for us all. I hope the blues have faded and there is plenty to look forward to in Waterford. Bestest Stuart, LVB X

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