June 11th, 2016.
Note : technically 'trooping the colour' refers to a larger event that involves The Queen inspecting her troops. You need to apply for a lottery to have a chance of viewing that inspection. However, just like many events, you can line the route and watch it all go past to and from Buckingham Palace...
Up until today, I'd successfully managed to convince myself that Trooping the Colour was the kind of thing I didn't need to photograph. Which is weird, since I can be convinced to photograph pretty much anything, including many things considerably smaller. This is an event that involves police, army, guards, (probably) snipers, horses, lancaster bombers, and even a little old lady wearing neon green.
Here's how it went down:
Two days later, and I want nothing more than to recrop the above image to the one below. So I have:
So... that was Round 1. Having now passed us, the Queen would go to the Horse Guards Palace Place (?), inspect stuff, and then in about an hour and a half return and head up to the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a Red Arrows fly-by. Or so I was told. And due to the seven- or eight- deep crowds, I wasn't really in a position to leave, so I figured I might as well stay.
So... that was that. It was quite civilised despite the crowd. Next time I'd consider being on the far right hand wall for an elevated position, and I'd be wanting to get myself onto the road itself when they open it up to the people on The Mall. That's assuming the UK doesn't vote to leave the EU and I'm forced outta here as the disrespectful heathen foreigner I am.
I'd miss the premieres, that's for sure.
Until next time!
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