Good morning everyone. A little look back today prompted by recent events.
On Friday morning, 9 September, we woke to the news that Queen Elizabeth II had died at her Balmoral estate in Scotland on Thursday 8 September 2022.
At 96 years of age I guess it wasn't unexpected but still a shock wave reveberated all around the world. In the last couple of days we have seen and read many tributes to the Queen. She was also the Queen of Australia and we have been following events on the TV. The Queen will be remembered with respect by thousands for her life of dedication and service to her role and the Commonwealth. A long life well lived.
I am will be watching the various services and parades in her honour on television here in Australia.
Queen Elizabeth came to Australia 16 times, with 7 visits to Western Australia where I live. I remember in 1963 standing along on the highway from the Perth Airport to Perth city with crowds of people all waving our little flags as she and Prince Phillip drove past in their motocade I am sure my Dad has a photo somewhere. This is probably the only time I have seen her in person, even though fleeting.
Of course, The Queen has always been a constant presence in our life and the only British Monarch most of us have known. When I was in Primary School all the classrooms had a photo of her on the wall, and we sang God Save the Queen every morning.
Here is a link from Australian ABC - an interesting look back over The Queen's life and times: www.abc.net.au
The anniversary of The Queen's 70 year reign was 6 February 2022 and her Platinum Jubilee was celebrated in June with much pomp and ceremony that the British do so well. We watched some of it on the TV. Over the years we have seen, heard, read on the media, and followed the royal family through happy times and sad.
As I don't personally have photos of Queen Elizabeth, I will share some photos from our one and only trip to London way back in 2005 so long ago. We really enjoyed seeing in person what we had seen for so many years only in the media. I recall it being cold even in July when it was supposed to be summer!
The Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace.
The Mall along which the funeral cortage with the Queens coffin draped in the Royal Standard and laying on a gun carriage will travel from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on 14 September and then back via the Mall to Wellginton Arch on Monday after the funeral. The last pic is view of Buckingham Palace from St James Park. The Queen will lay in state at Westminster Hall until the funeral and people will be able to view her coffin..
This is the gold State Coach. It has been used at royal coronations, jubilees, and events since it was built in 1762. It weighs 4 tonnes and is made of giltwood, which is a thin layer of gold leaf over wood.
I am linking up to the link-ups below. Please click on the links to see fabulous contributions from around the world - virtual touring at its best!
MosaicMonday at Letting Go of the Bay Leaf
Our World Tuesday
My corner of the world through my camera
Wednesday Around the World at Communal Global hosted by Randomosity.
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