Being only a few steps away from Buckingham Palace we wanted to head down to the Opening of Parliament Parade on Wednesday so that we could share the experience with all of you!
The event was such a joy with a friendly atmosphere of people in excitement ready to watch the Royal Family pass in the elaborate parade. The Crown Jewels passed in the first carriage, sparkling through the carriage windows, they were really beautiful. Then followed the great procession of horses, guards and various carriages filled with members of the Royal Family.
The Queen was with Prince Philip in the new diamond jubilee carriage! This is only the second state carriage to be built in more than 100 years. The carriage contains fragments of the Mary Rose and Sir Isaac Newton’s apple tree as well as the crown on the roof featuring wood from Lord Nelson’s ship. The entire detail really is exquisite taking Jim Frecklington, his artisans and craftspeople a decade to complete.
Once the Queen reached Westminster a 41 gunshot royal salute was fired in Green Park. The Royal Band accompanied the many soldiers. Being in Green Park for this was remarkable; you could feel the buzz around everyone and the gunshots so loud they were vibrating through the ground. After the royal salute, the band finished playing and the horse guards marched back to Buckingham Palace with the cannons, where they waited for the Queen to return.
The parade returned back down the mall and around the Queen Victoria Memorial where the royal farewells were given. To finish the parade the Royal Family entered the gates of Buckingham Palace and a final circling of the enchanting and elegant carriages was made giving excellent photograph opportunities.
This is a great event that all should see at least once. As this only occurs once a year you will need to wait until 2015 now. However an alike and extraordinary parade, Trooping The Colour, HM The Queen’s Birthday Parade is taking place at on 14th June at 10.30am. This traditional event is one not to be missed and being only a few minutes from Flemings Mayfair Deluxe Hotel, if you book a hotel room with us you will be able to grab a great position along the route.