We waited patiently for an hour while the Queen was in Horse Guards Parade, inspecting her troops and enjoying the incredible display to celebrate her birthday. In fact, Trooping the Colour has been the official marker of the birthday of the British Sovereign for over 260 years – and over 60 of those have been attended by Queen Elizabeth II! Remarkable!
Then, on the dot, the parade resumed again to march back to Buckingham Palace.
A little wave from the Duchess of Cambridge. You can see how thick the pollen is in the air and the carriages moved quite quickly! It was hard to keep up with my camera but it was such a treat to see these ladies (and Harry). They all looked lovely!
A wave from the Duchess of Sussex. The Duchess of Cornwall was struggling with the pollen, too, from the looks of things.
Then the shot I’d never imagined I would ever get! Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning British monarch, looking straight at us! It was surreal and wonderful moment I hope to never, ever forget. ❤
After the Queen and all military had passed, the gates open for us to step onto The Mall so we could walk up to Buckingham Palace. I was a little worried we were going to get stuck in the crowd behind the Queen Victoria Memorial Statue in front of the palace and not be able to see anything…but we got super lucky and managed to slip through the crowd and find ourselves right at the palace gates!!
It was a short wait for the Queen and her family to come out onto the balcony. The doors opened and out she came ahead of everyone else. Some little waves from Her Majesty as the crowd burst into applause and cheers.
Then the magnificent flypast by the Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows and three cheers for Her Majesty!
The balcony appearance didn’t last more than 5 minutes but it was wonderful to see the whole royal family interacting with each other. And the Cambridges were having a blast with baby Prince Louis – sooo cute! And I don’t think little Princess Charlotte stopped waving to the crowds the whole time.
Then it was some goodbye waves from the royals and back to reality for us. We did hover around a little while to see some family members leave the palace in their cars. They don’t muck around and left almost immediately! No doubt heading back home to kick off their high heels and pop the kettle on.
It was a wonderful, magical and lucky day that it really couldn’t have gone any better. I would do it all again in a heartbeat. It was a dream come true for me. The only thing I’d do differently is take little chairs so we didn’t have to stand so long in the morning.
Obviously, I highly recommend attending Trooping the Colour for any British royal fan. Let me know if you’ve been before. I’d love to hear about your day!