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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Royal Wedding, Joy and Beautiful Memories

Are you in London presently and will you attend the Royal Wedding Celebrations?

I wish I was in London now but must wait till the Autumn of this year.

I have been very fortunate to have had High Tea at Buckingham Palace on several occasions. Once through the gates of Buckingham Palaee, the magic begins.  Damask graces the walls and gilt wainscotting and dado rails add to the elegance.  The treasures and antiques within the Palace are rare, unique and steeped in history.  Tea was served in the Throne Room.  The Queen and Prince Philip mingle and meet all guests. When the Royal family arrived at our table, a Royal Secretary introduces the Queen to us. We are standing by now.  A curtsy to the Queen and a gentle handshake (we are briefed beforehand not to shake her hand roughly, as she may meet and handshake several hundred people in a day)  The Secretary will have some background on the guests and open the conversation.  High Tea is assorted crustless sandwiches, scones, Devon cream and strawberry preserves.  Servers refill the tea and is is steaming hot.

I have also had the same pleasure extended several times at St James Palace, hosted by HRH, the late Queen Mother.  She is delightful and when she enters the room she is followed by her corgis.  She is charming and so full of joy and personality.
I shall always remember the first time I was introduced to her.  My father in law, told her he had been to Ireland recently visiting my family, She enquired which county in Ireland ?  I told her Galway and she responded "A beautiful country and I think we are so fortunate to not have sunny weather here in England and Ireland, otherwise we would be inundated with tourists"

Tomorrow, regardless of the weather, London will be inundated with tourists

Throne Room at Buckingham Palave - HRH The Queen, Col FA Tilston VC, Helen Tilston (Mike Tilston, missing from pic)
I shall enjoy my English breakfast and decorate our table with photos and invitation cards and remember some wonderful times,

1 comment:

  1. Such beautiful memories! Hope you enjoyed the beautiful wedding as did Kitty and I. She was watching in North Carolina at a sleep-over with her girl friends but called me so we could "gush" together. Lyn