Thursday, November 5, 2015

Buckingham Palace

We left our quiet, leafy street in Belgravia early on Sunday morning and as it was close walking distance to Buckingham Palace we headed off.
Seems like many others had the same plan as already there were a huge group of people congregating,  armed with their cameras and snapping away.
I loved the tall, grand ornate gates, surrounding  Buckingham Palace and all the statues and monuments shining with gold in the sunlight

Peering through the gates we could see the Queens Guards, wearing full dress uniform of red tunics and bearskin hats. I read, when the Queen is in residence, there are four foot guards at the front of the Palace and when she is away there are two.

 I was excited to see this statue had inscribed on the base
' The gift of New Zealand'

 Walking back home we noticed around the perimeter of the grounds was a serious barbed wire fence to keep out undesirables.

I hope your week is going well 


  1. Good morning, Carolyn!
    Such a gorgeous Buckingham Palace is! The tall gate is so beautiful. Yes, I see a lot of people visiting there. I went to travel abroad several times. All trips were with big tours and professional guides! Very safe but what a busy trip!!
    Enjoy your day!
    big tours

  2. wow, that must have been an experience to see Buckingham Palace. The building is so grand. The gates are very nice, and I liked The gift of New Zealand statue. Your pictures are wonderful, Carolyn, and you will always have these memories when you visited Buckingham Palace.

    love, ~Sheri

  3. My deaerst Carolyn, thank you for those wodnerful pictures! It must have been exiting to be so close to Buckingham Palace!
    Wishing you a wonderful and blessed rest of the week,
    sending Love and hugs, my dear friend ,
    Claudia xo

  4. London has so much to see and do. I always feel slightly overwhelmed when I visit. Everything seems like a fairy tale. Buckingham Palace is certainly part of that feeling, and St James Park and The Mall. Lovely images!

  5. Lovely !!!...i never been in London...hope some from me Ria x

  6. Dear Carolyn, wishing you a lovely weekend, while admirering your wonderful photoes from the grand castle,- a spectacular building!!
    Warm hugs from Dorthe

  7. My week is going very well thank you Carolyn, hope yours is too. Why do we feel the need to peer in through those iron railings? What do we hope to see? I’ve been visiting London (occasionally) since I was a little girl, but I always feel I must go and have another look. I’m sure we see more on TV, but it’s just not the same. Loved your photos, thank you for sharing them. Barbara.

  8. Dearest Carolyn,
    Even if at times it looks like a world of pomp and a surreal world, one can admire the architecture and the many talented people that created the art.
    Glad you could manage this in walking distance!
    Hugs and happy weeks ending.

  9. Great post and amazing pictures :)...thx for sharing!

  10. A great place to visit - so much History - and now you have some special memories too!

    All the best Jan.

  11. I love to hear you are enjoying Europe. Have à great time. Groetjes, Hetty

  12. What a lovely place London is. It's been far too long since I last visited!

    Have a good time!

    Madelief x

  13. I went in London many years ago. Buckingam palace is fairy, a very luxury building. Thanks for sharing these marvelous pictures

  14. Hi carolyn! I never visited London, but I have to remedy as soon as possible!
    Nice pictures!

  15. I also love London so much! Never tired to visit it because it has always something to be excited for.
    Happy weekend

  16. The Queen really should have invited you in for tea as you had travelled all that way to see her! xx

  17. So interesting about the foot guards!

  18. I was there at the end of May!
    The change of guard is a very entertaining show! :)

  19. Much love and many blessings
    Beautiful photographs and I love all you share
    Love Jeanne

  20. Beautiful LONDON....
    Warm hugs,

  21. Always a pleasure to visit your blog. I feel like I get a taste of what tourist get to see. Blessings,


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