When I started this blog, it was always my intention to share with you some of the things I enjoy in London, and particularly those which offer good value for money!
Like my heroine, Julie, I am a committed Londoner, and I am taking advantage of having more spare time these days to do a lot of the things I couldn’t do when I was tied to my office job. Usually I share my experiences AFTER the event, but this time I thought you would appreciate a heads up, especially if you are planning a trip to London in the near future.
Wednesday 4 June is the State Opening of Parliament, and, yes, this is a very formal occasion when the Queen outlines Government legislation for the next session of Parliament. But don’t let this put you off. It is also a wonderful opportunity to see London at its best and the pageantry for which it is famed.
I have found that, if I stand outside Buckingham Palace at about 12 noon, I am treated to a marvellous spectacle of horses and gun carriages, and then, a little later, the Queen herself comes past in her carriage.
Unlike a lot of state occasions, the streets are remarkably empty and it’s possible to stand right on the edge of the pavement to get a good view. My recommendation is that you stand on the left hand side of the Palace (ie. on the opposite side to Green Park) as this is the way the Queen drives back through the gates.
Last year, I spoke to a couple of Canadians who had no idea that they were about to see the Queen, and I think it just made their holiday.
And don’t forget – this entertainment is entirely free.
So, hopefully you’ve got plenty of time to plan ahead, and see you on 4 June!