Fit for a Queen (or King)

Last week, furrylittlegnome took her readers on a walk through Whitehall – the epicenter of British Government and home to lots of memorials along the way. We stopped at Trafalgar Square; not knowing whether to head over to Piccadilly Circus (and up to Regent Street to visit Burberry) or to turn left and head towards Buckingham Palace. Admiralty Arch in London The Admiralty Arch was enticing and gnome passed through – entering The Mall. A long and spacious roadway, most of us know The Mall from television seeing carriage rides for Royal weddings, Queen Elizabeth’s jubilee celebrations and other fancy activities.

St. James’s Park lines the left hand side of The Mall. It was built by King Henry VIII in 1536. Lots of greenery and shrubs to see and that’s about it. The right hand side of The Mall is a different story and where our fun is. Below, we see a statue, unveiled in 2009, of the Queen Mother and her husband, King George VI. The current queen’s beloved mother died in 2002 at age 101. You can read about the dedication here.
Statues of Queen Elizabeth I and King George VI on The Mall Just a little further sits St James’s Palace, the guarded, official home of Prince Charles.Outside of St. James's Palace in London St James's Palace in LondonWhatluck! Gnome and her pack came across a heavy police presence and a group that contained tourists and paparazzi – all with cameras ready. This picture does not show you, but trust furrylittlegnome, that is His Royal Highness leaving the grounds in a Range Rover and heading literally next door to Buckingham Palace!Prince Charles leaving St James's Palace in London Buckingham Palace, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, greets us at the end of The Mall. The palace’s first sovereign to live here was Queen Victoria in 1837. Buckingham Palace in LondonBuckingham Palace in London First, we take a look at the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of the palace. It was unveiled in 1911.Queen Victoria Memorial in London

Queen Victoria Memorial in London

Take note of the signs displayed outside the palace!
Changing of the GuardSign outside of Buckingham PalaceKeeping in tradition with the rest of London, the palace gate is black (during Queen Victoria’s period of mourning, all gates in London were painted black and remain that way today). It is giant. It is magnificent.
Buckingham Palace Gates
Buckingham Palace Gates

Furrylittlegnome hopes you have enjoyed our sightseeing along The Mall. Until next week…

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9 Responses to Fit for a Queen (or King)

  1. The weather looks pleasant. This enjoyable post has resurfaced fond memories of London. 🙂

  2. Mustang.Koji says:

    I took my oldest daughter there in 1999 – a “Father/Daughter” vacation. Those photos surely brought back a ton of memories. Truly, you are looking/touching history. Thanks!

  3. Escaping Our Comfort Zone says:

    I’m pretty sure that in Queen Victoria’s day the Wagner power sprayer had not yet been invented. Can you imagine what it took to paint that fence!!?? OH, and all the other pictures were pretty. OK bye

    • Those of us who have been fortunate enough to travel overseas from America can clearly see that European architecture puts American cities to shame. It just doesn’t compare and makes one realize just how “young” the USA really is in comparison to the rest of the world. Glad you like the photos!

  4. julespaige says:

    I cannot imagine living as a Royal. The limited history in the states just can not compare with most places in Europe. Thanks for the wonderful photos.

  5. Thank you for sharing your fabulous photos!

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