Thursday, June 30, 2022

Day 4 - June 3 - St.Paul's Cathedral

                                                     

 



It was a rinse and repeat of the day before.  The alarm goes off at 4:45 a.m.  Get dressed, and walk to the St. James's Overground stop, which is a few minutes closer to my Air BnB. The train ends at Liverpool Street, where I got on the Central Line to St.  Paul's.

Before leaving I text Ed.  He is already in a cab to St Paul's.   We were in the same area where I stood in 2016 for Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday Thanksgiving Service.  Decent view of the stairs, better for departures than arrivals.

The supermarket with the loo is gone, but there is a Starbucks nearby.  Their staff was kind to allow people to use their facilities.

Because of the protests at the Trooping, there was a heightened police presence, as the City of London police were assisted by the Met police.  

Officer, please could you move a little to the right ... thanks.

Due to her mobility issues, Queen Elizabeth II did not attend the service.  Her first cousins. the Duke of Kent, and Princess Alexandra,  arrived at a separate entrance because neither of them are able to walk up the main stairs to the cathedral.  

We watched the arrival of the bands, religious leaders,  Commonwealth armed forces, former prime minister, and the current Prime Minister who was booed when he arrived and when he left.   Someone also shouted, "resign."

I also want to clarify that, yes, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were booed when they arrived.  I heard boos to the left of me and I expect there were boos from others in the crowd as well. There were also cheers when they walked up the stairs.   It was impossible to hear if people were cheering or booing when they departed as the church bells were ringing.


We were unable to see the service, however.   The crowds were again at least 12 deep   As we started to leave. Ed spotted Omid Scobie.  I took a few photos.  We walked to the tube stop as we were heading to Piccadilly to have lunch at the Wolesley, and we would be joined by  Arjan, who I first met in 2016, and Saad.





Commonwealth soldiers


David Dimble, the veteran BBC announcer 

Police dog doing his thing

Another police job

ITV royal reporter Chris Ship



Lord Great Chamberlain and his wife (the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley)

Former PM Tony Blair and his wife, Cherie

Former PM Theresa May

Former PM David Cameron

Sadiq Khan  Mayor of London



PM Boris Johnson   Plenty of boos

The PM and his wife Carrie

Lord Mayor


the duke and duchess  of Gloucester

Julia and James Ogilvy


Earl of Snowdon

Earl of Snowdon

Lord Snowdon and his son., Viscount Linley.   Lord Snowdon's daughter, Lady Margarita did not attend

Lady Sarah Chatto




Arthur Chatto

Sam Chatto

Daniel Chatto



Mike and Zara Tindall

Lady Frederick Windsor and Peter Phillips



Lord Fredrick Windsor

Lady  Gabriella Kingston

Countess of St Andrews

The Earl and Countess of St Andrews and Lord Nicholas Windsor.  Lady Nicholas did not attend




The Earl of Ulster.  The Countess did not attend



Lady Davina Windsor and Lord Ulster

George Gilman



Lady Rose and George Gilman












duke & duchess of Sussex





Lord Mayor of London coming down to greet the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall














The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
















Sir Tim Laurence, the Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise Windsor






The Princess Royal and the Countess of Wesssex




















the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester












Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie and their spouses



































Lady Helen Taylor and the Countess of St Andrews




Lord Nicholas Windsor, Tim Taylor, Lord St Andrews,  Lady Helen Taylor and Lady St. Andrews




Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor.  Prince Michael of Kent,  James & Julia Ogilvy and Princess Michael of Kent






Lord Frederick Windsor & his brother-in-law Thomas Kingston






Getting as fast as they can to the car -- boos and someone shouted: Resign



Samantha and David Cameron


Nicola Sturgeon 



The Wolesley is a lovely place for a meal, and it was a great lunch as we all discussed the Jubilee.  The food was good as well.  I chose the chicken and avocado salad and copious amounts of breadsticks.   I enjoyed spending time with Ed, and glad he was able to take time away from work.   I wish Arjan had been able to stay in London for a few days longer.  

https://www.thewolseley.com/  

We said our goodbyes and knew we would keep in touch, especially on Twitter. 

Two of the four main events had now concluded.   It was a time to do a little relaxing, and not have to worry about getting up before dawn.   I stopped in at Hatchards to buy Hugo Vickers' new book. A Royal Life, which is about the Duke of Kent.


Saad, Arjan, me & Ed






The two major Jubilee events were over.  I was a bit tired (not a surprise) so headed back to Walthamstow before deciding what to do in the evening.  My host made me a cup of tea as I spent some time resting on a lounge chair in the garden.


the garden.


Decided to take the bus at the corner to Walthamstow Village.    I bought a 7-day travel card for Zones 1-3, which I renewed for another 7 days as I was in London for 15 days




  I had dinner at the Queen's Arms in Walthamstow Village.  https://www.queensarms-e17.co.uk/



First of 2 Pimm's




Beer battered cod, chips, minted peas & tartare sauce
.  I switched mayonnaise for the tartare sauce 






an urban fox, hanging out across the street from the Nag's Head pub in Walthamstow Village






The oldest house in London is this Tudor home in Walthamstow.  It is called the Ancient House.













He watched me take pictures of the Ancient House


I took the 31 bus back to Coppermill Lane.  A restful and deep sleep awaited me.  Tomorrow - a brunch, dinner with a friend, and the concert --- and one more thing  -- but you will have to wait until the next post to find out.  Talk about being in the right place at the right time!!!