Me at Buackingham palace. Can you see the flags lined up? Today is the 50th coronation anniverary of Queen Elizabeth II of England. (June 02, 2003)
I have lived in England in and out through the years but never thought of it as an ideal place to live permanently. I have family and friends living there and I have visited many times both for business and pleasure. Business mostly had to do with the World Travel Market which is one of tourism’s most popular trade fairs. My sister was appointed secretary to Uganda’s Ambassador to London in 2003 for a period of 4 years: when she moved to England, she asked me to join her in search for a home " interesting. When I visited her then, all we did for days was look at houses, some of the most beautiful homes in great residential areas that can only be afforded by diplomats. Now that my sister was a diplomat, I urged her to get a house that befitted a diplomat (inwardly it was my desire that she entertain since I love entertaining), a spacious living and dinning area was what I suggested.
When the housing project was done, we took the train and went into central London where her offices are located right across Trafalgar square. We took a stroll down to Big Ben, saw the London eye from across the canal and then to Buckingham Palace where plans were in play for the Queen’s 50th coronation anniversary.
The streets are empty because every one is down the corner at Westminister's where the Queen is attending a service in her honor
In most of my photos you will realize the streets are empty even though it is early June when tourists crowd the place. This is because the majority of the crowds both of well-wishers and tourists are at the Westminster Abbey to catch a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth II, who is coming to attend a special service in honor of the 50th anniversary of her coronation. Her First coronation was on June 2, 1953 when she became queen of England. Of course all royal pictures are restricted and one can not just snap pictures of the queen unless one has the really good zoom lenses that can shoot from thousands of yards away, lol! I did not have one and I was not interested in the Queen any way, I was more interested in the sights, tourists and her guards. The street to the palace was decorated with flags and the guards were all dressed and standing at attention.