Wednesday, May 27, 2009

They're changing the guard at Buckingham Palace...

Buckingham Palace by A. A. Milne

(from When We Were Very Young)


They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace - Christopher Robin went down with Alice. Alice is marrying one of the guard. "A soldier's life is terribly hard," Says Alice.



They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace - Christopher Robin went down with Alice. We saw a guard in a sentry-box. "One of the sergeants looks after their socks," Says Alice.



They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace - Christopher Robin went down with Alice. We looked for the King but he never came. "Well, God take care of him, all the same," Says Alice.



They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace - Christopher Robin went down with Alice. They've great big parties inside the grounds. "I wouldn't be King for a hundred pounds," Says Alice.



They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace - Christopher Robin went down with Alice. A face looked out, but it wasn't the King's. "He's much too busy a-signing things," Says Alice.



They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace - Christopher Robin went down with Alice. "Do you think the King knows all about me?" "Sure to, dear, but it's time for tea," Says Alice



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I had a lovely day in London. The weather was wonderful as you can see from the photos. I had perfect timing to catch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. It was very crowded. I was lucky to get a spot by the fence. The crowd was at least 3 rows deep and once you were in the front, you didn't want to leave because you might not get back up there again. The queen was not in residence. The Union Jack was flying over the Palace. If the queen is at home, they fly a different flag, called the Royal Standard. It is much like standing around and watching a parade go by. The guards march up and down and to and fro, it gets old after a while. I took the videos by holding my hands up through the bars of the fence. The last video of the guards leaving reminded me of the scene in the Wizard of Oz when they sneak into the castle.