Monday, 24 June 2013

A bit of royal pomping...

'A bit of royal pomping' was how my daughter described Garter Day!

All the frantic camera clicking resulted in an epic fail on my part. I had taken my smaller Panasonic Lumix as it has a much longer telephoto lens than I have for my Nikon. But our position was a bit tricky, peering through a metal fence and with several other people's elbows and shoulders in front, and I had not taken into account the long shutter delay on my camera. People around did better with their iPhones..

In fact, I barely saw the Queen herself. She's tiny! The photo below comes courtesy of a lovely lady from Giggleswick, Sarah Williamson, who very kindly emailed it to me and agreed that I could show it here.

HM The Queen and HRH Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge
in the Garter Procession
(Photo © Sarah Williamson)

HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, in a hurry to join the gathering.

The Duke of Cambridge in the returning carriage procession.
Sitting opposite him is Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

HM The Queen, with the Duchess of Cornwall and HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.

These, and a few more photos, are also on my other blog, Seeking the Quiet Eye.


  1. What a magnificent spectacle :) She's quite an impressive lady, your queen. I just recently watch a (British) documentary about her on Swedish television.

  2. You did pretty well under the circumstances, jennyfreckles. Some nice shots here.

  3. Woaw! you were really near the event!! I did not imagine Her Majesty being so small!She's such a great Lady!

  4. How nice it must have been to be there life ! I had Wellington and his alleys in their historical uniforms here in Waterloo over the weekend to celebrate the Waterloo battle of 1815. Must say that the costumes haven't changed much, lol !
    I always admire the phantasy of the hat creators !

  5. Wow! This is so exciting to see! I didn't realize how little the queen was, either!

  6. This is a grand collection of photos. I know how you feel about missing "the shot." Sometimes my DSLR takes a frustratingly long time to focus itself.

    I spent a day with the royals about 30 (?) years ago. I went to the Braemar Games in Scotland. It was the year after Charles and Diana were married. The royals were in an area not far from where I was sitting. I probably have photos, but who knows where they are.

  7. Quite a show and great outfits! I hadn't realized how VERY tiny the Queen is.


No WV here but I've enabled comment moderation on older posts so I don't miss any of your messages. I love reading them - thank you! And thanks for visiting my blog.