Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A trip to England for a wedding

Royal Musings was on a hiatus as I was in England from May 13-May 21st.

Lots of sunshine, warm weather for the entire 8 days .... and getting a half dozen emergency weather alerts from home due to bad weather here in Northern Virginia.
 I flew United on May 13, taking the 9 a.m., flight from Dulles to Heathrow.  Much to my surprise, there were no babies, kids or teenagers on this flight.   I arrived in London at 8:30 p.m. My luggage arrived quickly.   I took the Heathrow Express to Paddington and then a taxi to my hotel, the Grand Royale London Hyde Park, off Bayswater Road and within walking distance to the Queensway and Bayswater tube stations.

The hotel was once the home of Lily Langtry.

After checking in, I headed to Queensway to find a place to eat.  Too late for the pubs, but settled on an Italian restaurant, then it was back to the hotel to go to bed.  Amazingly, I fell asleep and slept through the night ... and woke up at 8 (wake up call) the next morning.  No jet lag at all.

May 14

A complete, full day of activities.   Kensington Palace to see the changes in the Victoria exhibit including the Fife tiara.  I tried it on .. well. sort of.

Dinner at Oblix West in the Shard and then a walk back across London Bridge ... not falling down.

Queen Victoria's emerald tiara on loan from the Duke of Fife

the Fife tiara was given to the nation in lieu of taxes

Fife fringe tiara on loan for two years by the Duke of Fife

I loved trying on the Fife tiara

The Diana, Princess of Wales dress exhibit

Sunken Gardens

Apartment 1A

Fortnum & Mason for tea

All gone

St. James's Palace

American press center across from Buckingham Palace.  People Magazine's Simon Perry.

Natalie Morales  Access Hollywood

Access Hollywood  Could be Keir Simmons

If you were looking for Jesus last  Monday,  he was hanging out at Oxford Circus

The Shard

I had dinner at Oblix West in the Shard,  Great view

London Bridge

The Tower from London Bridge

Day two: Sandringham