In the garden at our digs On the bus Myself outside Palace Karen at Palace
Just as we arrived at the Palace, in fact, just after the last 2 photos were taken, the rain started. We decided to join the queue as we could see the gates had been opened very early and trees sheltered the queue. We moved extremely quickly and, as we went in the front!!, we had to go through a couple of the rooms in the Palace. It was very exciting and very beautiful. Once through, we came out onto a very grand terrace overlooking the gardens and the sun had come back out. We walked round the gardens in the wonderful sunshine. They are well laid out with lots to see and places to relax and hide away. It took us around half and hour to go round the main route and we arrived back at the tea tents. Sadly, we made a mstake here really. It started to rain and we queued for our tea. By being in the queue, we missed the actual arrival of the Royal Party and we were not put into the serpentine line that they form for people to get a glimpse of or meet members of the Royal Family. We rather gulped our tea as well. The tea consisted of finger sandwiches - cucumber, egg and ham with salad, a little pastry cake thing with a prawn on top and some very lovely small cakes. Karen had tea and I had iced coffee. We joined the scrum to try to see the Queen but it felt rather undignified and the rain it was a raining! I suddenly noticed people walking away and Karen and I nipped to the end of the queue and just caught a glimpse of the Queen in a bright green outfit.
We found a couple of very wet seats and sat under our umbrella and then without it for a while. A groups of rather pompous sounding people stood nearby celebrity spotting. There were a lot of Clergy of all ranks and denominations, Military people, Mayors and groups so we did not get to talk to anyone really at this point. After a while we decided to walk to the other side of the lawn where it was quieter. We suddenly noticed people moving in their droves to the entrance steps and wondered if they were leaving before the Queen. We were cold, wet and a little bit bored now but I noticed some movement in the Yeoman Warders near to us. We moved nearer and then out came a lot of the top hatted Royal Guards. We decided to stay by this opening and suddenly the whole of the Royal Party came through about a metre from us. We had eye contact and smiles from the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, Camilla called over, "I hope you are not too wet" and Charles smiled. Princess Anne and her husband were on the other side, Sofie and Edward and I think the Duke and Duchess of Kent were there. It made up for all the wet and for missing their arrival. In fact, very few saw them leave. On our way out we managed to take a couple of photos along with everyone else and we met two couples to exchange a few words with