It’s been quite a royal week this week. At the weekend Hubby and I went away to celebrate our 5th Wedding Anniversary and decided to visit Sandringham House which was beautiful. If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit you really should, I was surprised by it’s size, it was much smaller than I expected but so pretty inside, very light and airy unlike so many other stately homes. When we arrived the grounds were busy with marquees being built in readiness for the Queens Royal Garden Party which was to take place on Tuesday this week.
Then on Tuesday I found out Queen Elizabeth would be coming to a local town and I contemplated taking the children over to see if we could catch a glimpse of her. To begin with I didn’t think it would be worth it, I imagined the children moaning because they couldn’t see, crowds of people in our way and only seeing a tiny dot in the distance who could resemble the Queen. Then I thought about it some more and thought, maybe, just maybe we would get there and find a good place to stand, that maybe the children would be in good spirits and in years to come we would talk and say “do you remember when we saw the Queen?”. So when I woke up in the morning I texted Karin and asked if she, Ella and Sam would like to join us on an adventure and they said they would, so we took the girls to pre-school and arranged to pick them up early.
Once we had picked the girls up, we made our way to Stamford and arrived 15 minutes before she was due to come past. We were very lucky to get close to the front. The girls were excited by the atmosphere and the sun was shining. A buzz was running through the crowd and then the policewoman stood in front of us declared, “The Queen is on her way”. Then a loud rumbling noise made us look to the skies in time to see the fabulous Red Arrows fly by and down the road suddenly flags started waving, cheers could be heard and then the Police Motorbikes came around the corner closely followed by the Queens car. Her windows were down so we were able to get a really good look at her as she smiled and waved that royal wave accompanied by her Lady in Waiting. What surprised me was how totally emotional I felt, I didn’t cry but I felt like I could have and I really didn’t expect that at all. As I turned to Little Bean to see if she was smiling she simply said “can we go now?”. Don’t you just love kids!
We spent the rest of the afternoon eating ice creams and watching the Spitfires as they performed acrobatics over Burghley House and the skies of Stamford which Beanie Boy loved, in fact he was quite upset when the planes finally went away. A fun afternoon was definitely had by all!