After a picnic lunch in Hyde Park on a Sunday afternoon, we walked down Constitution Hill to Buckingham Palace.
Originating as a townhouse built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham, Buckingham Palace has been the official seat of the monarch since Queen Victoria’s accession in 1837. It still serves as a focal point for any momentous national occasions, and the royal family will make an appearance on the front facade’s balcony to acknowledge crowds of people on festive occasions.
We paused for a few minutes to sit on the steps below the beautiful Victoria Memorial, and once again, as happened so many times in London, I felt overwhelmed by all the history that has played out here. The Union Jack was flying atop the palace, signifying the lack of the Queen’s presence within, but even so, it still felt dreadfully exciting to stand there and take our picture in front of Buckingham Palace!
I am by no means a “Royalist”, but I couldn’t help thinking what a thrill it would be to see the Queen come out on the balcony — or Prince William and his beautiful “commoner” wife and family. I imagined the square on something like a royal wedding day, packed with surging crowds of people, all straining toward the gates and hoping for a glimpse of royalty. I have to admit that I would love to witness something like that someday!
Have you ever visited Buckingham Palace, or had a royalty sighting? Come tell me about it in the comments!