I rose early, got my cup of coffee, plopped myself into my favorite chair and settled in to watch BBC America’s coverage. I had predicted that the Queen would wear white, and I was right! She is always so well dressed but this outfit was really super. A white coat with Swarovski crystal embellishments – she glittered like a diamond. I had to smile, though. What was with the black pocketbook? Did she really need that? Couldn’t they have the sewn hidden pockets into the coat for a hankie or lip gloss? I realize she almost always has that bag with her, and that’s one the things we find endearing, but still . . .
I loved everything about the royal barge. Having blogged about the efforts to decorate it, it was great to see the florists’ final creations; they did not disappoint. The “gardens on deck” were superb. And someone went to great care to make what looked like two thrones and yet I noticed that the Queen and Prince Phillip stood throughout the entire event. Their stamina never ceases to amaze me.
I loved how the flotilla was organized. Boats were categorized by type (e.g., row boats, working boats, passenger boats) and then sailed in a certain order. The row boats and pleasure boats were particularly festive. I liked the little “Sea Cadets”, each one carrying a flag of a Commonwealth nation.
One thing that surprised me was how little commentary or cut-away shots there were of the other members of the royal family. I think I saw only 1 shot of Princess Anne (in a uniform), and then I saw Prince Andrew on a boat with his daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie. It wasn’t until looking at photos today that I saw that Prince Edward was also on that boat, as was his wife, Sophie. It would have been nice to have seen more of them . . . would have been more interesting than views of soggy spectators.
After the event concluded, BBC America continued with specials such as Royal Weddings, Will and Kate, Will and Harry. These provided the perfect setting for a long overdue project of mine. I decided to pull out years worth of film from my past trips to London and I organized the negatives (yes, trips from the pre-digital age) . . . mission accomplished while enjoying more royal tidbits of information.
So, to me, it was “the perfect day” . . . spoken like a true anglophile. :)