Tea with the Queen

Except there was no tea. And no Queen. Not even Helen Mirren.

On Sunday, Mike and I got to go to Buckingham Palace for an evening tour of the state rooms. Every year from the end of July to the end of September, all the Royals go on holiday. They use that time to open all the castles to the public. This is the only time of year that you can get into Buckingham Palace, Kennsington Palace, Clarence House, etc. The AWC booked a private evening tour of Buckingham Palace for last Sunday and we went and had a blast! We were the only group in the palace and at the end of the tour we were all given champagne and got to stand around socializing on the back terrace looking over the grounds. But here’s the thing, we couldn’t take pictures. Seriously people- they weren’t playing around. The tour was of the state rooms not the private residences (which are never open) and this year they set up one of the rooms as if there was a state dinner complete with gilded chargers, 6 glasses a place setting, and individual menu lights. It was simply glorious. I am putting a couple of pictures that I found on the internet because they all look just like what we saw but were taken with much more skill than we possess! We saw many more rooms but these look like a good sample- please notice the ceilings because they were worth the tour!

The whole place is a barrage of luxury and excess. The Queen is a woman after my own heart. Why? Her throne in the throne room is pink, silk and monogrammed.

I am already brainstorming things that I can do to get invited to the Palace for something other than a tour.  I really wanted to steal something cool. But I didn’t. They film everything over here and I am too cute for prison.

If you are planning a trip over here and seeing the London castles are a big deal to you, it may be worth your while to check and see the dates that the Queen is gone so you can walk around her place while she is riding Space Mountian at Disney World trying to unwind from the last ten months of pretending to run a country.

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About fishandchipsandsalsa

This is the story of a newlywed-ish couple in Dallas about to pack up their lives and pups to move to jolly ol' England. They will miss good family, good friends and good fajitas.
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5 Responses to Tea with the Queen

  1. Cindy says:

    How cool is that! Unfortunately the queen will be arriving back at her London digs just when we get there in LESS THAN one month!! Cannot wait – palaces or no palaces! Love you, Mom

  2. jiji1 says:

    Guess I’ll have to settle for an over night trip to Paris and the Palace/Museum Versailles since i can’t see Buckingham up close and personal! Maybe we can have a champagne dinner close to the Eiffel Tower! Counting down the days! XOXO Mom

  3. Carolyn says:

    WOW! How lovely! We’ll discuss DETAILS of the palaces as we are enjoy tea and crumpets in your beautiful home! Can’t wait!

  4. Nana says:

    Pictures of the palace are out of this world.
    Not only are the ceilings gorgeous but the rooms are beautiful. I hope you find a way to meet the Queen and yes you are way too cute to be in prison.
    Love you,

  5. Lollie says:

    Not only have I had to start school, but my internet has been down since Beverly moved and took the wireless modem. I am so glad you got to tour the palace and then sent photos. What a grand site. The C’s, in London, sipping champagne in the palace. A far cry from the cotton fields of L county.

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