Advent 18: The Royals


At 3pm on Christmas Day each year, the majority of British citizens switch on BBC TV to listen to The Queen’s Speech.

There will be clips of the Royals and what they did throughout the year; as well as a topic which will be the focal point of what the Nation will focus on in the coming year. This could be an emphasis on: older people who live on their own, disabled veteran servicemen and women, war and our defences, unity of faiths, what is a Christian? etc.

However the speech is really commissioned by the Prime Minister for the Government of the day. People watch The Queen intensely to see if there is a flicker of approval or disapproval in her manner while delivering the words.

For instance, in her last speech at the re-opening of Parliament in May 2016, it was virtually a list from Cameron’s Conservative Party manifesto and The Queen looked very miserable. She just looked down and read it off the paper: “Proposals will be brought forward for a British Bill of Rights. My ministers will uphold the sovereignty of Parliament and the primacy of the House of Commons…”

The programme ends with a rousing anthem of God Save The Queen and though I know of many who will be crashed out and snoring on the sofa by this time on the 25th of December, there will be others standing up and raising their glasses.

Santa took this selfie but where did he go?  The Royals as depicted by Madame Tussauds waxworks in London


Challenge: Yellow

In answer to the colour challenge:

Woman wearing yellow dress in a charity shop, Southampton, England
Woman wearing yellow dress in a charity shop, Southampton, England
Butter Fingers by Southampton artist Jaime J West
Butter Fingers by Southampton artist Jaime J West
Shop in Camden Market, London
Shop in Camden Market, London

I came along
I wrote a song for you
And all the things you do
And it was called yellow

Yellow by Coldplay (see them performing it here: )

  1. Pick a colour
  2. Post appropriate lyrics and
  3. Like then post 3 of your own photos

These started it:

Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station

I am a Harry Potter fan. I was in the Kings Cross area earlier this year and decided to look in to visit Platform 9 3/4. There was such a huge queue and I couldn’t stand for long, so I decided to ask if I take pictures of a group of Spanish young people who were taking their turn. Here are the results.

The shop of the same name at the station is well worth a visit too – Happy Halloween.

Spanish group 9 3/4

platform 9 3/4    Platform 9/3 at Kings Cross

platform 9 3/4 shopShopping at Platform 9 3/4Hogwarts Uniform at Platform 9 3/4