I should preface this by stating that to say that I’m obsessed with the Royal Family is an understatement. My motto of my summer in London was, “WWKMD” or “What Would Kate Middleton Do.” When Kate and William got engaged, my Dad personally called me to deliver the “devastating” news to me. I woke up at 2 am to watch the entire Royal Wedding and spent hours glued to the screen. When Kate announced her recent pregnancy, it felt like I was the one pregnant! I received emails, messages, tweets, instagrams, etc. from friends around the world! Guys, I’m fully on Royal Baby #2 watch.
When I studied abroad in London 3 years ago, I made it my mission to see the Royal Family. I mean, London is only so big, right?! Well, I got my chance to see them during the annual Trooping the Colour. While the event is the official celebration of the Queen’s birthday, it is an opportunity for the regiments of the British and Commonwealth armies to present themselves.
So here I was about 6 weeks after the wedding. I dragged one of my roommates out of bed at 6 am to get a perfect spot at Buckingham Palace. Around 9 or 10 am, the Queen left Buckingham Palace and paraded to St. James’s Park where an elaborate ceremony was performed by the regiments.
After the completion of the ceremony at St. James’s Park, the Royal Family paraded back to Buckingham Palace where they all appeared on the balcony to watch the regiments walk by them. I’ll be honest, I didn’t disclose to my roommate that we would be standing around for 3ish hours while we waited for the Royal Family to get back from St. James’s Park (sorry Lindsey!). She wasn’t too happy but after seeing the Royal Family, she forgave me ;)
After the Royal Family appeared on the balcony, they went back inside and ended up coming out again 30 minutes later for the Royal flyover. During this time, people started jumping the barriers to get to the gates of Buckingham Palace. Well, my friend had on a dress and said that she wasn’t doing it so I told her, “See ya later!” and jumped that barrier! A really nice woman on a ladder right in front of the gates took my camera and managed to get some awesome photos of the Royal Family for me :) Thanks stranger for your kindness!
Don’t worry, I was reunited with my friend right after the Royal Family left to go inside for good. After the parade/ceremony ended, I remember frantically calling my parents and yelling into the phone, “I SAW THE ROYAL FAMILY! I SAW KATE AND WILLIAM!”