I was lucky enough to have been invited to the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace today (and huge thanks to both my escorts). Today was the Royal Preview Day – and yes, I did manage to catch a glimpse of Prince Edward and Princess Anne. There were other members of the Royal Family there, but I didn’t see them.
Quite aside from the fact that it was the most beautiful summer’s day, with just a slight breeze to take the edge off the heat of the day, it was absolutely fantastic.
The first thing I noticed was the gardens. They are beautiful. A variety of different colours and flowers (no, I don’t know the names, I’m not that good). I was told that they are 46 acres in size (Wikipedia says 42, but let’s not argue about a mere 4 acres in the centre of London). Honestly, you wouldn’t know that you are in the centre of London, it is so peaceful. The garden keepers use the minimum of pesticides, to encourage wildlife, and, of course, they compost regularly. We weren’t there for the gardens though, and, naturally, we found somewhere to buy champagne and sat under a huge tree to drink the first bottle. It was lovely to just sit there and watch the world go by for a while.
The event itself was hosted by the Royal Warrant Holders Association, each with a stand exhibiting their goods. There were some absolutely fabulous items on sale – my absolute favourite was The General Trading Company, I’ll be placing an order there – and huge thanks to Clarins for the goody bags they gave to all the ladies. And Gordon’s Gin, with their two new flavours, one infused with cucumber, the other with elderflower… (No, I don’t get commission for any of this; I just had a wonderful time and have to tell you what I enjoyed.)
Jaguar Land Rover was there, along with its F-type sports car – it was beautiful; and matched my lipstick perfectly! The Bentley’s were beautiful too, but I couldn’t persuade them to give me one just because it had finger marks on it.
And, I have to say, all the exhibitors I met were absolutely charming and great fun too. Thank you to everyone for a fantastic time.
©Susan Shirley 2013