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One of the highlights of the Opening Ceremony for many people was the Queen’s participation in a James Bond segment which ended with her jumping out of a helicopter and parachuting into the Olympic Stadium. So, I figured it was fitting to showcase one of her many homes in this week’s photo of the week.
I took this photo in May of last year when I spent a day in London with a friend before I headed up to my grandparents’ house. I was intent on getting photos of at least one London landmark at night (which was the reason behind last week’s photo as well), so after we saw Billy Elliot: The Musical in the West End, we wandered over to Buckingham Palace. We were a bit shocked by the number of police surrounding the Queen’s London residence — there seemed to be one cop every 50m or so around the entire perimeter — and were a bit worried that we were about to step into some sort of protest (especially since we’d seen a few earlier in the day).
So, I walked up to a policeman in front of the palace and had a conversation that went something along the lines of:
Me: Uh, hi. Is there some sort of special event we’re supposed to know about?
Cop: Where are you from?
Me: Umm, America.
Cop: And do you know where your president is tonight?
Me: He’s in Buckingham Palace, isn’t he?
I felt a bit insulted that he was implying I was just another dumb American, when in actuality I was an American who had just gotten off a plane from Australia and who honestly doesn’t care where her country’s president chooses to have dinner parties.
I was surprised that I ended up getting these photos — I honestly thought one of the many police would deem me a threat and try to make me erase all my photos, but none did!
Here are a few other photos from that evening: