The Anonymous Widower

Paying My Respect To The Queen

Last night, I paid my respect to Queen Elizabeth.

At around 23:15, I took a 141 bus from near my house and walked to the end of the queue near Southwark Cathedral.

It was a two-and-a-half mile walk, but I managed it reasonably well.

But I did have problems, as it was a bit dark.

  • I did have a problem with my boot laces, which I had difficulty tying up again.
  • I did trip a couple of times, but didn’t really hurt myself.
  • It didn’t help, that some of the pavements on the South Bank aren’t the best.

When I arrived into Victoria Gardens, prior to entry into Westminster Hall, the queue was meandered about twenty times for control purposes.

  • It was on a heavily-textured rubber matting and some of the turns played havoc with my feet.
  • I now have a large blister on the bottom of my right foot.
  • After I left the lying-in state, I was asked by a Red Cross lady about my visit and she said others had suffered how I did.

I would suggest that if you go to the lying-in state, you choose your footwear with care.

I’ve been to Westminster Hall before and I wrote about it, in To a Reception at the House of Lords, which includes this picture.

The hall did the Queen proud today.

If you get a chance to attend, do it! But be careful about your footwear!

Also note, that from the time I joined the queue until the time I left Westminster Hall was over eight hours.

September 15, 2022 - Posted by | World | , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. It seems to me that it was prescient of you to go so early. As of this Sunday morning the London Ambulance Service and St Johns’ Ambulance have dealt with 1,078 people in need of their help, with 136 ending up in hospital.
    I hope the blisters are responding well to treatment.

    Comment by fammorris | September 18, 2022 | Reply

    • Several baths and a pot of Body Shop’s Hemp foot cream have worked wonders.

      Comment by AnonW | September 18, 2022 | Reply


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