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