After the fabulous fly-by from the Eleanora's Falcon in Kent last weekend, this weekend it was the turn of some different flying beasts - planes! Every since we have lived here our house has been directly under the final approach flight path for Buckingham Palace events, in this case the Platinum Jubilee. And I mean directly underneath!
I am not exactly a staunch royalist. This house has no bunting and I am not attending our local street party. That said the Queen has done a remarkable job and lived an incredible life. Who would want to do a job like that for their entire lives, and put up with it in the way she has? Imagine having to be polite to people for that long? I find it astonishing, an extraordinary public servant. The rest of her family, well, they can do one frankly, and I couldn't care less what happens next.
Anyway, here are a few photos of the airborne parade that ended up down The Mall about half a minute later. I missed the helicopters as I had forgotten that this was happening, and was busy listening to a rather enthralling first day of cricket on the radio. So, roughly in flight order.
|Lancaster and Spitfire|
|Atlas (top) and C-17 Globemaster below. The bottom one in particular was ridiculously enourmous|
|So enourmous I didn't need to crop this. I wonder how many G&Ts you can fit in it?|
|A Rivet Joint. I had never heard of this.|
|F-35 Lightning. Only £90 million.|
|I admit I smiled when I saw the formation .15 Eurofighters. Probably now renamed, I would not put it past those in power.|
|A perennial favourite....|
|....The Red Arrows|