London Day Two: The “queue” Extends For Miles, As A Nation Shows It’s Love For Queen Elizabeth II
It was still early Friday morning, my second day in London on my trip to pay my respects to Queen Elizabeth II. After leaving Green Park and Buckingham Palace I continued my morning walk and headed toward Westminster Abbey where Queen Elizabeth II was Lying-In State. I crossed the Mall which was closed to traffic and was lined with British flags. The Queen’s funeral procession will proceed along this avenue on Monday.
Here I again saw the people now at the end of the famous “queue”. The people shown here in this of Westminster Abbey waited in a line that extended five mile line for an incredible 12 hours. The citizens of Great Britain were showing their love and respect for the Queen, the longest reigning monarch in their history.
I decided to walk back to the “queue” line and follow it as it wound five mile along the Thames River. The line followed the walking path along the Thames River and I saw the crowds as they approached the Lambeth Bridge,
After passing the large hospital complex I rounded a corner and was now on the wide Westminster Bridge Road which was closed to traffic. Parliament and Big Ben were in view across the Thames River. It was a remarkable scene,
I had to use the restroom and found the Westminster Underground restroom decorated with theses interesting illustrations. It was one of the most artistic, although not cleanest, bathroom I had ever used.
This street is lined with government buildings and many statutes commemorating the soldiers and heroes of Great Britain. I found this one, honoring the women who served in World war II to be very moving. In the corner of the memorial was a photo of the Queen, who as a young women, was very much involved in supporting the troops and war effort. A very fitting tribute to Queen Elizabeth II .
I continued up this historic street, lined with so many monuments and statutes and even guards on horseback. Once again saw many soldiers, bobbies and security contractors preparing for the funeral and crowds of people many with flowers walking to Green Park to past their respects to the Queen.
I soon saw the large Nelson’s Column that towers over Trafalgar Square in the distance. It is dedicated to Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson’s famous victory over the French fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
I walked through the square and the towering monument and decided to eat at nearby Caffe Concerto.
Waling through the tubes of the London Underground is an experience in of itself. I love the walls lined with advertisements and public service information. And the walks between different lines are not short. Sometimes you must walk a city block or two underground to change line.
I walked back to my hotel to check in with my office back home and edit some photos. I was exhausted from my walk and lack of sleep but I was in London and I was soon out on another adventure. Here is a link to a gallery with more photos of my hike through the streets of London and past Westminster Abbey where Queen Elizabeth II Lie- In-State . London Day Two. Westminster Abbey walk September 16 2022.