Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth,
The Queen Mother
Flowers and Glorious Weather
For a good part of the week the sun shone at Windsor as preparations continued for the Royal Ceremonial Procession in London on Friday 5th April for HM The Queen Mother. HM Queen Elizabeth stayed at Windsor during the week with Princess Anne and so the Royal Standard flew over the castle throughout.
Early on Thursday afternoon HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh walked amongst visitors to the castle in the Lower Ward, taking time to talk with them and look at the many flowers laid out on the lawns. After a short visit to St George's Chapel, The Queen and Duke returned by car to the State Apartments.
Books of Condolence were opened in St George's Chapel and those wishing to sign entered the Lower Ward free of charge at Henry VIII Gateway. It was also possible to view the flowers laid on the lawns around the Chapel before walking through to The Horseshoe Cloisters and up the steps into St George's Chapel itself. Once inside the dorrway, several tables and chairs had been arranged, each with an open Book of Condolence.
Security was strict at Henry VIII Gateway, though not time consuming. A plastic bag was provided into which were placed any metal objects, coins, keys, spectacles case and similar metal items. These were returned to you following a step through the metal detection equipment. Bags were searched by the police. Thereafter the atmosphere was much more relaxed, and in such wonderful sunshine the visit was very rewarding.
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