There’s a reason I’m laughing so much – Hugh has a VERY firm grip. Since I began Me Made June, I have become an expert on hugs. Hugh gives excellent hug.
It was such a lovely, sunny day. I know, I thought. I’ll pop by Buckingham Palace and see if they’re changing the guard. As you do. Here’s Buck Palace in all its glory:
When I spotted Hugh, I knew immediately that I had to be photographed with him. The bowler hat, the suit, the highly polished shoes and the tightly furled umbrella. There is going to be a day in the future when no one dresses like this any more.
Hugh and his daughter were charm personified. I fell in love with them immediately. I could not have possibly known how much extra joy they were about to bring into my life and Me Made June.
As I thanked Hugh for the photo op I was vaguely aware of a commotion going on behind me. Hugh pointed over my shoulder before going to join someone. ‘You can get a snap of my son too,’ he said casually.
When I looked round, this was happening:
Can you see the excitement?
The crowd went mad and I don’t blame them. I’d just been photographed with Hugh – and his son was a Queen’s Guard wearing a bear skin!
There is so much I love about this photo. The incredibly touching realisation that an elderly father turns up in his best togs to wait at the locked gates of Buckingham Palace for his son to emerge. That he then marches alongside his son, both of them dignified in the face of over-excited tourists (and me) with cameras.
I followed behind Guy and Hugh with their sister and daughter and she explained that Guy is an officer and Hugh had done National Service. You can’t see them, but Hugh is wearing red socks that match his son’s uniform.
I think this is the best lunch hour I’ve ever spent. I’m wearing my Fields of Gold skirt.
They’re changing guards at Buckingham Palace,
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.
Alice is marrying one of the guards
‘A soldier’s life is terribly hard.’