London Ambassador Module One Training Trip
Day Two 29.03.12
Just another ordinary day in Walthamstow…
But a Jubilee flag already?
My intention is to rest fully today. However my friend’s partner sends me a text first thing to say that The Queen is visiting Walthamstow. This jogs my memory that I was reading in the London Standard the night before about this. It’s the North London dates of her Diamond Jubilee Tour and she is visiting the London boroughs of Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Harrow.
After some quick research on the Internet, I discover The Queen will be having lunch literally 6 minutes walk away:
‘At Redbridge’s historic Valentines Mansion in Ilford, the royal couple will see the artwork at the London Pride art and design festival before she opens the new dry garden, a colourful display designed for her Diamond Jubilee in the grounds of the building.
Later the Queen and Duke will travel to Walthamstow Assembly Hall for a silver service lunch prepared by Indian celebrity chef Cyrus Todiwala assisted by cooks from top London hotels and served by students from catering courses from across the capital.’ London 24 London for Londoners
I break my complete rest rule, after all it’s not every day The Queen is having lunch so close by! I’m kind of in the mode as my Mum had wanted us to go and see The Queen: Art and Image Exhibition in The National Museum of Wales for Mother’s Day. Seeing The Queen in reality follows…
The schools, elderly and general Walthamstow residents are out to greet The Queen & Duke of Edinburgh. You had to apply to be inside the Town Hall grounds where there is steel band music. But many line Forest Road just outside the Town Hall.
Flags at the ready!
Here she comes!
I catch a glimpse of The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in the car. It’s quite a different atmosphere here to Wales when the Queen visits. There seems to be more enthusiasm for her presence. I guess in Wales there are some mixed feelings at times.
The Royal Couple are off for their silver service lunch. Crowds disperse…
Two girls nearby kindly agree to have their photo taken
… as do a group of enthusiastic residents who tell me that last year they were inside the Town Hall grounds but this year they did not apply in time. They seem to be really enjoying themselves anyway!
Enough excitement for one day but then I remember I need to go in to Walthamstow town to pick up some wheat free bread. It is unclear whether there will be food I am able to eat at the London Ambassadors Training Module One tomorrow. Team London Ambassadors has only just contacted me about this.
Fortunately, I have been allocated a fantastic lady to deal with my requests, who has an understanding of ME and she is able to quickly sort out other points as regards MCS and learning requirements, which I am pleased about. It balances out the stress of the disability aspect being addressed late on in the process.
On the way in to Walthamstow, I smile as I see the above ‘Palace Mews’ sign. In light of the Royal day so far, I stop to take a photo and a passing taxi driver comments ‘It’s not Buckingham Palace unfortunately!’
The Waltham Forest News reports the day and the Jubilee Tour continues…
I miss The Queen when The Jubilee Tour reaches Cardiff at Llandaff Cathedral where she has mainly a good reception. Looking gracefully stylish dressed in white. And, as a follower on Twitter @sammiejwatts mentioned yesterday The Queen took a trip on a Yellow Duckmarine in Liverpool!