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Well, not really.  But I did visit her house today.

At Buckingham Palace

Every summer while Queen Elizabeth is in residence in Scotland, the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are open to the public.  This is the final week of this year’s opening, so I managed to get in.  What opulence!  I couldn’t take pictures inside, but you can do a virtual tour of some of the rooms here:  Buckingham Palace State Rooms.  It’s hard to imagine what it’s like to live in a place like this.

One big draw of the tour this year was a display of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress.  Apparently many visitors were drawn to the State Room tour just to see the dress.  The lace work was beautiful and was appliqued at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace.  Her earrings, shoes, a recreated bouquet and wedding cake were also part of the display.  Each flower used for decoration, whether in the lace, on the cake, or in the bouquet, was carefully chosen for its symbolism.  For example, the flowers in the lace represented different parts of the United Kingdom.

Buckingham Palace is a popular tourist site, so I heard many different languages spoken.  Lots of German visitors today.  I was also approached by two different groups of Dutch students (about middle school aged), who had an assignment for their English class to approach individuals and ask them several questions.  One question was, “What do you think about when you hear ‘Holland’?”  I replied tulips and wooden shoes.  Then they had to take pictures of me sitting with them.  It was really cute.  The two girls were very engaged, and the boys just tried to do the minimum amount of talking.

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