>Remember when I made my “Summer Hit List”?
Well I have started to cross things off the list.. the first thing to go?
Seeing the Queen of course! 1.
get a glimpse of the Queen…
Yep, Today I headed to the Forks… (again in the heat–it was brutally humid, and HOT…about 38C..) I got there about 1:30ish.. and staked out a spot… just in front of the media platform! This gathering was the Manitoba Homecoming Concert for Human Rights…the Queen dedicated a cornerstone for the new Museum of Human Rights.
Here I am in front of the ‘Royal’ Box… waiting for the Queen… My friend L joined me, that was awesome… let me have the ‘freedom’ to move around a bit, and get some shots..but the beauty of having a ‘spot’ to go back to!! Thanks for coming L. it was a great afternoon! (the photo below was taken with my iPhone!)
People, came and brought chairs…
(some looked like they were their ‘dining room’ chairs..others were folding camp chairs!)…
Because I was there so early.. I got to see the rehearsals of the performers…
Here’s a shot of Chantal Kreviazuk (love, love the song.. it was accompanied by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra!)
As it got closer to 5pm.. the excitement started to gain for the arrival of the Queen…
(the crowd started to grow too!)
Some of the younger Royal Watchers… (too CUTE!)
…there was a wide range of Security, I felt sorry with them in their uniforms, or suits…it was so darn hot!!! But then again.. uniforms/suits… are such nice things to look at… (oops!? did I just type that out loud…yes, I think I did!)
As the crowds grew around me… people tried to get shade, and chill as much as they could…
For the news guys and others it meant hanging out under the umbrellas, not for the rain.. but for some sort of shade!
I hung out with L. in the the ‘pretend’ shade in front of the media stage… (Side note: I only ended up with a little bit of burn.. seems like I missed a strip on my shoulder right close to my tank top line…when I put on my sunscreen…but all in all I didn’t get that burned at all!)
One of the camera guys brought me back a cold bottle of water..(I had brought 2 water bottles, but had drank most of both by this point) so having someone bring me some COLD water was heavenly!!! Yahoo for COLD water!!!
..and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra started to play… and I noticed between the main stage and the ‘Royal’ Box… the Royal Flag had been hoisted!
And, then she was in front of me in the Royal Box… I think her hat was ‘fabulous’!
…Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh… (and me standing in front of the Queen!)
Chantal Kreviazuk.. introduced The Queen before her speech… which you can watch HERE
One final wave… (and as soon as they got down the stairs… the heavens opened up and we got rained on!!) It was such a welcome thing!
That was my brush with the Royals… I had a blast, even walking home in the rain…didn’t ruin my happy rush!… it actually was a welcome relief to all that humid weather!
Thanks again L. for joining me on this hot, humid afternoon!! You were good company while waiting for the Royals!!
I just watched the 10 o’clock news on Global and they did a clip about the weather.. and I was on it!!!
my quote of the day.. “I’m a hawt, sweaty mess! But it’s OK!”
(and I really didn’t look that sweaty, or messy… but I did look HAWT!!)