Did all of you watch the Coronation? No matter how you feel about the Monarchy you must admit that the Brits really know how to do great ceremonial pageantry. I do wish I could have been there! London is always wonderful for me but to have seen it in all the splendor associated with the Coronation of a king? Yes indeed, it would have been amazing, I am sure! The procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Cathedral was magnificently done, don't you think so too?
The Admiralty Arch was built as a memorial to Queen Victoria from her son, Edward VII. Designed by Sir Aston Webb it was completed in 1912. You can find it at the end of the Mall (which is the large road which leads to Buckingham Palace.)
I took a photo of this from my TV screen! The banners spell out "Happy & Glorious" which is from the national anthem of course!
At the top, the letters carved in the stone are in Latin and reflect what I told you above. "In the tenth year of King Edward VII, to Queen Victoria, from most grateful citizens, 1910." That is, I think that is what it says... my Latin is not all it's cracked up to be, folks!
What else do you notice? See how on one side, there are two sets of windows and yet, on the other side, you can count three? Three stories on one side and two stories on the other! Isn't it interesting that the architect chose to build this asymmetrically? I wonder why this is so? Those on the left side have higher ceilings? I just wish I could go inside!
Did you notice the great precision of those marching in the parade? How they were able to march in formation through the arches? (That is my meaning behind my title "All the King's Horses and All the King's Men".) And so many! Just perfectly done. One must admire it!
When we were in England in 2012 during the Queen's Jubilee, we had a lovely spread at the home of my in-laws. We even had quiche then! Marks & Spencer makes a very good gluten free one too!