Tuesday 1 May 2012

A Royal Visit; The Queen's visit to Sherborne, Dorset.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Sherborne this morning as part of their Royal Jubilee tour. They arrived by train at Sherborne Station and then went by car to Sherborne Abbey where a Mad Hatter's Tea Party was awaiting them. The weather just prior to their arrival was atrocious, but the crowds were obviously in a mood to celebrate, and no amount of rain was going to dampen their spirits.

Most people were suitably attired and more than happy to wait in the rain

Taking no chances 

All this waiting around calls for a snack

Is my head getting wet?

Boots fit for a Queen

Oh no I hope they won't be late!

Trying to outdo the Queen!

Flag anyone?

As the VIPs line up this little lad prefers to play in the puddles

The band is in place - it can't be long now

She must be close!

The Queen looking lovely in pink and a little girl in bunny ears looking the other way!

   The Duke of Edinburgh enjoying the Mad Hatter's tea party

A birds eye view?

Going for a walk about

A happy looking Queen heading back to the station

and a great time was had by all!

Must be time for lunch.


  1. Sharon Souter1 May 2012 at 19:32

    How exciting Barbara - did you get a chance to shake her hand? Looks like you had a wonderful time despite the weather!

  2. barbaraannefisher1 May 2012 at 21:15

    Sadly not we were just part of the crowd. But we enjoyed it immensely. It was such a lovely friendly atmosphere. Masses of police and security all over the place but we were still able to get close enough to see everything that was going on.

  3. How wonderful Barbara! I love the Queen's choice of attire, the color was gorgeous! Thank you for sharing such amazing and interesting photos!

  4. barbaraannefisher2 May 2012 at 08:55

    It was a brilliant choice of the outfit. The Queen is a tiny lady, but the pink was easy to spot in a crowd. There were two ladies in waiting one in mauve and the other in lemon but they just blended into the background.

  5. Megan @ Storybook Love Affair2 May 2012 at 11:24

    How exciting! I love all the pics and captions and how cute are the little kids with the rain boots?

  6. Hoe exciting! A visit from the Queen. It looks like a great time despite the rain. I love your photos.

  7. barbaraannefisher2 May 2012 at 16:16

    Hi Megan, we had a great time – rain and all. I’m glad you enjoyed the pics.

  8. barbaraannefisher2 May 2012 at 16:17

    Thanks Alex, it was!

  9. What a fun time! Sorry it rained- but it looks like everyone was still having a good time. I loved looking at the crazy hats. The Queen sure looks festive with her bright pink! Glad you got to be a part of the excitment. Thanks for sharing the photos. :)

  10. The Desert Rocks2 May 2012 at 20:29

    Oh thanks for making me feel like I was there. Beautiful photos and the Queen's color is smashing!

  11. barbaraannefisher3 May 2012 at 09:10

    It was lovely to see so many happy smiling people despite the rain.

  12. barbaraannefisher3 May 2012 at 09:28

    You are most welcome! The pink was perfect for such a grey day.

  13. I don't know if I'll ever be able to meet or watch the Queen of England in this lifetime. The pictures are priceless, and your funny captions even priceless-er! (I love the shade of her suit. I hear it's a really popular colour this season.) And a Mad Hatter's Tea Party sounds like a grand affair. I wonder if there'd be chatters going off at rifle-speed ...

  14. I love these pictures. I have so admired Queen Elizabeth my entire life. This town is so simple, yet stunning. She wore the perfect color and outfit, didn't she?

  15. barbaraannefisher4 May 2012 at 08:46

    Hello Claudine, I hope the pictures, and words summed up the kind of day it was. We had so much fun and even exchanged names and address with other people in the crowd so that we could share pictures. It’s lovely when something as simple as a visit from the Queen brings people together. I hope you do have a chance to meet or watch the Queen, never say never – it’s impossible to know what’s just around the corner.

  16. barbaraannefisher4 May 2012 at 09:02

    Hi Donna, Sherborne is a beautiful town famous for its historic buildings, including the abbey, a monor house, the ruins of a 12th century fortified place known as the ‘old castle’ and the ‘new’ 16th century mansion, known as Sherborne Castle. Much of the old town is built from ochre-coloured ham stone and is very picturesque. The Queen looked perfect in pink, and even though she is very tiny she really stood out over everyone else there.

  17. Picture perfect! Your photos are fabulous. Isn't it lovely how people get dressed up and into the spirit of things, love the guy with the big hat, I've seen the Royal family wear some pretty big hats over the years but that guy wins.
    Sherborne looks like a place I would love to visit.
    I love Prince Phillip, the man who says what the rest of us think but are too scared to say.
    The Queen always looks nice, don't think I've ever seen her in a bad frock yet.

  18. barbaraannefisher5 May 2012 at 07:30

    Thank you Michelle you just made my day! I was surprised to see so many people making an effort; it really added to the fun of the day. There are lots of pretty places in Dorset, but Sherborne is one of the best. If you come to England on holiday let me know, and I will send you a list of ‘must see’ places. I love Phillip too – he really has a way with words! Thanks for calling in.

  19. Darlene Foster11 May 2012 at 06:05

    Not sure how I missed this post but I loved it. The Queen has aged so gracefuly and she is wearing the perfect shade of pink. Everyone looks so happy. You got some amazing photos. Wish I could have been there.

  20. barbaraannefisher11 May 2012 at 16:20

    Hi Darlene, I’m sure you would have enjoyed it even the rain wasn't enough to dampen the feeling of good will. The Queen looked lovely, and it was nice to see Prince Philip out and about after his recent health scare.


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