BeebMaster's Monarchy Pages - My Royal Timeline


BeebMaster's Monarchy Pages

My Royal Timeline

For many years I have made a point of placing myself in the Gracious Presence of Royalty as often as I could possible manage. Since 1997, I have been in the Gracious Presence of Her Most Excellent Majesty The Queen at least once every single year. The table below shows where, Who and when:

1995 6th September 1995 HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCESS ROYAL
VISIT TO OLDHAM


This was the first time in my life I had seen any Royalty, and so very close to home! In fact, the focal point of the Royal Visit was to my School and I was given special dispensation to come back, having left the previous summer, on condition that I wore school uniform again!
1996 March 1996 HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUCHESS OF KENT
UNIVERSITY OF HULL


When I got wind of a Royal Visit to open a new building at my university, I made sure I was on the front row and took along a few of my friends to swell the enthusiastic throng!
1997 November 1997 HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY THE QUEEN
CENOTAPH, WHITEHALL


I worked in London from the autumn of 1997 until the summer of 1998 and I was determined to see Our Noble Queen at the earliest possible opportunity! There had been an early State Opening of Parliament after the general election and so the first available chance was at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph. A solemn occasion, as always, but a very proud moment for me as I caught my first glimpse of Our Glorious Sovereign, and many other members of The Royal Family.
1998 June 1998 HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY THE QUEEN
H.M. THE QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY PARADE, HORSE GUARDS


The most famous military parade in the world and easily the best opportunity to see Royalty. I was very lucky as I had tickets to the parade ground so I had a spendid view of the proceedings starting from the carriage procession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother to the Sovereign's departure at the end of the parade.
1999 June 1999 HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY THE QUEEN
VISIT TO HULL


This was during my final year exams at the University and I asked to be excused from one of my exams to attend the full day's proceedings but I was refused and had to rush back from outside the Church to the exam hall with only moments to spare!

The Royal Train was due to arrive at Hull Paragon Station at 9.53am and so I arrived at 8am for a front-row view of the arrival of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. After the Royal Departure I had a good look at the splendour of the Royal Train before zipping off to Church to watch the arrival of the Royal Couple for a service of thanksgiving.

I enjoyed this Royal Visit very much and it gave me a real insight into how the regional tours work. Would you believe there is an entire car just for flowers!
June 1999 HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY THE QUEEN
H.M. THE QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY PARADE, HORSE GUARDS


Two weeks later and I had the honour of being in the Glorious Presence of Our Gracious Sovereign again, for the second year running at Horse Guards' Parade.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother once again received the biggest cheer of all upon arrival at 10.43am on the parade ground.
2000 4th August 2000 HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER
CLARENCE HOUSE


A new century, new millennium even, but thankfully all continues as normal for the Family Firm.

For many years I had promised myself that I would pop along to Clarence House on August 4th to join in the birthday celebrations for Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. In 2000 I finally managed to get there although the traditional Birthday Walkabout gave way to a carriage procession down the Mall and Buckingham Palace balcony appearance with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother taking centre stage surrounded by the entire Royal Family.
2001 4th August 2001 HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER
CLARENCE HOUSE


After the previous year's festivities, I was determined to go back for the more traditional Walkabout but it was a last-minute decision to go as Queen Elizabeth had been in hospital until only a couple of days before. I am glad I did, because after a couple of hours of waiting patiently on the front row, Queen Elizabeth emerged from Clarence House, being driven in Her Golf Buggy as a slight concession to Her great age. As Her Majesty came along, chatting and accepting gifts from the enormous crowds as She went, I bowed before Her Majestic Presence, said, "Happy Birthday, Ma'am," and handed to Her my special birthday letter. Queen Elizabeth said, "Thank-you, that's very kind," before continuing to meet the people.

A very proud moment, which I will remember all my life, and you can see pictures of that very memorable day here and here.
2002 14th February 2002 HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY THE QUEEN
GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL


I was in London to sign the Book of Condolence for Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, on the same day as Her Most Excellent Majesty's visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital. It was the day before Princess Margaret's funeral and a period of Royal Mourning but Her Majesty kept the engagement in a display of unfaltering devotion to public duty.
April 2002 HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER
LYING-IN-STATE AND FUNERAL


On 30th March came the day many of us had begun to think might be postponed forever. Eight days later and after a wait of a mere three hours, much less than the fifteen hours bandied around irresponsibly in the press, I entered the eerie silence of Westminster Hall for the first Lying-in-State since 1965, such a breathtaking contrast from the usual bustle I had observed whilst working in Parliament five years before.

On 9th April, I arrived at 6.30am to occupy a front row position across from Westminster Abbey. It was the saddest moment of my life as we said goodbye to Britain's Wartime Queen and the last Empress of India. As the motorcar procession left the Abbey, subdued but affectionate applause acknowledged Her Most Noble Majesty The Queen at a time of such great personal tragedy.
3rd & 4th June 2002 HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY THE QUEEN
GOLDEN JUBILEE WEEKEND


I missed the Silver Jubilee by two weeks, so after waiting 25 years I wasn't going to miss this one! A million people in the Mall, the largest display of public love for The Royal Family in history and the biggest crowds in London since VE Day - a totally unforgettable experience!

I watched the fireworks display, initiated by Her Most Excellent Majesty The Queen, on the Monday evening from a front-row position along the Mall and returned the following morning for the carriage procession, floats, open-top motorcar drive back to Buckingham Palace by Her Majesty and His Royal Highness and Balcony appearance. After standing still for almost 13 hours on the front row of the Mall, it was quite a struggle moving towards the Palace to see the Balcony appearance after the barriers were opened!
2003 26th November 2003 HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY THE QUEEN
STATE OPENING OF PARLIAMENT


I may have left it a bit late in 2003 to fit in my annual attendance upon Her Gracious Majesty Our Noble Queen but the State Opening of Parliament was a very fitting occasion when it came, full of pomp and ceremony and steeped in centuries of political and Royal history.

I watched the procession from Buckingham Palace to Parliament, first of the Crown and then of The Queen-in-Parliament Herself, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
2004 22nd October 2004 HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY THE QUEEN
UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER


Another opportunity to attend a regional visit arose in October 2004 when I learned of the Gracious Visit of Her Most Excellent Majesty The Queen to Manchester University. I arrived at 8.30am before the barriers even were in place and occupied a front-row position whilst waiting for a twenty-second glimpse of Our Noble Queen.
2005 July 2005 HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY THE QUEEN
WORLD WAR II COMMEMORATIONS


Only a couple of days after the London bombings, but that spiteful act of cowardice wasn't going to stop me being on the front row along the Mall once again for the events to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War, which ended with an open-top motorcar procession down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace by Her Most Gracious Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and a Balcony Appearance with a fly-past of World War II aircraft and a poppy drop from the Lancaster Bomber.
2006 17th June 2006 HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY THE QUEEN
H.M. THE QUEEN'S EIGHTIETH BIRTHDAY PARADE, HORSE GUARDS


I was delighted to be notified of an allocation of tickets to attend Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday Parade, for the first time in seven years. There is a full pictoral report of the glorious event here!
2007 5th April 2007 HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY THE QUEEN
MAUNDY THURSDAY CEREMONY, MANCHESTER CATHEDRAL


As soon as I learnt about the historic decision to hold the 2007 Maundy Thursday service at Manchester Cathedral, I put in train plans to be there on the front row for my annual attendance upon Her Noble Majesty Our Glorious Queen. Please click here to see the pictures!
19th November 2007 HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY THE QUEEN AND HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH
DIAMOND WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS, WESTMINSTER


Sixty years of marriage was celebrated by a special service at Westminster Abbey following by the unveiling of a new Jubilee Walkway Panoramic Panel. I was on the front row again, outside the Abbey, and captured the events with my camera, which you can see more of here.
2008 28th February 2008 HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY THE QUEEN AND HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH
MANCHESTER


As soon as I heard about the visit to Manchester in about December 2007, I booked my front row place and I wasn't disappointed. As a special bonus to this very exciting day, I was allowed to take some photographs of the Royal Train at Victoria Station. Sovereign, Consort and conveyance can all be seen here.
14th June 2008 HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY THE QUEEN
H.M. THE QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY PARADE, HORSE GUARDS


It was touch and go whether I would get a ticket to the Birthday Parade this year, only finding out for certain a week before! I got some very good pictures, which you can see here.
2009 11th November 2009 HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY THE QUEEN AND HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH
SERVICE TO MARK THE PASSING OF THE WORLD WAR ONE GENERATION, WESTMINSTER ABBEY


A solemn moment of remembrance for Armistice Day 2009 with a special service held at Westminster Abbey to remember those who fought in the Great War, who are no longer with us. To see more, please click here.
2010 26th March 2010 HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER
VISIT TO ROCHDALE


I had a bit of trouble getting information on this Royal Visit, just a couple of miles up the road from home. All the press interest was in the Bury Black Pudding factory, part of the same day of engagements, but I telephoned Buckingham Palace Public Information Office for the details so I could arrive in plenty of time. I was within six inches of a Royal Duke, as you will be able to see here.
12th June 2010 HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY THE QUEEN
H.M. THE QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY PARADE, HORSE GUARDS


The first event in what turned out to be a very Royal month! A new angle for the 2010 Birthday Parade, which you can see here.
14th June 2010 HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY THE QUEEN
GARTER PROCESSION, WINDSOR CASTLE


Two days later, and it was back down south for my first attendance at the Garter Day procession, following a surprise ticket allocation - see all about it here.
28th June 2010 HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCESS ROYAL
PORTCURNO TELEGRAPH MUSEUM, CORNWALL


Two weeks later and I had the chance to attend a regional Royal Visit whilst on holiday in Cornwall.
2011 29th April 2011 ROYAL WEDDING

A very, very early start paid off at the Wedding of His Royal Highness The Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton as I got a front-row position and superb view of the ceremonial processions and then the balcony appearance. With some ultra-size photographs of this most wonderful day here.
2012 23rd March 2012 HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY THE QUEEN AND HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH
DIAMOND JUBILEE VISIT TO MANCHESTER


I am so glad to have been part of the Diamond Jubilee Visit to Manchester, one of the earliest events in the Jubilee calendar. I had a good position at the train station and at the Town Hall, so you can see everything here.
June 2012 HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY THE QUEEN
DIAMOND JUBILEE CENTRAL WEEKEND


Nothing, but nothing, would have kept me away from the Diamond Jubilee Central Weekend, not even the teeming rain, and sure enough, I was at the River Pageant, Diamond Jubilee Concert and then on the Mall from 5am to take up a front-row position to see the Carriage Procession and Balcony Appearance and Fly-Past. It's all here.
2013 11th March 2013 HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH
COMMONWEALTH DAY OBSERVANCE, WESTMINSTER ABBEY


My first Royal attendance of 2013 was an abortive attempt to see Her Majesty The Queen, but I did see His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, as you can see here.
7th May 2013 HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY THE QUEEN AND HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH
TEMPLE CHURCH


An extra opportunity arose after I had already booked my trip to London for the State Opening of Parliament. I learnt that the evening before, Her Majesty and His Royal Highness would be attending choral evensong at Temple Church, so I turned up, ignored all Police advice, and consequently had a front-row view of our Sovereign and Consort as you can see here.
8th May 2013 HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY THE QUEEN AND HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH
STATE OPENING OF PARLIAMENT


I was on the Mall at 8.30am for a front-row view of the coach processions for the 2013 State Opening of Parliament, a truly remarkable occasion, being the sixtieth time Her Majesty has opened Parliament, a record number that no other Monarch has even approached - and you can see the photographs here.
8th May 2013 HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH
HQS WELLINGTON EXHIBITION


Just two hours later and The Duke of Edinburgh was on duty again, opening an exhibition about the Battle of the Atlantic at HQS Wellington. I was there, too, as you can see here.
13th June 2013 HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE COUNTESS OF WESSEX
ROYAL OLDHAM HOSPITAL


A rainy, windswept day - as you might expect - for a Royal Visit very close to home, which you can see here.
17th June 2013 HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY THE QUEEN
GARTER PROCESSION, WINDSOR CASTLE


My second attendance at the annual Garter Day procession at Windsor - which took place at a very troubling time but ended with some very good news - learn about it here.
14th November 2013 HER MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY THE QUEEN AND HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH
CO-OPERATIVE HEADQUARTERS, MANCHESTER


It's not every day I can fit in a Royal Visit on my way to work, and to be honest I did set off about four hours early, and tell them I'd be in a bit late. I could hardly be forgiven if I'd missed this one, being about 10 minutes from where I work!


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