After the new little Prince of Cambridge was born, photographers were ready to pack up their tents and cameras and head home. Even they are tired of standing around talking about nothing 20 hours a day. The crowds have thinned a bit at St. Mary’s Hospital, but not at the Palace. I walked through Green Park this morning and saw thousands of people crowding the gates, hoping to glimpse the Royal Birth Announcement (PS, it’s quite small a la the Mona Lisa effect).
It’s been a fabulous few days. Patriotic colors spun around the edge of the London Eye in celebration and the BT Tower proclaimed “It’s A Boy!” It was a celebration all round the world.
Today, crowds piled into Green Park and the Tower of London to witness two Royal Gun Salutes. The Green Park salute was a 41 gun salute, twenty more than the traditional celebratory 21 gun because it takes place in a Royal Park. There are rules, you know. The Tower was 62 guns…the standard 21, plus 20 for a Royal fortress and an additional 21 as a tribute from the City of London. Got it? It is a spectacular thing to watch. The band marched entertained the waiting crowd with a weird playlist that included the theme from Indiana Jones and a few Star Wars numbers, rounded out with Rule, Britannia. Not sure what that all means, but it kept everyone quiet. A few minutes before 2:00pm, The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery came barreling down Green Park on horseback, caissons in tow , disengaged the guns and kept riding on. If you’re wondering why I posted the YouTube video instead of my own, it’s because I had my camera on the wrong setting for the 45 seconds it took them to ride by. Yes, I was sad/mad. Still am, but enjoy the concept.
Happy Birthday, Little Prince.