Dress Rehearsal

I was walking over Westminster Bridge today and saw a rather nice Dutch barge on the water. I wondered if it was one of the many boats that’ll be taking part in Sunday. By the time I got my camera out it was too late for a photograph.

Looking towards Lambeth Bridge, I saw some boats travelling in what looked like formation.


I kept looking and was rewarded. It was the Royal Marines and I think they were having a dress rehearsal. My father was a Royal Marine Commando in the Second World War, and seeing this made me think of him. This chap looks happy.

Everyone I have spoken to who is in London on Sunday is planning to watch the flotilla so the chances of getting of a good view seem remote, so seeing these marines today was a real bonus.

Meanwhile, the windows of St Stephen’s Tower were being cleaned by this brave fellow.

St Stephen’s Window Cleaning

12 thoughts on “Dress Rehearsal

  1. Glad you were able to get some dress rehearsal photos – if there will be a million people milling around, you’re right – chances of any good photo ops may be slim!

    Pam and Sam

    • Just to see it would be great. let alone take photos. I did see the commemoration of Nelson’s funeral barge flotilla several years ago from a vantage point on the HMS Belfast. That was amazing.

    • Had I been really keen (or got to bed earlier) I could have watched the full dress rehearsals the street this morning at five with the horses and the golden carriage. The windows are the Speaker’s apartments, so I imagine John Bercow may be planning to watch from there.

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