Of course I couldn't visit London without going to the State residence of Her Majesty the Queen. Buckingham Palace has been visited by so many famous people, including a number of our American Presidents. But right now the Queen is not at home - she's spending Christmas at one of her other palaces. How can you tell? It's easy. You see that flagpole on the very top of the portico (a very grand word for porch) - well, when Her Majesty is in residence at Buckingham Palace, the Royal Standard flies from that flagpole.
I'm sorry this isn't a better picture but Great-aunt Helen was so busy looking at all the beautiful thing that she couldn't keep still! There are so many lovely rooms in Buckingham Palace crammed with exquisite furniture and pictures and China - it really is a fairytale palace! Just look at those huge chandeliers!
This staircase is so beautiful - you can imagine great ladies and gentlemen sweeping down to a grand ball! There are pictures of the Queen's ancestors everywhere.
Yes, another picture gallery! The Queen owns so many pictures that there isn't room for all of them in her house so she made a special gallery that people can come in to and see a selection of her pictures. it has a nice little portico, much cosier that the one at the front of the Palace. Inside there's a really cool gift shop packed with beautiful things, even sweet little baby onesies with "His Royal Highness" and "Her Royal Highness" on the front!
Twelfth Night, 6 January, is the last of the Twelve Days of Christmas. By tradition all Christmas decorations are put away on this day. So I was very lucky to see one of the Queen's many Christmas trees in the Queen's Gallery the day before it was taken down. It was very tall, almost all the way to the ceiling, about fifteen feet high, and it was decorated with just simple white lights and dozens of purple and gold Royal crowns. I thought that was a wonderful sight for my last outing in London!
On Twelfth Night I started packing to head on to the next stage of my adventures. I won't tell you where I'm going - it will be a surprise! But I can promise you I'm not going to need my new winter boots for a while!
Sent on behalf of Mini Josie by her British great-aunt
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