When you think about Buckingham Palace, not only is this picture one that wouldn’t come to mind, but it is likely one that you won’t recognize. Just last night, I showed it to a British friend who didn’t recognize it, and who would blame him? But, walking the sidewalk along Constitution Hill, I couldn’t help but notice this formidable security barrier atop the brick wall surrounding the palace grounds.
Perhaps, you were expecting something more decorative, like that below, which surrounds the courtyard in front of the palace. This is a grand and impressive fence, especially when the sun hits the gold gilt, but it’s also showing its age as you see the rust coming through.
It gets much better when you look at the lions guarding the gates. Masterful sculpture.
And, finally, the palace itself, with the Queen Victoria Memorial to the right (more on this in my next post). I’m afraid that I was more partial to the tulips than to the palace. They were much more lively.