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HM Queen Elizabeth II visits Melbourne

I heard on the news a while back that Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh were going to visit Australia and were also planning to visit Melbourne. Given Her Majesty’s age I figured it would probably be her last visit over here and decided I would give the kids the day off school and see if we could catch a glimpse of a gloved hand peeping out of a limousine. Well, I didn’t want to sell it too much in case that really was all they saw.

So, off we went today to try to find a place on their 4 hour whistle-stop tour of Melbourne. I thought it best not to turn up too early, after all, we’d only have had to forfeit our places when one or both of the kids needed to go to the toilet. We arrived at about 10:30am and got to Federation Square at about 10:50am. We understood Her Royal Highness was due to arrive there shortly after noon.

The Police had made a walk way for the Queen to exit the Ian Potter Gallery and somehow my two kids managed to get to the front of the barriers and, lucky for me, there was a table about 3 feet behind crying out for a vertically challenged photographer to stand on it:-)

I have to say, it wasn’t a bad vantage point…

I love this one, she turns away from the crowd to keep an eye on her husband. One can hardly blame her, we all know he can get himself into trouble occasionally.

It never ceases to amaze me just how radiant The Queen is. She looked amazing. I wonder if she wants that brooch when she’s done with it? In case you read this Ma’am, I’m not too proud to accept hand-me-downs.

At this point I am not quite sure what Prince Phillip was looking at…

…but it certainly seemed to amuse him.

All too quickly, Her Majesty was off on her way to meet the rest of the crowds.

At this stage, I will admit that I did shed a little tear. The whole atmosphere was amazing and very overwhelming.

We then went down to the Yarra River Bank and saw the ‘Royal Tram’ pass over Prices Bridge.

We let the Queen change attire before Georgia managed a quick photo-op:-)

I’m so glad I let the kids have the day off. They were literally inches away from her and said it had been one of their best ever days. I have to agree, it’s not every day to get to stand next to the most famous woman on the planet.

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