I went home (just in time to watch the balcony scene on tv) and thought that was that. However the band saw the picture on my Flickr account and suggested I tweeted it to them their twitter account.
Trooping the Colour the following week. Fantastic I thought, some more great shots. But then I was invited to go the barracks! Amazing! Luckily for me ceremonial events happen throughout the week so I could visit on a Saturday (as I work 9-5, Mon to Fri)
And so my friend Sophie and I arrived dutifully at 9am to be met by Fraser who had made the initial contact on Flickr. The barracks are a stones throw (or one street) away from Harrods and house an amazing 240 horses and backs on to Hyde Park which is they use for exercises
The stables are on three levels with another level underneath to deal with what I can only imagine be a colossal amount of manure - no wonder the Queen's roses look so good!
The Band are actually based in Windsor but come up to London on a regular basis for ceremonial duties. They weren't going to be mounted for the changing of the guard so while we waited for Fraser to get his uniform on we had the opportunity to watch the Horseguards get ready. Now I'm used to seeing the Horseguards on Parade or on guard so it was odd to see them getting ready to go out.
In order to avoid getting their boots scuffed they are put on once they have mounted. I found this very fascinating so apologies for my obsession with feet!
And so our visit was almost over as we watched the band leave Wellington Barracks to march up to Clarence House to start their march down the Mall. I must admit I did have to stand my ground for my view against what felts like a wave of tourists. Due to road works on the Mall (I'm assuming in preparation of the Olympics) there were few places for great views. But we stood firm and got fantastic views.