The State Visit of TM The King & Queen of Spain to Oxford July 2017

The King and Queen arriving in HM Queen Elizabeth II's State Bentley

The Spanish Flag flying on the State Bentley

The very large motorcade of The Royal Couple

The Spanish Entourage

The Queen disappears under all the flowers she received!

It was a state visit that had been postponed twice. After their state arrival in London and visits in the capital and two Banquets, on the last day of their 3 day stay, they came to Oxford for an away-day of visits.

Arriving at the Weston Library, Their Majesties were greeted by a large crowd and also a group of schoolchildren waving spanish flags. There to greet them was the Chancellor of Oxford, 
Lord Patten.

As they left to walk to the Divinity School in the Bodleian Library, they went on a brief walkabout taking flowers. I was lucky enough to hand over some flowers from my garden to the Queen. 'British Flowers smell so much more beautiful' she said, and looked genuinelly thrilled to have them. I said it had been lovely to see then in the UK and hoped they had enjoyed their stay, Yes, they had a lovely time.

There were a lot of spanish citizens in the crowd who enthuastically should EL REY & EL REINA as the couple came in sight.

After lunch and speeches, the Royal Couple again left the 
Bodleian to walk to Exeter College.

It had indeed been an amazing end to a visit, by a particularly stylish couple who left many happy memories for those who were lucky enough to see them.

The Funeral of Countess Mountbatten of Burma

Philip Knatchbull

Michael John Knatchbull

Timothy Knatchbull with his wife Isabella and their children

India Hicks

Lady Pamela Hicks

The New Earl & Countess Mountbatten of Burma

The Queen tenderly touches Prince Philip's hand as they arrive at the service.

The Royal Family were out in force for the Funeral Service of Countess Mountbatten of Burma.
Held in St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London on Tuesday 27th June 2017.

The Countess had an amazing life, and in 1979 suffered great tragedy when her family were involved in the IRA attack which killed her Father, Lord Louis Mountbatten, and one of her sons, Amongst others killed were her Mother-in-Law and a local young boy. It was one of the worst, high profile attacks and unimaginable to think what she went through.The Countess was severly injured herself, along with her husband, Lord Brabourne. Remaining in hospital for many months with her severe injuries.

Fifteen members of the Royal Family attended the Funeral, along with the Countess's family, relations and friends. Amongst those attending were HM The Queen, TRH Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Sophie Countess of Wessex, Princess Alexandra, The Duchess of Gloucester, Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Anne and her husband Timothy Laurence, Lady Helen and Tim Taylor, Lady Sarah Chatto, The Earl of St Andrews and his son Lord Downpatrick.

Her coffin was solemnly taken from the church after the 55 minute service by members of the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Light Infantry ) 2PPCXLI, known as 'The Patricias'. Whilst the Bell of the Church Tolled its tribute.

Her children watched as her coffin was placed back in the hearse. The new Earl Mountbatten (formerly Norton Romsey, later Brabourne on his fathers death) looked very fragile as his wife, Penny, Countess Mountbatten of Burma held onto him.

The Queen and Prince Philip left first, with many members of the Family going to a family reception at the Berkeley Hotel next to the Church. Some royals left by car at the front entrance, smiling at well-wishers and press.

It was a solemn occasion to pay tribute to a remarkable lady. A chapter of history having been closed with her death.