Order of the Garter WINDSOR CASTLE June 13th 2016

















The Order of the Garter is an event known for its Pomp and Pageantry. Sadly this year the weather put hold to that!! 

The decision was taken early on that morning to cancel the procession, despite the showers fading and bright sunshine, so all the guests, Knights and Queen and Royal Family drove to St George's Chapel and back to Windsor Castle. 

The Duchess of Cambridge was vivid in Red. As was 
Zenouska Mowatt, Grandaughter to Princess Alexandra who walked back. 

Sir John and Dame Norma Major also delighted the crowds by walking as did the two newest Knights, Sir David Brewer and Lord Shuttleworth.  

The Heralds brightened up the day too, you may spot Alastair Bruce, a Commentator on UK Sky News and also consultant on Downton Abbey.

Photographs Copyright: Paul Ratcliffe

Trooping the Colour LONDON June 11th 2016

















































The Queen's Birthday Parade, Trooping the Colour took place in London on Saturday 11th June.

In a Carriage procession, The Duchess of Cornwall travelled with Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge. Behind them the York's and Duke of Kent, and then the Wessex's in the third Carriage.

The Queen, wearing a vibrant shade of Green was beside her husband, with Princess Anne and Prince's Charles and William on horseback.

The Mall was lined by Bearskin wearing soldiers, and it was a huge day of Pomp and Pageantry.

I was fortunate enough to get to the front of the railings of Buckingham, Palace for the Balcony apprarance, and of course it was the  young Cambridge children who stole the show. Princess Charlotte looking adorable cradled in her mothers arms.

The finale of the flypast was the Red Arrows. As ever a great day, and this was I think one of ther best parades in recent years!

Photographs copyright: Paul Ratcliffe