One year ago today, our entire family was enjoying the thrill of a once in a lifetime adventure. Through the thoughtful donation of Make-A-Wish Foundation, we were in London! Yes, Anna’s special wish was that her whole family could have the opportunity to see and experience the rich history of London, England. This wish was granted, and we spent nine full days doing the “tourist thing”. With a six bedroom flat to pillow our heads each night, we had a blast exploring the city all around us. Some of the places we went to included (but not limited to) the Tower of London, the National Art Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey, and the London Eye.
Each afternoon, we took the time to rest and relax at a park. Hyde Park, St. James Park, and Green Park were all very lovely places to let the littles run around freely while others stretched out on the lawn and took a little nap. During one of these restful stops we were startled by the very loud noise of a royal helicopter. We allowed the children to run in the direction of Kensington Palace to try to get a glimpse of what Royal may be getting dropped off. As the children approached, they were informed that is was Princess Ann, the Queen’s daughter! They watched her walk from the helicopter to a car that was waiting for her. Also, while standing in front of Buckingham Palace, the guard kindly told us to make way for a vehicle to come through, he leaned in close and told us to watch closely to see if we could identify who would be driving passed us. He couldn’t tell us yet, but he would be sure to tell us after the cars were gone. We watched closely, only seeing an outline of a man wave to us as they drove by. We asked once they were gone who it was…it was the Prime Minister!!! And then while at Windsor Castle, the Queen’s flag was flying high, meaning she was in residence. While touring the castle, we did notice a black vehicle off by the residential side and a couple of my children saw it drive away. We realized as we were preparing to leave that the Union Jack was now flying overhead, meaning the Queen was no longer there. After inquiring with a worker, we did find out that vehicle had the Queen in it, though we didn’t actually get to see HER, it was still pretty neat. If we had been at the right place at the right time, we could have gotten a glimpse!
Our family LOVES history, and this trip was definitely up our alley! There are so many wonderful things, it would take forever to get to see it all! So, while we didn’t get to do and see everything we would’ve liked to, we were blessed beyond measure! We are still so grateful to Make-A-Wish for sending our family on such a memorable and fascinating trip! We made so many happy memories, this will forever be a special time for us.