I took a few pictures to give a flavour of the event which I am pleasantly surprised at the results. This does of course allow for low light, heads, arms and pillars. The first few show the troops gathering to welcome Her Majesty.
She was preceded by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Then The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrived by carriage.
Perhaps one irritation at this stage was the press. Our seats were directly opposite The Royal Box and by an aisle. A handful of press photographers settled themselves on the steps by us with their huge lenses. They then proceeded to talk to each other speculating as to who the guests in The Royal Box were and what they were wearing. The plus side was that I could glance over their shoulders and see the most remarkable close ups in their camera screens particularly of The Duchess of Cambridge (no surprise there). Fortunately they were shuffled out as the real action commenced.
Here is a small taster of what we saw. I could have taken more but I wanted to totally take in every minute. The Coronation.
The Royal Cavalry of Oman.
The Fijian Armed Forces Band and Dancers.
The Queen's horses.
Highland Games and dancing.
A very special birthday cake.
The finale with Shirley Bassey singing Diamonds are for Ever.
Her Majesty leaves to waves, cheers and waving flags. This flag particularly badly placed!
We returned to our coach (not horse driven!) feeling totally satisfied with the floodlit Windsor Castle looking down on us and imagining that Her Royal Highness had already reached home for her evening cocoa!
We have many lasting memories that we have brought home with us.