What excitement – accompanied by Peter my husband and Peregrine our 20 year old son and met up with the High Sheriffs of Clwyd and Shropshire before going into the extraordinary gardens at Buckingham Palace. A chance viewing of Alan Titchmarsh’s programme on the gardens meant we were prepared and took a complete tour before heading to the great lawn. Getting together with 8997 others made it feel like a festival! It was a masterful exhibition of organisation with the Beefeaters and Queen’s bodyguard protecting the royal party and acting as a very elegant crowd control in their top hats, morning coats and red carnations. I was introduced to Prince Edward and bumped into several old friends which was fun. After getting a very good view of The Queen, Prince Phillip and William and Kate – we headed for the tea tent. 36000 delicious sandwiches, homemade cakes and all produced and handled with no fuss. Their departure was equally elegant with all the wheelchair uses lined up along the path so that the royal party could chat to them on the way – a lovely gesture. We got home late with rather sore feet.