Sarah and I have just returned to our home base with some excellent photographic images in hand from The Windsor Castle Royal Tattoo. The tattoo is a new addition to the programme of the venerable Royal Windsor Horse Show, which the organisers are hoping to repeat again next year.
Unlike like the cooler (and wetter!) northern regions of Britain, the weather in Windsor was a very balmy 78 degrees. The audience of the evening spectacular were provided with an extra treat due to the surprise attendance by HM Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh, who made the short trek from the nearby castle in their Land Rover. The royal viewing box was just a few feet away from our assigned photographic position, and by all appearances the royal couple were thoroughly enjoying the show.
In addition to the Household Cavalry and the massed Scottish bagpipe bands, personnel of the British armed forces who have recently returned from tours of duty in Iraq and Afganistan were greeted by a standing ovation when they enterred the equestrian arena. This was definitely a memorable evening for all who were present.