December 16th, 2016

Our day at Westminster Palace

Big Ben across the river Thames
Victoria Tower and Big ben
Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster
Designed by Augustus Pugin in 1859, the tower was originally called the Clock Tower.
It was renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II.

The London Eye or Millennium Wheel, is a 135 metres (443 ft) tall, cantilevered observation wheel with a diameter of 120 metres (394 ft).
When opened in 2000 it was the world's tallest Ferris wheel.
 
Whitehall Court and The Royal Horseguards Hotel
London Eye impact protection Boom with Whitehall Court in the background
Timber carousel manufactured in 1999 by the Mardi Gras Company.
Jubilee Garden, South Bank, London
Carol singers outside the
Royal Festival Hall, London
Market Day at the South Bank Centre, London
Street performers at the Jubilee Park and Garden, Southbank, London
Blue Plaque commemorating the poet Rudyard Kipling, located at 43 Villiers Street, Charing Cross, London
Kipling lived at this address from 1889 to 1891.
Rachael entering Westminster Palace
Battle of Britain Memorial.
A 25m bronze and granite scupture
by Paul Day, 2005.
Victoria Embankment, London
Westminster from outside the rail
Westminster from inside the rail, complete with our VIP badges.
The Great Hall, built in 1097 under William II (Rufus)
Current display in the Great Hall
Westminster Palace
Memorial Plaques to Queen Mary
and King George V.
Great Hall, Westminster Palace
Chained Hart of Richard II
Great Hall, Westminster Palace
Corbel of the arms of Richard II
Great Hall, Westminster Palace
The Great Hall we see today was designed by Henry Yevele for
Richard II in 1394. Richard's badge,
a chained hart, is repeated along the string-course or cornice.
Rachael walks the Minton tiled floor of St. Stephen's Hall, Westminster Palace
The Diamond Jubilee Window
Designed by John Reyntiens.
Great Hall, Westminster Palace
King Edward III commands the rebuilding of St Stephen's Chapel
Stained glass memorial window in St Stephen's Porch
The Chapel of St. Mary Undercroft, Palace of Westminster
The body of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was kept in St Mary Undercroft on the night before her funeral in April 2013.
Gillian, Rachael and Dr. Mark Collins,
Head Historian of Westminster Palace, discuss the treasures of the palace.
St. Stephen's Hall with paintings depicting important events
in English history.
Statues of famous parliamentarians face one another on either side of
St. Stephen's Hall
Ten stained glass windows above the paintings in
St. Stephen's Hall
Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine
St. Stephen's Hall
King John
St. Stephen's Hall
Berengaria of Navarre
St. Stephen's Hall
These windows depict the arms of various cities and boroughs in the UK
Big ben at 5.12pm
Christmas decorations and a street parade in Regent Street, London
Taking the underground back to Morden. Little Miss and Mr man greet us on our return.

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