Watching the splendid Trooping of the Queen’s Colour (read about purpose/timing) last Thursday morning, which began Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the notion of a ‘Change of the Guard’ for Great Britain just dropped into my mind at a particularly symbolic part of the proceedings.
It happened when Prince Charles and his son William – both heirs to the throne – rode on horseback into Buckingham Palace and through its archway below the balcony where the Queen was taking the salute of the the troops marching past the Palace. The Prince of Wales, with William and the Princess Royal, had represented Her Majesty at the ceremony.
I got a distinct sense of their arrival and 2022 being 70 years of the Queen’s service to Britain as marking much more than the on-going transition of her duties to the ‘working family’ but now accelerating as the Lord brings about His purposes into her people and land. I was also reminded of how Nina had been almost ‘floored’ during Trooping the Colour six years ago upon seeing the Lord’s word appear across our TV “This is My country!”
Only two minutes later, as though by way of confirmation, the BBC’s transmission went on to show the squad of Palace foot-guards being changed! [Click to play BBC iPlayer and run from 2:30:00 mark]
Huw Edwards remarks, “We have a very visible sign of the Changing of the Guard in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, and Her Majesty returns inside. We will see her again, fear not.”
On Wednesday Veronika West had published this brief word and reminder:
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