Historic weekend in London

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Mackintosh REALTORS 82894
Our trip to Europe ended with being part of unintended history. On the morning of September 9th the Eastern Mediterranean cruise, we were on returned to Venice, and then our group flew to London. Upon hearing the news of Queen Elizabeth's passing we were notified our pre-planned tour of Buckingham Palace had been canceled.
As we arrived at Heathrow Airport, hours after the announcement of the Queen's death, you could feel the magnitude of the loss of the United Kingdom's magnificent monarch. Everywhere we went there were messages of condolence and pictures of QE II. 

Saturday morning walking through Hyde Park they were preparing for a gun salute to QE II. As we made our way to Buckingham Palace there were large crowds, thousands of flowers left in the park and at the gates. We saw the Royal Amy on horseback coming and going to Hyde Park.

When we reached Trafalgar Square there was a Black Lives Matter protest, probably George Soros funded and organized, in progress. Very poor timing trying to hijack attention during a period of the morning.
After walking everywhere the previous day we decided to get on the Hop On, Hop Off Bus Sunday morning. Our first stop was St. Paul's, while the cathedral was closed to the public we were able to attend a portion of the first service after the Queen's passing. This was a very moving experience.
The next stop was the Tower of London, where we came upon the ceremony of the proclamation reading of naming Charles III as King of England.
There were so many people filing by the Palace that many of the streets were closed which made it hard for the buses and taxis to get around. As we walked through Hyde Park on our last day they were preparing for the media onslaught by delivering hundreds of porto johns and construction trailers creating a media city. 
I mentioned to the friends we were with I felt like Forest Gump walking through history. It was truly a surreal weekend and the end of a memorable trip to Europe.

Comments (20)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Buzz - thank you for sharing your Forrest Gump-like moment in history.  It's been years since I have been to England but some of the sights (and experiences) seem permanently etched in my mind.  Like everywhere else time marches on - although the significance of her passing, makes your visit especially memorable.  

Sep 17, 2022 09:19 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Michael Jacobs very true, the sights do become etched in your mind. This was my first time back to London since I was in high school 42 years ago.

Sep 17, 2022 09:55 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

A BLM protest after the death of the Queen? That is awful. What is our world coming to?

Sep 17, 2022 09:36 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty we asked one of the Bobbies what was going on and he indicated a policeman was involved in a shooting that a black person had been killed. Seems as though they are trying to turn that into their George Floyd moment.

Sep 17, 2022 09:51 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Oh wow, Buzz... what an end to a European trip... something you will clearly never forget. I have high school classmates who had been travelling through Europe through most of September and they also landed in London just before the Queen died. No doubt this was a once and last in a lifetime experience.

Sep 17, 2022 09:58 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Nina Hollander, Broker it was a little chaotic making our way around London, but your right, it will be a trip I will not forget!

Sep 17, 2022 02:21 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Wow Buzz talk about timing - that was it. I can only imagine the feeling and energy all around town last week.  And you for sure, were walking through history. Amazing really.  And for pete's sake - a blm protest. Ridiculous. With all the bad press they've been getting you'd think they would have disbanded by now.  Maybe not in England i guess.  I'm glad you had the opportunity to experience this past week.

Sep 17, 2022 10:23 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker this was definitely a once in a lifetime experience. The BLM protest was disgraceful. They chanted "No justice , No peace" and blocked the streets. Very poor timing for a protest. 

Sep 17, 2022 02:26 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Buzz, for sharing your experience in London.

We have watched many hours of the news reports.

Sep 17, 2022 02:07 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

Roy Kelley in London QE II & King Charles III are on TV 24 / 7 . It's the end of an era and the beginning of the next.

Sep 17, 2022 02:29 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Buzz- what a bonus to your trip and yes...there you were walking through history. Thank you for the pictures. I would want to take in every moment. And yes, unthinkable to have a BLM "show" funded by we know who. To what end??? 

Sep 17, 2022 03:00 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

Kathy Streib  it was definitely an added bonus after being in Venice and Croatia the previous week. Everywhere we went in London we seemed to be in the prefect place to see a special ceremony or service and unfortunately the protest too. 

Sep 17, 2022 04:45 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Buzz Mackintosh you were extremely lucky to be able to experience first hand what the rest of us got to see on TV.

Looking forward to your ActiveRain Weekly ZOOM Meeting presentation on Tuesday.

Sep 17, 2022 04:10 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

George Souto I'm currently working on my third property rights blog on our on going local issue that should post tomorrow. I've had allot of catching up to do from being overseas for the last two weeks. Will have quite a bit of material for Tuesdays Zoom.

Sep 17, 2022 04:52 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

No one does pomp and circumstance like the British do.  Those are great photos, Buzz.

Sep 17, 2022 04:40 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

So true Myrl Jeffcoat and thank you for the feature !

Sep 17, 2022 04:57 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Buzz, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Sep 17, 2022 04:41 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Sep 17, 2022 07:28 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

Thanks for the feature Kathy Streib !

Sep 18, 2022 03:16 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Buzz Mackintosh - My daughter was in flight on British Airways and after leaving Heathrow Airport about midway, the Pilot made the somber announcement about the Queen's passing. The movie she was watching was interrupted and passengers (mostly British were weeping). For the rest of the trip the sound of crying was unbearable. 

Your pictures are now historic and the memories you have of ending your cruise will not be forgotten. It must have been difficult to experience a protest at a time like this. How very, very sad to be caught up in what should have been the best part of your cruise trip. I hope the rest of the trip was enjoyable. 


Sep 18, 2022 01:36 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP I'm sure that is a flight your Daughter will not soon forget.

Sep 18, 2022 03:18 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Buzz Mackintosh - and it was a trip you will never forget either. Those pictures were amazing and so moving they tug at my heart. I can't imagine walking about and traveling to see all that you saw. The eyes never stopped seeing, the feelings never went away, and the thoughts must have been on overload. Truly, an unforgettable life experience!

Sep 18, 2022 04:12 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Wow, talk about timing. You were indeed part of the history of a nation in mourning and you won't ever forget those days.

Sep 18, 2022 04:57 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Buzz. They say "timing is everything"! Sometimes you can control it and sometimes you don't. What an ending to your trip. Enjoy your day.

Sep 18, 2022 05:39 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, what a time to be there, I am sure the mood all around was a bit different than it normally is there.

Sep 18, 2022 06:23 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Buzz Mackintosh ,

You definitely had a memorial ending to your trip. I've been to London many times and always in "awe" of the pomp and circumstance of the British! Your pictures are wonderful and this is a moment in history that you will never forget as being there experiencing the whole atmosphere and incredible grieving from all of England.

Sep 18, 2022 06:45 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Good morning and thank you for sharing your photos and experience during this sad, but historic event. My best friend and her husband were there before and after the Queen's passing. She shared with me it was surreal with all the respect and sorrow that everyone was having. She also shared she was glad they had done all their touring prior to the Queen's death because everything was shutting down for the period of mourning.

Sep 18, 2022 06:53 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Wow, what a historic time to be in London. Thank you so much for sharing. Our two trips to England are high among my favorite travel adventures.

Sep 18, 2022 11:24 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Buzz loved your presentation today, caught the end of it only I am afraid. This must have been so surreal. As a Brit, I can only imagine how things were. Queen Elizabeth II has been there all my life, so many thing must change with a new monarch, our passports, our national anthem, phone boxes, mail boxes etc. etc. I spent Monday morning watching the funeral and was surprised how emotional I was during parts of the ceremony. Glad you made it home.

Sep 20, 2022 12:39 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Buzz:

That is quite the story! What a momentous time to be in London.

Your photos are wonderful, and no doubt there are some amazing memories!


Oct 08, 2022 07:42 PM