Not one person in line today, not a one other than school groups that seemed to go in a separate entrance. We strolled right in, took the audio headphone tour, wondered how many Anne’s, Mary’s, Elizabeth’s, Richard’s and Henry’s there could be – our heads were swimming in royal deaths. The beauty of the abbey can not be understated -as your might expect though, you’ll have to see it for yourselves as no photographs allowed inside.
As you enter, you see the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior lined with red poppies. It’s one of the few spots you don’t tread upon since many places along the church floor are large tombstone plaques. It seemed wrong to walk ON them but you couldn’t avoid them all. We saw someone who was buried there as recently as 2011, Rear Admiral Kenneth Arthur Snow, Receiver General and Chapter Clerk of Westminster Abbey.
The RAF chapel was among the most memorable, dedicated to the men who died in the Battle of Britain between July and October 1940.
Others buried here – Poets, Chaucer, Lord Byron, Dylan Thomas, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, composer Handel, Charles Dickens, even Sir Lawrence Olivier.
We came back to the hotel and looked at photos of weddings and funerals there to get a sense of the layout as we see it on television. We felt pretty stupid with regards to understanding British history but immensely enjoyed the tour.
The plan after the Abbey was to tour the Parliament buildings but no tours until Saturday as parliament is in session. Boo hoo.
We walked back to the hotel via the embankment road, catching a good glimpse of the London Eye.
Tomorrow is either Greenwich or up to the Tower and Bridge area. You’ll be the third to know. 😁😀