Gilded Figure of Victory, Buckingham Palace
(click on her to see her grandeur)
What will I do when I no longer have all these inspirations to share my photography?
The first place that I had to see when John and I visited London a few years ago was Buckingham Palace. I just couldn't believe that I was standing in front of this palace that I had seen and read about in storybooks. What girl doesn't like to see a real life fairytale?
I was nine years old when I watched very early one morning as Lady Diana wed her Prince Charles. I can't begin to tell you as a young girl the wonder that I had that day....the carriage, the dress, the kiss. Did any of you watch their wedding on that clear July day in 1981(obviously, boys don't need to answer)? Years later I would realize Diana was a little girl on that day just like me. Very young, very naive. No doubt the pressures of having to grow up in such a public way were incredibly painful. I think we all know the rest of her story. As for me, I grew up and found my prince that God had prepared just for me. I am so thankful for him.
I have been back to Buckingham Palace MANY times since that first time I stood at the gates. Everytime I go, my eyes are usually fixed on this figure that adorns the top of the memorial to Queen Victoria in front of the palace. This was built in 1911 to honor the longest reigning monarch in British history. She ruled for 64 years. This romantic, winged figure is named Victory. I can't even count how many photos I have taken of her. A few days ago I snapped this one and it's my favorite. I love her gilded color and her feminine but strong stance.
Her beauty captivates me....what do you think of when you see her?