Rose­bud roy­al­ists front row at Queen’s 90th birthday cel­e­bra­tion in Lon­don

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

Two royal watch­ers from the Rose­bud area had front row seats at Queen El­iz­a­beth’s 90th birthday cel­e­bra­tion in Lon­don this week­end, and even caught a glimpse of the monarch her­self.

Bev and Garry Krab­sen from the Rose­bud area were at the cen­tre of the pomp and ex­trav­a­gance of the cel­e­bra­tion of the ag­ing Queen’s birthday, which was ac­tu­ally on April 21 but as usual was cel­e­brated in June for more favourable weather.

“It was un­be­liev­able,” said Bev Krab­sen. “The noise of it all, the church ring­ing the bells and the trum­pet salute blow­ing when she shows up. It’s quite amaz­ing.”

Bev and her hus­band planned the trip with the goal of see­ing the Queen and ac­com­plished just that on Fri­day morn­ing, ar­riv­ing a few hours early to get good seats, and even snapped a photo of her as she passed in a car to­wards St. Paul’s Cathe­dral for a tele­vised ser­vice in her hon­our. While wait­ing there Fri­day morn­ing, they were in­ter­viewed by CTV and made the lo­cal news at home. They woke up the next morn­ing to a num­ber of texts and emails from friends who had seen them.

“Any where the royal fam­ily goes is a media cir­cus,” said Bev.

On Satur­day the Krab­sens waited at The Mall as the Queen made her way to the tra­di­tion Troop­ing the Colour pa­rade and car­riage pro­ces­sion, where the Queen, as the of­fi­cial head of the mil­i­tary, ap­proves of the mil­i­tary dis­play. Af­ter­ward was the Birthday Pa­rade on Horse Guards Pa­rade, at which the Queen’s guards were trooped.

The Queen wore a bright green dress and hat on Satur­day that caused a stir on so­cial media for her fash­ion­abil­ity.

“She was wear­ing bright green – she wears bright colours so peo­ple can pick her out in the crowd. She’s not very big, that old girl, and as

she gets older she gets smaller,” laughed Bev.

“We were about a quar­ter mile from where the event was tak­ing place and got to see the mil­i­tary bands as they went by, and we left a bit early and made our way to Buck­ing­ham Palace and got to see the bands come back again.”

“They (the roy­als) came out on the bal­cony and there was a fly-over with Spit­fires and Lan­cast­ers and jets stream­ing red, white, and blue smoke. It was re­ally amaz­ing,” said Bev.

Bev told The Mail that she lived in Lon­don for a year when she was 21, around 40 years ago, where she worked at a bet­ting ser­vice. She has been a royal watcher ever since and has an in­ter­est in English his­tory, im­mers­ing her­self in their cul­ture, so she promised her­self that she would re­turn one day.

“Old is old, it mostly stays the same – but I have to ad­mit that the food has im­proved tremen­dously in Lon­don.”

Bev and Garry spent two weeks sight­see­ing around Bri­tain and also vis­it­ing Scot­land and Ire­land.

photo from CTV News photo cour­tesy of Garry Krab­sen

Rose­bud area royal watch­ers Bev and Garry Krab- sen made CTV news while they at­tended the Queen’s 90th birthday cel­e­bra­tions in Lon­don this past week­end. They also man­aged to snap a photo of the Queen as she trav­elled by car to a ser­vice at St. Paul’s Cathe­dral on Fri­day morn­ing.

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