Thursday, 19 June 2008

Queen's Official Birthday Flyby

The other day we were hanging out at home and kept hearing airplanes flying past very low and VERY loud. I quickly sprinted upstairs, grabbed a longish lens, and shot these frames through the blue mesh that covers the scaffolding that envelopes our building.

It turns out we live under the flight path they were taking on their way to fly past the Trooping of the Colour at Horse Guards Parade in Central London four miles to the west of where we live in Bethnal Green. The Trooping of the Colour is a military parade that takes place the first, second, or third Saturday in June in celebration of the Queen's Official Birthday. This is not to be confused with the Queen's actual birthday which is 21 April.

The building you see in the pictures is Keeling House, one of the only tower blocks that is listed as an architecturally significant building in the UK. It was designed by Denys Lasdun and built between 1957 and 1959. Ladsun also designed the National Theatre which is in the South Bank Centre in London.

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1 comment:

James said...

nice pix mate, shame didnt see fit to drop a few bombs on your godforsaken area. thats a joke