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Diamond Jubilee March-Past in Kensington

For a quick 15 minutes on a busy Saturday morning, Kensington High St. felt very ‘community’. Residents, businesses and tourists enthusiastically waved flags and stood alongside Councillors of Kensington & Chelsea, to cheer on the Chelsea Pensioners and some 200 soldiers from six regiments, all of whom had recently been deployed in Afghanistan.

The March-Past in front of the Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea, Councillor Christopher Buckmaster, the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Lady Borwick, the Mayoress, Ann Hobson and the Leaders of Council,Councillor Sir Merrick Cockell was to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Chelsea Pensioners and the regiments involved have the Freedom of the Royal Borough which permits them to march along the Borough’s roads. The regiments marching from Holland Park to the Flower Stall outside St Mary Abbots Church were The Royal Hospital Chelsea, The Royal Yeomanry, D (London Irish Rifles) Coy, The London Regiment, 256 Field Hospital, 10 Coy, 4 Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, 41 (PLK) Squadron 38 Signal Regiment.

All too soon and within a few minutes of the March-Past Kensington High St. became a normal busy high street on a Saturday morning.  Leaving just the tourists slightly bemused by the preceding events.

Images and copyright:  Lucy Elliott/The Kensington Magazine

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