During my solo day in Edinburgh, I was looking for a historical walking tour. Instead of finding the tour group, I saw a large amount of police officers lining the Royal Mile. I thought, something’s going to happen here.
I started walking down the Royal Mile to gather more clues; though, I forgot that in this English-speaking country, it wouldn’t be as difficult for me as it usually is in Germany to figure out what is going on. I overheard a reporter saying that there was going to be a procession as part of the Diamond Jubilee year ending at the palace to greet Prince Charles and Camilla.
I changed my plans and made my way down the Royal Mile to the palace entrance. There were about 100 people waiting, and a few minutes later, Prince Charles and Camilla walked out of the gate with a few military people.
One woman stood on a bench and yelled, “Camilla!!!! We love you in Texas!!!” Camilla turned around and waved to her.
The music started and soon, a military parade reached us.
The procession continued with other groups of military personnel who were saluted by Prince Charles.
It was fun to change my plans for the afternoon. I can always go on another historical tour in Edinburgh, but the opportunity to see a Diamond Jubilee event and royalty doesn’t happen every day. Unpredictability can be an exciting part of traveling.