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The Royal Tour Part 7 - A bmi Business Class Experience (LHR-TXL)

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As a fan of the bmi Diamond Club frequent flyer program and gold member with them, it was quite important to me to fly on the airline whilst I was in London. So I booked an overnight trip to Berlin and back to sample   bmi British Midland short haul international business class.
With such an early departure I decided it made sense to stay at one of the many airport hotels so I got a room at the Crowne Plaza at a reasonable price. I ended up taking the Heathrow Express to Heathrow and then transferring onto one of the Hotel Hoppa buses to the hotel. In fact I was quite pleased with Crowne Plaza, the rooms were large and although the hotel looked pretty ordinary on the outside I found it quite comfortable.

At 5am I woke up and had a quick shower before grabbing the 5.30am bus back to Terminal 1.



LONDON HEATHROW TO BERLIN TEGEL


AIRLINE: bmi ( British Midland International )
FLIGHT: BD841


AIRCRAFT: Airbus A319-131 (G-DBCG)


SCHEDULED TO DEPART: 07.09
ACTUAL DEPARTURE: 07.10


SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE: …

The Royal Tour Part 6 - A Royal Wedding

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April 29, 2011 finally arrived and I took the tube to Green Park at about 7am... bringing along a packed lunch in my bag. The crowds were already quite large and I positioned myself along the Mall quite close to Buckingham Palace at about 7.30am. I had a pretty ok view, about 4 or 5 rows back, not bad since I didn't have to camp out overnight for it!
It was a very long wait and my feet were very tired but eventually things started happening  and various bands played along the procession route.




Eventually guests started to arrive:






 I do apologise for not having pics of Her Majesty The Queen arriving, nor Kate Middleton, I was filming those arrivals instead. But it was a fabulous atmosphere as both of them passed by, the crowds going absolutely wild... and for the first time we saw glimpses both of The Queens dress and also the brides.

There was no video of the ceremony from my position, however there was audio of it coming from several loudspeakers along the route. The absolute high…

The Royal Tour Part 5 - Royal Wedding Preparation

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Here is a series of photos I took on April 28, 2011 around London. This was the afternoon before the big day!