Back in the 70’s, I had the privilege to watch the Queen drive past in my home town of Bournemouth. The location chosen by many scores of folk, including myself and friends, was near a roundabout.
Gradually, the oncoming traffic was stopped. Thus leaving only the road along which the Royal Party would drive along free. Then a policeman walked to the white line in the middle of the road and with out-stretched arms said: “You may come thus far and no further”. It was wonderful to see the orderly way the crowds aligned themselves along the centre line.
Many moons ago, during my first teaching appointment, the Queen attend Sunday Service. Knowing the only route the chauffeur could take, I stood on the pavement of the narrow road. Thus it was my privilege to receive a royal waive as the Royal Couple drove by.
Her Majesty passed through a local village near my current town of residence in Somerset in 2015. It was so exciting to see the public lined up on both sides of the road including a kindergaten or two. Flags were cheerfully waving and cheers went up as the Royal Party drove sedately along.
It was a special community event and with so much good humour.