On our final evening in Windsor, I and about half of our huge CAA group watched the spectacular pageant in celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (the rest of our group had already seen the pageant on Saturday). We were magnificently entertained by musicians, singers, riders, drivers, tent-peggers, acrobats on horseback, and native dancers from all over the world.

I must admit that the only photos I took during the pageant itself are these three:

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one section of grandstands is starting to fill up for the evening’s performance; the pink section on the right is the royal box

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the huge stage (facing the royal box) was designed to look like Buckingham Palace

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the first pageant performers in the arena were the Household Cavalry and some of the King’s Troop (the horses in harness in the foreground); here, everyone was awaiting the The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, who arrived in a horse-drawn Landau

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I was lucky enough to see some of the U.S. contingent “backstage” on Saturday evening (here, if you haven’t already seen it).

During the week, I (and everyone else at the show) enjoyed seeing many of the pageant participants during the horse show itself. Some of the groups (bands and horse groups, especially) performed during the day in the various horse-show rings; some of the native dance groups performed at various times in a large tent on the showgrounds; and many of them, like the rest of us, enjoyed walking around the show, seeing the sights, watching the horses, and visiting the trade fair … usually wearing some variation of their native / performance outfits. I’ve shared photos of some of these in previous posts, and here are a few more:

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dancers from the Cook Islands

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one …

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… and two of the representatives of four different Kenyan tribes at the show

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the Oman hospitality tent

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… and a close-up of an example of some of the beautiful silver tack worn by the hundreds of horses in the Royal Cavalry of Oman

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the New Zealand Army Band provided fun marching-band music, some rugby, and a good dose of comedy

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