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Saturday 27 April 2002

The day began sunny, but on arrival at Windsor the clouds had formed and it was rather cool. However, this did not dampen our spirits. What a variety of Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars! In all there were 553 cars of the two marques.

After a rather long wait the cars proceeded through the main streets of Windsor, around the Castle, making the most fabulous and impressive sight en masse. By then the sun had returned on cue, and the streets were lined with people of all ages, waving and smiling at this magnificent spectacle. It did make one feel very proud to be a part of British history, proud of Royalty and such prestigious motor cars - a feeling of stability and hope for the future.

Quite a number of participants were fortunate to drive past the Queen in the Quadrangle inside the Castle. She was dressed in lilac. Then Prince Philip took over the role. The remainder of the procession were given a salute by the Constable and Governor of the Castle, Air Chief Marshall Sir Richard Johns. The first 200 cars then drove through to Frogmore, where they were put on public display. The rest of us drove much further on, past Royal Lodge and other interesting parts of Windsor Great Park, to Smith's Lawn, where we enjoyed our picnics.

This had been a most exciting and memorable event, and all of us took back home a kaleidoscope of colourful images.

Jennifer Burt

HM The Queen
HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh reviewing the motor cars. They are accompanied by
(L) Peter Baines, (R) Air Chief Marshall Sir Richard Johns and Brian Bilton-Sanderson. Photo: Grace Jupe.

Windsor   Windsor Castle
Windsor was thronged with enthusiastic crowds who gathered to see the drive past of Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars.   Ian and Jennifer Burt's 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow (Chassis No SRH 17952) in the parade outside Windsor Castle.