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(ILCE = Interchangeable Lens Camera with E-mount)


Although they arrived privately at Heathrow Airport the evening before, the official state visit to the United Kingdom of the President of The People’s Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping accompanied by Madame Peng Liyuan didn't start until Ceremonial Welcome with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on Horse Guards Parade on Tuesday morning. Presentations were made and the Guard of Honour gave the Royal Salute and the Chinese National Anthem played. The President, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh inspected the Guard of Honour. This was followed by a carriage drive up the Mall to Buckingham Palace for a private lunch given by the Queen.

When I got there, there was a large exclusion zone around Horse Guards but either side of the Mall was lined by members of the Chinese community in the United Kingdom. I found a spot up by Buck House on the corner to Spur Road that led down to Wellington Barracks on Birdcage Walk thinking everything would have to pass this point. Which it basically did. I was about three rows back from the crowd barrier and hemmed in by the mainly Chinese crowd for about two and a half hours and taking photos proved a challenge as I had to wave my camera above my head, thank goodness for tilt screens, with just enough room to twist around. Should have taken my monopod. Managed to catch a glimpse, and it was a brief glimpse between the waving arms, iPhones and flags, of the Queen with Mr Xi Jinping in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach with Prince Phillip and Madame Peng Liyuan in the following carriage and Charles and Camilla in the next one.

Equipment Used: Sony ILCE A7rII + Tamron 28-300mm f3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD + Sony LA-EA3 Mount Adapter