Buckingham Palace is the symbol of an extremely outmoded way of thinking. Power flows from God, and he (it?) gives divine power, wisdom, and most importantly justification to the sovereign. Well, two hundred and some years ago, some churlish bunch of colonists turned that model on its head, saying that power flows not from above, but from the people below, and lo, the country of my birth was created. Now, I don't know how much of a difference the Constitution and the Bill of Rights actually make in times such as these (after all, Congress has repeatedly affirmed that Dubya need not abide by either), but somehow I still think their presence is at least symbolically — and probably practically — important both to me and to America's identity. They form the fine line between 'citizen' and 'subject'.
On a lighter note, here are some photos from within the grounds of Buckingham Palace (which are strictly out-of-bounds for subjects 10 months of the year).
Here, Teriann adds a royal touch to the 'Photographing Wildlife' series.
The remainder of the day we spent at Westminster Abbey. It's a shame they do not allow photography inside — it is absolutely breathtaking. It is my favorite place in the world.