Day 230 of 365

Soya III, Gåshaga, Lidingö

Day 230 of my "365 Days" project. M/S* Soya III, Gåshaga, Lidingö.

Soya III is a tanker built in 1936 by the Lövholms Shipyard in Stockholm. The ship had been ordered by the AB Soya Company to transport … yes, you've gusssed, soya! The Soya Company sold it in 1939, but the ship continued to operate as a tanker until the seventies when it was sold to a private person.

The ship is owned today by the Wallenius company and has been renovated in 2001 to function as corporate seminars and entertainment vessel. Its home port is Gåshaga on the Swedish island of Lidingö.

* = M/S stands for Motor Ship, a vessel propelled by an internal combustion engine, usually a diesel engine.

Today's English Postcards


Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham Palace is the official London residence and principal workplace of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

This is the principal façade, th East Front, originally constructed by Edward Blore and completed in 1850. It acquired its present appearance following a remodeling in 1913 by Sir Aston Webb.

Victoria Memorial, Buckingham Palace

Victoria Monument, Buckingham Palace

Victoria Monument, Buckingham Palace


The Victoria Memorial was created by sculptor Sir Thomas Brock in 1911 and erected in front of the main gates at Buckingham Palace on a surround constructed by architect Sir Aston Webb from 2.300 tons of white marble. 

The original monument was completed with the installation of the final bronze statues in 1924.

The memorial formed the centrepiece of the stage for Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Concert.

Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Place


Gate Details, Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace - gates details.

Guard, Sentry, Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace - Queen's Guard. The Queen's Guard and Queen's Life Guard are the contingents of infantry and cavalry soldiers charged with guarding the official royal residences in London. The British Army has regiments of both Horse Guards and Foot Guards and since the reign of King Charles II (1649-1651) these have been responsible for guarding the Sovereign's palaces. They are not purely ceremonial as some may believe, they are real soldiers serving in the army.

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