One of the photographic highlights of a British Royal Wedding is the moment when the happy couple emerge onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace to wave to the crowds waiting outside.

The balcony has played its part in many historical events; allowing those with power or prestige to communicate with those below, whilst remaining beyond their reach and having the comfort of an easy escape route when the moment has passed, or changed in tone.  In 1938 Hitler welcomed Austria back into the German fold, addressing 250,000 Viennese from a balcony in Heldenplatz, and Mussolini made many of his speeches from the balcony of Palazzo Venezia in Rome.

And then there’s Michael Jackson’s famous faux pas when he dangled his son Blanket from his suite in Berlin.  (Perhaps the name confused him)

Now I have no idea who this chap is.  Or who he was waving to.

But given that the window overlooked the masses in Piazza San Marco, you can’t blame him for enjoying his moment.Venezia-7

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