29 April 2011

The Royal Wedding From My Throne: Part 3

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

Yesterday in London? UNFORGETTABLE!
Like a child's first time to Disney World
Excuse me if I talk too fast :)

It was a thrill to walk around the day before the Royal Wedding
Nothing short of fantastic

Notice the crowd on the bridge
Love the flying flags

I first arrived (kids in tow) at Westminster Abbey around 3:45p. It was packed with people

Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square

International media set up everywhere

Impressive media grandstand-thingy across from Westminster Abbey

Sorry, No Tours Of The Abbey Today, Madam :)

Camera Boom Set Up For Tomorrow

Camping Out
See the tents?

I was so busy taking photos and keeping track of the kiddos, look who snuck up behind me
Super-famous American news anchor Katie Couric!

Right after I took this photo, she looked right at me and gave me a HUGE cutie-pie smile 
(darn, that's the photo I should have taken)

Then I said, 'Sorry, I just couldn't help myself!' (taking a photo of you like a total dork)
And she said in the nicest way, 'Oh, that's okay' (I see dorks all the time)
Now I am her newest fan

Here is a photo of my new BFF working
Katie was super sparkly and adorable in person and seemed to be in a great mood, 
taking photos with everyone who asked and just smiling the whole time

Playing it 'cool' and trying to contain the jumping monkeys in my tummy, I whispered to the kids
'Oh my gosh, guys. I know you have no idea who that was, but she is crazy famous'

Their reply? 'Why are you talking in that squeaky voice, mom?

So I get a little star struck. The moment was totally lost on the little ones :)


We moved along and the crowds were gone

Check Points Set Up For Tomorrow

This reporter was cracking us up. He would start to talk in the microphone, 
then white flower petals would drop onto his hair. Brushing them off, he'd have to start all over

Video screen at Trafalgar Square for public viewing tomorrow

There were about 6 different police escorts that passed us while we roamed around
I thought I saw Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in one of those cars
Who knows? But I'm sticking with it

Trafalgar Square & The National Gallery

There was definitely a police presence everywhere, but they all seemed in good spirits
At first I thought he was waving at me to stop taking photos,
but he actually was just waving for the picture

Hello friendly policeman

We arrived at Buckingham Palace by 5p
The crowd was thin, unlike the Abbey

See the cleverly camoflagued television camera 'hides' around the statues?
You almost missed those, didn't you?

Another media bandstandy-thingy across from Buckingham Palace

I have been trying to figure out what gets me so pumped about the Royal Wedding day, 
and I think I finally put my finger on it

Wearing Will & Kate Masks

In the US, our patriotic day is definitely The 4th Of July
It is a national holiday when many wear the national colors, fly the American flag, 
and have a day with friends, family or neighbors. There are fireworks and parades
Each year it is a celebration of being American and having our freedoms

England doesn't really have an annual national, patriotic day

One reason could be the English personality. You would find the typical English person modest
Perhaps only 'boastful about not being boastful'
Few would say, 'I'm English and proud of it!' for fear it might offend

And England is intertwined with many identities- 
Great Britain, the United Kingdom, and even the European Union with its fluid borders 
I think the sun still doesn't set on the British Commonwealth, but few will tell you that here

Although the Royal Wedding is not a celebration of England, 
it has brought the country together with one million people joining in street parties
And to me, that feels patriotic

I am twirling with excitement that I am here to celebrate this historic day with them

Azaleas in St James's Park behind media grandstand

Thank you for joining me for the ride this Royal Week

I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!!

Wishing Will & Kate the very best

- all photos by me -

The Royal Wedding Part I - Insider Scoop (here)

The Royal Wedding Part II - Celebrating The Wedding (here)

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Kevin and Julie's Blog said...

Ah this post is AMAZING! I love all your pictures!!!!

the fishermans cottage said...

Wonderful photos.. and great post x

Lauren said...

I love love love this post!!! I have been watching live coverage for a few hours now! This is too much fun!

TexaGermaNadian said...

Soooo fun!! I am glad you are having a great time :)

Robynne's Nest said...

Great photos Laura, thanks for the tour. I just love to see all those flags flying...that to me seems so patriotic! I'm writing this just after the wedding and I still have a huge grin on my face...what a lovely spectacle and a truely lovely young couple. Enjoy the day. Robx

Sunray Gardening said...

Great photos. I am sitting here now watching the whole thing. Spectacular.
Goldenray Yorkies

Teacup Moments said...

how exciting for you to be there and see history made. i just read a WSJ story about katie couric going to daytime in a few months. so cool for you to see her. and i love that photo of st. james park, i totally love that place!

Belinda @ Wild Acre said...

Brilliant post, thanks for doing the trip for me! x

American in Bath said...

Fantastic. I'm rather sorry to have missed out on the cultural event. Though I'm still a bit annoyed that as no hotel rooms could be had, I had to leave bath at 3am to miss my plane. I feel a bit mean about that!

hensteeth said...

Having just watched the wedding, reading this post was interesting to 'see' behind the scenes a little and you can pick up the atmosphere too.
Thank you for taking the time and trouble...it's been really, really lovely. x

gabe said...

how awesome.

what a wonderful adventure for your kiddos. To say they were in London at the time!

Love the photos and now it all seems more real to me!

Madelief said...

Lucky you to live in London. Wish I had been there today :-)! I enjoyed your series of photo's very much!!!

Happy weekend & lieve groet, Madelief x

Jen of Country Weekend said...

Great insider look--thank you!

Taylor Made said...

We just watched on the Tv so thanks for the tour of all the places that we just saw....wasn't it grand?

beetree said...

I love your blog! :) As usual, great post with amazing pictures!

Emily said...

Laura, I love your patriotic perspective! To their delight, the kiddos were able to see (before they left for school) the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they left Westminster Abbey. I don't know which is more beautiful: Kate in her lovely, elegant dress (I just LOVE it) or Britain's beautiful people coming together to cheer the happy couple. Thank you for your photos!

lisaroyhandbags said...

Thanks for the "behind the scenes"! I adore London and as a Canadian the Queen is our queen as well so we always feel like an extension of England. Loved the wedding - she looked gorgeous and wasn't Will a blushing cutie? :)

Pet said...

Why do they send Katie Couric having you around?
I mean it. You have really made me feel the atmosphere and willing to be there, and part of it, and I am not even British!

Cathi said...

Lovely photos, I enjoyed taking a walk thru London with you! xxoo :)

diney said...

We all watched the wedding in my house and loved it all - your photos are fantastic and it must have been sooo exciting to be in London on such an historical weekend.

Hines-Sight said...

Love it. Love it. Had a blast today. Was up at 3 am.


La Vie Quotidienne said...

What a great time to be in England...a day you will always remember. Super post, you really took us there!

janet said...

Thank you!!!!

This was so much fun...I feel as though I was there with you.
It was a wonderful day, wasn't it?

janet xox

Danielle said...

How lovely!! Thanks for sharing that!! I haven't been blogging for weeks so missed out on what everyone's saying, great to hear and see what I'm also missing back home!!


Elizabeth said...

Thank you so much for the lovely pictures!

Privet and Holly said...

AWESOME photos and
commentary about the
big day; best in the
blogosphere, truly!!!
I love that it was a
day for Brits to feel
proud and patriotic.
So happy you were there
to witness this slice
of history, Laura!
xx Suzanne

Emma said...

Oh that was fabulous!!!! I felt like I had a little tour of London with you. You are so lucky to be there and it will be absolutely unforgettable for your lucky, lucky, lucky little ones! xx

GirlSprout said...

Great photo essay. I feel like I'm in London! I love people watching in Trafalgar Square.

ann said...

I loved your photos. What a a wonderful, exciting day for you and your children. I remember watching Elizabeth's coronation when I was about 5 or so at the neighbor's house because we didn't have a TV. I guess the queen won me over then, not to mention that my relatives came over on the Mayflower and then more later to settle in the new world. Anyway, your children will never forget this day. They have been a part of history and they will live to see the newlyweds become King and Queen. I have walked the streets that you share in your photos, even the avenue from the palace to Trafalgar Square. Such good memories. Thank you for sharing your wonderful day.

Brandi said...

I enjoyed your post so much. It was neat seeing things through your eyes! Thanks for sharing your day!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

It was such a wonderful wedding yesterday and I am now catching up on all the wedding orientated posts from bloggers around the world making me proud to be British! This was an interesting post as had not seen any of the background prep on TV here.

Robyn said...

Great post. I con't know your new BBF (but I have heard of her!) very funny-maybe you could introduce us! :)

Robyn said...

ops- think it is BFF - am a dork too!

flowers on my table said...

Wonderful post Laura, it must have been so exciting in London. Did your kids think you'd lost the plot? You made me lol at the starstruck bit, how funny. Thankyou so much for making the time to share this. Love Linda x

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Laura thank you for posting photos from 'behind' the scenes so to speak. Many views us in the U.S. never got to see. I would of been just like you, squeaky voice & all as I adore Katie Couric, adore!!! Your coverage of the wedding has been great fun. I loved all your posts! xx

linda@adventuresinexpatland.com said...

Great job, Laura. Nicely done. Cool that your new BFF KC was so sparkly and smiley - a weight's been lifted and she's moving on to better things. Really nice series.

Elizabeth said...

I love all of the photos! I wish I could have been there too! What a once in a lifetime opportunity to share in such a happy event. Thank you for visiting my blog!

About Last Weekend said...

what a great day. I arrived the day after and it was suprisingly quiet but everyone one was in a great mood.

Irene said...

I so much enjoyed your royal reporting! It's the best I've read! William and Kate look so much in love and fit for each other (even my husband said so, so it must be true!). Glad I found you! I am your newest follower!

Shelley said...

Yes, that was my take on the day as well - even from up here in the North. The Royal Wedding Day was one on which Brits all acted really happy that they were British. (Well, the one's who weren't grumbling about royals, and money and all). I really enjoyed the day, watching it on TV and then going to a tea at Bill's cousin's house.