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It's 9am on a blustery Friday morning, and I’ve braved the phalanx of armed but very chatty police to stand, poised at a barrier, next to the statue of Queen Victoria outside Windsor Castle. I’d expected to be among, let’s face it, be-Union-Jacked fruitcakes and a few passing Japanese tourists for this, the wedding of a radiant but minor Royal.
No one’s ever said it much, I tell her. I’m someone who has found it hard to distinguish Eugenie from her older sister, Beatrice.
People - Ooh - Aah - Castle - Reason
As more people arrive, and ooh and aah at the castle, it becomes clear the reason we’re here is to be able to say we were part of history; we were there.
Even if we don’t know everything about her, there’s huge affection washing around, keeping us warm: ‘Eugenie is one of the quieter ones,’ admit Julie and Malcolm, now expats in Sydney. ‘We miss all this,’ they add, taking in the pomp and the pageantry. I meet Alexis and Sol, both 20, here from the US. ‘I love the fact Eugenie has a job!’ says Alexis.
Someone - Celebrities - Phone - People - Crowd
As someone who is not just a little obsessed with celebrities, I keep brandishing my phone and pointing out to people in the crowd the latest star to have disembarked at the church. But, to my huge surprise, no one’s interested; not even 25-year-olds Lewis and Sydney, here on a date. They only have eyes for the Windsors. ‘I think Kate looks tired,’ says a mum with a screaming toddler in a pushchair.
The most opprobrium comes from Rav Singh, a 57-year-old former IT worker, currently caring for his dad. He thinks the Royals who court celebs are playing a dangerous game.
Ceremony - Close - Everyone - Straightens - Cranes
As the ceremony draws to a close, everyone straightens and cranes for the moment the carriage containing the couple will flash past. Don’t...
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