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Laura Porter

Royal Wedding Day in Central London

By May 1, 2011

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I was lucky enough to be in central London on Friday 29 April 2011 for the royal wedding. I started my day on The London Eye with a group of Press photographers to see the royal wedding party arriving at Westminster Abbey. We all struggled to get a decent shot but we were all delighted how well timed our trip went as we saw both The Queen's car and Catherine's traveling across Horse Guard's Parade, along Whitehall and arriving at Westminster Abbey. (See Catherine's car arriving at Westminster Abbey.)

I then walked over to Trafalgar Square to watch the ceremony on a big screen. It was incredibly busy and the nearest I could get to was around the corner outside the National Portrait Gallery. (See my view in Trafalgar Square.)

From here I walked to Hyde Park as this was where the biggest party was planned with two large screens and refreshments and facilities for hundreds of thousands of people. It was busy but the atmosphere was outstanding - especially when the couple appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the kiss!

The Battle of Britain flypast went right over our heads in Hyde Park and signified the end of the official ceremony and time for the parties to all start. In Hyde Park there was a live band who got us all up and dancing and it was a fun, friendly and immensely happy place to be. After some boogieing, I met friends in a pub in Notting Hill and enjoyed a Pimm's celebration while watching the ceremony on one friend's iPad.

It was a wonderful day and considering how cynical we can be, and how apathetic the nation seemed to be in the run up to the wedding, on the day we showed the world how to celebrate. Everyone felt the couple looked so in love it made us all feel warm inside, as did the sunshine that appeared after the kiss. My friend Dylan got some amazing photos along Whitehall and I love this photo by Ray Wise of Catherine smiling at him. Image: © Laura Porter | London Travel Blog | Join me on Facebook | Follow me on Twitter
May 1, 2011 at 11:55 am
(1) nancyo says:

What a fun and fabulous post! You really “did it up” on the day and I’m having a great time checking out your photo links and getting a different view from the one I had when glued to my TV in the middle of the night on the West Coast of the USA where I was that morning.

May 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm
(2) golondon says:

Thanks Nancy for your kind words. I had a brilliant day and still can’t believe how happy everyone was all day. We ‘forgot’ to whinge all day!

May 1, 2011 at 6:09 pm
(3) Dylan says:

Thanks for the awesome mention Laura!

May 6, 2011 at 2:39 am
(4) Cathy Sweeney says:

What a great day! Wish I could have been there, but glad that you were able to witness so much of the excitement. Thanks for sharing your perspectives!

May 6, 2011 at 8:27 am
(5) Deanna says:

What a FAB day! Thanks for doing what you do and bringing us your unique perspective. Wish I had been there to share it with ya!! Instead had to watch it from Western Canada, early early in the morning.

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