Wed­ding mania breaks out on streets of Wind­sor

■ Fans camp out for best spots to see royal cou­ple

Irish Independent - - News - Kirsty Blake Knox in Wind­sor

VET­ERAN ‘royal watcher’ Donna Warner doesn’t mess around. The 66-year-old Con­necti­cut woman arrived in Wind­sor on Tues­day af­ter­noon and hit the ground run­ning. She plot­ted out a map of the mar­ket town, and be­gan scop­ing the best van­tage points to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to­mor­row.

Af­ter much con­sid­er­a­tion, she set­tled on a flag­stone­lined path on Cas­tle Hill – op­po­site Saint Ge­orge’s Chapel.

“Ev­ery­one says the Long Walk is the best place but I looked at footage of Prince Andrew and So­phie’s wed­ding,” she said.

“They also got mar­ried here and if Meghan and Harry fol­low the same route, then I’ve got the best seat in town. That’s why I’m not mov­ing until Satur­day evening,” she adds firmly.

She is among dozens of royal fans brav­ing the el­e­ments and camp­ing overnight to en­sure her spot won’t be gazumped.

This can be a chal­lenge; on Tues­day night, tem­per­a­tures dropped. “But I came pre­pared,” she says. “I have two sleep­ing bags, an air mat­tress, and a space blan­ket with alu­minium foil on one side. Faith prefers Pros­ecco to keep warm,” she adds nod­ding to­wards the woman be­side her.

Faith Ni­col­son and Donna met at Prince Wil­liam and Kate Middleton’s wed­ding in 2011 and have been firm friends since.

Their perch, they say, is ‘the jazz­i­est’ spot in town, brightly cov­ered with tin­sel, star-span­gled bunting and home­made posters. One reads ‘Ms Markle makes Harry’s Eyes Sparkle’.

“I have dif­fer­ent posters for Satur­day,” Donna says be­fore point­ing ur­gently at a flag flap­ping in over Wind­sor Cas­tle. “It’s the Royal Stan­dard!! The Queen! The Queen is fi­nally here!”

It’s fair to say Wind­sor is in the grip of to­tal and ut­ter royal hys­te­ria.

Re­gal sou­venirs are spilling out of shop win­dows. There are flags and scarves, life-sized card­board cut-outs of the happy cou­ple, gi­ant plas­tic corgi masks, and in­flat­able tiaras. A gospel choir burst into song, tourists pose with foot guards in bearskin hats, and news an­chors from France,

A woman wear­ing a crown ges­tures on The Long Walk in Wind­sor. Photo: Getty Images

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