My two sec­onds of bliss

Win­tec jour­nal­ism stu­dent Mere­ana Austin made her way over to Cam­bridge on Satur­day with the hope of catch­ing a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge. She got a lit­tle more than she ex­pected . . .

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Ikept my hand out­stretched and was shak­ing like a chi­huahua. Fi­nally Prince Wil­liam took my hand and shook it for two whole sec­onds.

But then it was over. A lit­tle girl who was about 7 stole the prince’s at­ten­tion with a card she had made him – how could I com­pete with that?

My friend, Ash­ley, and I ar­rived across the road of the Cam­bridge Town Hall last Satur­day and al­ready there were a lot of people with prime spots around the bar­ri­ers so we lined up and waited.

A nice mid­dle-aged-man whose wife had dragged him out, slowly kept squeez­ing me closer un­til I was in the sec­ond row be­hind the bar­rier.

I would like to thank him – with­out him this never would have been pos­si­ble.

A lot of the crowd around me were el­derly. I was wor­ried when the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge ar­rived people would start push­ing and scream­ing like in a mosh pit at a con­cert and they would get tram­pled, but for­tu­nately that didn’t hap­pen.

The only drama I saw was a mother and daugh­ter duo that kept try­ing to push their way to the front and el­bowed some lit­tle girl and made her cry.

Af­ter three hours of wait­ing the roy­als fi­nally ar­rived. They drove around Cam­bridge town, got out of the car and walked straight into the town hall.

Af­ter a bit more wait­ing they came out, first to talk to im­por­tant people who were on the steps of the town hall, then mak­ing their way around the crowd.

Kate is beau­ti­ful. I was a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed I did not get to see her close up, but thought it was great how she and the prince sep­a­rated so that they could cover more ground.

The prince was po­lite, sin­cere and en­gaged him­self in small con­ver­sa­tions. All I man­aged to say was a high pitched: ‘‘Hi’’.

I was think­ing about never wash­ing my right hand again. But later on I pat­ted a dog and it must have smelt royalty on my hand and slob­bered all over it.

For those of you who are won­der­ing, the prince’s hand was soft but manly.

All too soon it was over and the duke and duchess were off to the Avan­tidrome.

And ev­ery­one was left to chat about Prince Wil­liam’s bald spot.

Min­gling: Prince Wil­liam shakes hands and chats with people in the Cam­bridge crowd.

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