3,000 cheer­ing fans no match for Harry’s 100,000

Daily Mail - - EUGENIE’S MAGICAL DAY - By David Wilkes and Ge­orge Odling

A turnout as high as the 100,0000 for the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex’s wed­ding at the same venue in May had never been ex­pected.

but the crowds lin­ing the streets of Wind­sor for Princess eu­ge­nie’s nup­tials yes­ter­day ap­peared smaller than an­tic­i­pated – es­ti­mated at up to 3,000.

they were around ten-deep on parts of the pro­ces­sion route, but fur­ther down the road that thinned con­sid­er­ably. early arrivals found them­selves out­num­bered by po­lice of­fi­cers.

lo­cal busi­nesses had been warned to ex­pect thou­sands more, with one pub land­lord say­ing he had been told there could be up to 25,000 spec­ta­tors.

the modest turnout – on a Fri­day com­pared to Prince Harry and Meghan’s Satur­day wed­ding – is set to fuel the de­bate over the cost of se­cu­rity for the event, which has been es­ti­mated at £2mil­lion. but the well-wish­ers who did turn up were de­ter­mined not to let the num­bers af­fect their en­joy­ment.

tessa Shiell, 54, of lewes, east Sus­sex, said: ‘i came early with my two sis­ters at 6.30am.

‘We got here early in case there were big crowds, but there were very, very few peo­ple when we ar­rived – about 60. i was quite sur­prised.

‘i came for Harry and Meghan’s wed­ding in May and that was chock-ablock. i thought there’d be more peo­ple at­tend­ing this one. the se­cu­rity’s cost­ing a lot, but she is a grand­daugh­ter of the Queen so i think she de­serves it.’

tina Howe, 41, from Manch­ester, and a friend ar­rived at 7am. She said: ‘She’s a princess, it’s her big day – no mat­ter how many peo­ple have come to watch – and we’re ex­cited for her.’

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