Royalists won’t be dampened by thin crowds
ROYAL superfans began their vigil outside Windsor Castle on Tuesday night to get a glimpse of Princess Eugenie.
The crowds were thinner than on her cousin Harry’s big day in May, but well-wishers saw out the day in style.
Dressed in a Union flag suit, Joseph Afrane, 54, said he was paying tribute to a country that had saved his life 24 years ago when he came from Ghana as a refugee.
He said: “The Queen is our head of state and this is her granddaughter.
“We should be here for her because she has been here for us, always.”
Fans sang the national anthem and “get them to the church on time” while wrapped in flags.
Terry Hutt, 83, of Weston-super-mare, Somerset, who had slept out on the streets the night before, said: “I’ve been coming to every royal event I could for the last 51 years, I wasn’t going to miss this.”
Kerry Evans, 54, of Barton-uponhumber, Lincs, who had camped out since Tuesday, said she came to pay tribute to a family who gave her strength when she raised her two autistic sons.
She said: “I’ve always seen a family that looked like mine. Big crowds or not, it was a gorgeous day.”
But Bartly Graham, 30, of County Durham, said he was “thoroughly disappointed we didn’t have the general horse displays and military aspect”.
American Maggie Doyle, 20, who came from Brussels, said: “She could be 45th in line to the throne and I’d still be here.
“I think if I was British I’d be frustrated though, knowing my tax was funding this.”
David Weeks, 77, of Petersfield, Hants, wore a sequinned suit. He said: “I’m a true royalist. I’ll keep coming as long as I can.”
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