Roy­al­ists won’t be damp­ened by thin crowds

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY OLIVER MILNE & HE­LENA KELLY

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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