Brief tour in state car­riage dis­ap­points on­look­ers

Yorkshire Post - - ROYAL WEDDING -

IT MAY not have been quite the fairy­tale mo­ment for which some of the on­look­ers in Wind­sor were hop­ing.

Some had waited for days to catch a glimpse of Princess Eu­ge­nie and her new hus­band in the cov­ered horse-drawn Scot­tish State Coach. But its route through the town was con­sid­er­ably shorter than that trav­elled by Harry and Meghan in the May sunshine.

Kerry Evans, from Lin­colnshire, ar­rived on Tues­day to se­cure a spot. “I was very in­ter­ested in the whole pro­ces­sion and the cer­e­mony and the pomp and [Prince] An­drew led us to be­lieve that was what he wanted, for it to be on equal par with the last wed­ding,” she said.

“I ex­pected to see mil­i­tary be­hind. Where were the Cold­stream Guards?”

There had been crit­i­cism at the £2m se­cu­rity bill for yes­ter­day’s event, which falls to the tax­payer.

The polic­ing costs were in­creased by the car­riage ride, but Eu­ge­nie – who is not a work­ing Royal – and Jack took a shorter route back to the cas­tle.

Bartly Gra­ham, who had also been wait­ing for three days to see the car­riages, said he was “thor­oughly dis­ap­pointed”.

“I did Harry and Meghan’s wed­ding and it was a much larger af­fair,” she said.

Richard Lamb, who had come from Lon­don, said: “It seemed like they could have spent a bit more time. I know the se­cu­rity was very high but it was over very quickly.”

A mother and her daugh­ter, at­tend­ing their first royal wed­ding, also said they were un­der­whelmed.

Han­nah White, 23, from Ox­ford, who had waited three hours to see the pro­ces­sion, said: “It was amaz­ing to see the car­riage, but we were won­der­ing if there was go­ing to be a bit more than that.”

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