Cheers and tears as the people shared the love
EIGHT TIMES THE POPULATION OF WINDSOR PACKED INTO THE HISTORIC TOWN FOR THE BIG DAY, WRITES ANNABEL HENNESSY
HUNDREDS camped out for four nights to get the best spots while tens of thousands packed trains from 5am as a quarter of a million people poured into the small town of Windsor to cheer the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan.
The excited crowd, many of them wearing fancy dress and almost all of them waving flags, screamed and cheered at every opportunity.
Some fans turned up wearing their own wedding dresses with signs begging Harry to ditch Meghan and marry them instead.
There were thousands of Americans mixed in with the British, eager to see one of their own become part of the Royal Family, and there were even a few Australians.
Colette Lipp, 25, from Canberra is studying at Oxford University and left at 4.15am to travel to Windsor. “I couldn’t sleep at all last night I was so excited,” Ms Lipp said.
Bev Prestwick, 51, who had travelled from Kadina in South Australia, also left her hotel at 4am to get a prime position.
“The whole atmosphere and all the pomp and circumstance is amazing,” Ms Prestwick said.
Despite terrorism fears and a massive police presence, the security measures were surprisingly discreet.
All over England fans enjoyed high teas and dress-up competitions. The wedding was screened live everywhere from churches to rooftop bars and especially in pubs, which were allowed to open from 7am.
There were big smiles all day long. Picture: Getty ALL SMILES
Every vantage point was nabbed. Picture: Ella Pellegrini BIRD’S EYE VIEW
Colette Lipp (front) with friends Francesca Crucigno, Stacey McIntyre and Ellen Kim. AUSSIE FUN
Many in the crowd dressed up to show their allegiance on the big day. Picture: Getty ALL COLOUR