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

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - HARRY & MEGHAN -

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

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