Friday, April 29, 2011

Thanks for the Invite Will and Kate

I arrived in London on Wednesday afternoon. Since then I have slept 6 hours and eaten around 2 meals, who has time for that stuff when you are in London? Not me. We have been going, going, going since we arrived but it has been so worth it.

The Royal Wedding is one of the reasons I wanted to come on this study abroad, I wasn't going to pass up the chance to see this historical event. We went to Buckingham Palace to check out what was happening the day before and already there were tents lined up in the street. That's when I knew that if I wanted to see anything I would have to sacrifice my sleep and camp out at Buckingham Palace. I managed to convince 13 other people to join me in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I am so glad that I did.

We could not have found a better place to be we were literally in the center of all the action! After 10+ hours siting and waiting we were able to see the Queen leave for Westminster Abby and then to our surprise the bride drove by also.

Although we were unable to watch the ceremony they had speakers everywhere so we could hear it (plus I knew I would be able to watch it on the news later). Then came the procession. Standing just yards away from the newly married couple is a sight I will never get. Unfortunately, the pictures do not justify since my shock of seeing the Prince and Princess in real life distracted from my photography. Then came Harry, Pippa, THE QUEEN, and the parents of the newly weds. I have never seen so many horses in my life.

The most memorable part of the day for me came at the end when the entire Royal family stood on the balcony and waved to the millions of people. I found myself thinking I was in a movie because I couldn't believe I was actually witnessing this in person. The first kiss was a sight to see and you could tell they were the happiest people in the world.

The Royal Wedding is something I have been looking forward to for months and it exceeded every expectation I had. With 14 people camping out for 14 hours we have many experiences and stories to share. To be apart of it all in person is a memory I will have forever. I mean how many people can say they spent the night at Buckingham Palace and saw the royal family?

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