TF1 reporter walks past Windsor Castle, three days before the royal wedding
The Union Jacks float in the breeze, the sun reverberates in television cameras, tourists clutter the streets around the castle: a few days before the royal wedding, May 19, Windsor is in turmoil.
Bianca Louzado has just bought from a street vendor a purple scarf adorned with portraits of Prince Harry and his future wife Meghan Markle, who complete a cap also struck with their effigy.
„We are mega fans!“ says the makeup artist from Mumbai. „My parents came for the wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981, I was only two years old, and we’ve been following them ever since,“ adds her husband Alan.
On the other side of the street, 63-year-old Carole Ferguson is enjoying the sun at a coffee shop while thinking about the best way to see the newlyweds in a carriage during their city tour after the wedding ceremony in St Chapel George of Windsor Castle.
The shop window of a souvenir shop near Windsor, a few days before the royal wedding
Tens of thousands of people are expected in the small town located about thirty kilometers west of London and Carole Ferguson is preparing to get up very early. „It will be the last royal wedding before a long time, so it’s worth it,“ she told AFP. She loves the pageantry, the story of the royal family and Harry in particular. „He looks very happy, and Meghan looks like a good girl.“
Harry is one of the most popular members of the royal family, his youthful escapades and the tragic loss of his mother Diana having won him many hearts.
„Harry is entitled to some luck in life,“ said Matty De Bruyn, 68, from Cape Town, South Africa. She appreciates the joyous agitation preceding the wedding but she will avoid the „madness“ of the same day.
– No balcony –
Windsor welcomes tourists year-round and many of those who are here this week planned their trip well before the wedding date and location were known.
„It does not interest me, we’re just on vacation,“ says Martin Kirchner, 48, a German engineer. „But it’s interesting to see all these TV crews,“ he says, looking with amusement at journalists from around the world who are interrogating one woman after another with a huge purple and gold crown.
There are also many Britons, including the locals, who are watching with interest the transformation of their city and the heavy police presence. „There is no waste lying around, that’s good,“ says 59-year-old Steve Bradley.
It hosts Brazilian friends for the wedding, including Consuelo Almeida, 33, who recognizes being very excited. „It’s different for us, we do not have a queen, and Meghan is a real person-she feels like you and me,“ she says. „I was hoping to see them greet the balcony but I learned yesterday that there is no balcony, too bad, and of course, I want to see the dress!“
– „Go for it, chick!“ –
The marriage fever is overflowing and is also gaining London. Bus tours bring fans to Kensington Palace, where the young couple live.
Terry Hutt, a fan of the royal family, getting ready for the wedding in Windsor
Eric Marquez, 40, of Ohio, savoring the ride coupled with a cream tea. „Since I was 11, I’m the funny American super fascinated by royalty,“ he says. „It’s the tradition … and of course glitter, jewels, for a gay, it’s super exciting too“.
Her compatriot Christiane Jennings, 40, of Florida, sings the praises of Meghan, an actress with feminist beliefs so far asserted. „I adore her and I’m proud of her … Métis, divorced, yes!
For Sharon Hennell, 54, from the Midlands (central England), „William and Harry are close to people, not like Charles, they are more human,“ she says of the two brothers and their father.
„It took a long time to find her, so it’s probably the woman he needs,“ says his daughter Lauren.