An early start and an arrival into Windsor & Eton Riverside station on the first train service of the day saw the sun rising over those who had slept the night on the streets – either as a choice to save a viewing space or due to life’s hardships. The town of Windsor surrounding the Castle and St. George’s Chapel is small and compact allowing little room for the many thousands of people expected to attend the wedding and so the Windsor Great Park either side of The Long Walk was arranged as the main spectator area, with facilities set up for the huge numbers expected.
By 7am the fence lines had been filled by those that had arrived early enough to get a prime view, all looking at a five hour wait before a first – but very brief – view of the bride. Those many tens of thousands that followed into the park had to make do with the images displayed on the big screens. Due possibly to being traditionally late the Rolls Royce Phantom IV carrying Meghan Markle and her mother Doria Ragland sped through towards Windsor Castle at a fair rate of knots followed closely by security vehicles.
All eyes then turned to the screens to watch the ceremony, before the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex took to an Ascot landau for a carriage procession through the town and into the park. This time they did spare the horses, allowing people a better view of the newlyweds.
It took many hours for the crowds to disperse, with many people just giving in to the fatigue of spending six hours or more of waiting in the heat.
Back at the Castle guests could be seen leaving and TV outside broadcasters wrapping up their coverage.
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