Royal Wedding of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle – Windsor – 19 May 2018

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Back at the Castle guests could be seen leaving and TV outside broadcasters wrapping up their coverage.

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Trooping the Colour – The Mall – 17 June 2017

The annual ceremony was a little more subdued this year with The Queen initiating a minutes silence to the lives lost in recent events. The Colour was trooped by 1st Battalion Irish Guards, with regimental mascot Domhnall joining the parade along The Mall. Crowd numbers were down on previous years, possibly in part due to the heat as well as the fears for safety. The Duke of Edinburgh took his place by The Queen’s side for the first time in a suit having announced that he would be stepping back from public engagements.

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Trooping of the Colour and Queen’s Birthday Flypast – The Mall, London – 11 June 2016

The centuries old tradition saw the Colour trooped by No.7 Company Coldstream Guards , with the Royal Family, troops  and military bands passing down The Mall from Buckingham Palace to the ceremony on Horse Guards Parade. Upon their return the Royal Family viewed the Queen’s Birthday Flypast from the balcony of the Palace. The Flypast included current aircraft of the RAF, plus a Spitfire and Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and was concluded by the Red Arrows – to great cheers from the massed public. The Queen’s ninetieth birthday unsurprisingly attracted a larger than usual attendance, and for once they enjoyed fair- though not ideal – weather which remained dry and reasonably bright. A number of the flypasts of previous years have been affected by low cloud.

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