Thursday, April 28, 2011

Night Before the Royal Wedding

Here are a few pictures to give you a peek of party-goers, here in London, camped outside Westminster Abbey, throughout Parliament Square and along the road to the Buckingham Palace. Some pilgrims just arrived today while others, generally in the most central locations, are braving their second or third night on the street. This is one of the few times when it seems that being homeless is also very trendy.

The British loooooooooove their flag, and you can find it on almost everything. This includes: cowboy hats, standard flags, scarves, leggings, cravats/ties, mini vans, etc.

Looking down the street toward Buckingham Palace.

There was traffic flying by on either side, I'm reasonably sure it's illegal to stand in this portion of the road, but nothing stops hordes of tourists (myself included) from getting "that shot".

TV cameras snuggled up under tarps for the night, and ready for the show tomorrow.

Don't you have crowns on every flag post going down your street?

London's finest doing what they do.

These girls were singing and waving their Wills & Kate flags (he goes by Wills, perhaps because it sounds more regal than future King Willie, don't ask me why). Some other little girls were waving flags too but they sang, "We wish you a royal wedding, we wish you a royal wedding, we wish you a royal wedding, and a happy honeymoon" (to the tune of "We wish you a Merry Christmas").

Campers being interviewed by the media.

Something tells me they won't be roughing it.

This decorative lady stopped for a picture.

Canadian pride :).

Royal guards. They were hosing the field beyond the gates down as I walked home, in preparation for tomorrow.
I'm sure you've seen this map already. The royal wedding route starts in the top left (ish), winds across and down around St. James's Park to Westminster Abbey in the bottom right, and finally back to Buckingham Palace on the far left.

More of London's finest.

The geese could care less.

Buckingham Palace across the pond.

Helllllllooooooooo, echo, echo.

Let's play spot the police van.

Aaaand, go!

Seriously, they really, really, love their flag.

 Above is an excerpt from Eddie Izzard: Dressed to Kill
Swarms of people.

You're driving in London? Today and tomorrow?  Bahahahahahaha.

Media. They can dish it out pretty well, but don't seem to like having their picture taken. Hmmmmm...

Hats, bags, flags, coasters...

Homeless royalists.

How would you describe these? Hats? Leftover Christmas ribbons?

St. Margaret's Church across from Westminster Abbey. See that tiny speck in the center? A lone policemen. See the other specks on the bottom? Reinforcements.

Double decker, flags, singing royalist, and Westminster Abbey in the background. How much more "London" can you get?

More media rigs.

The people of Chelmsford send their regards. In song, and with super shiny buckles.

Nothing says wedding like riding a bike in your wig, draped in flags.

Oh, and the protesters, don't forget about them. They've been here, directly across from Westminster Abbey, for almost three days now.

Honey? Where'd you park the car again?

Victoria Park was practically empty.

Can someone explain why they have a cow in Westminster Abbey? Bueller? Bueller?

One of these is not like the other...

Road traffic guy it's your time to shine!

People smerging.

A ginger in a kilt. Yes!

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