A London Return to attend a Wedding!

I am writing this on the train on my way back to Edinburgh.  The trains in the UK are a wonderful service, connecting most of the major cities in an efficient manner.  As an American, I am impressed, for the locals there are complaints but all in all it gets you where you want to go.

The purpose of my return to London was to be able to attend the Royal Wedding festivities in Windsor.  

I was lucky to have attended the wedding of William and Kate in 2011, it was good fun and I planned this trip to include a return to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marry in Windsor.  Being a spectator at a Royal Wedding is not for the faint of hart! I got up at 4 AM (actually 2:30 afraid to oversleep you know!) and was out the door by 4:30.  I took a cab to Paddington Station to take the 5:18 AM train to Windsor.   There were several others doing the same in all sorts of party wear and hats .  The train personnel handled the crowd well and when I made 5e train change at Slough, they had a great crowd control system.  We were treated by signage at Windsor and Eton Central that changed the name to Harry an Meghan Central!  The authorities directed us down deserted street where security was on full display and I was directed to the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park. I got a great spot behind some earlier arrivals and was pleased with pleasantness of my neighbors!  Dan’s cousin Bobbi currently lives with her family in Woking, not too far from Windsor, yet here train journey was more convoluted and she and I finally met up after 7.  She arrived just as I was chatting with two lovely women from a Wyoming who decided the night before to make the journey to Windsor, they later went on to make new friends and it was great to see a temporary comm7nity forming.  We had over 6. Hours to wait for the carriage procession, but the people watching was fun and meeting our neighbors made the time pass.  We also had Japanese TV stand right behind us.  

 Dressed for the occasion at Paddington Station.

Dressed for the occasion at Paddington Station.

 This way to the Wedding!

This way to the Wedding!

 Roaming Rich and cousin Bobbi

Roaming Rich and cousin Bobbi

 The happy local crowd!

The happy local crowd!

 The best hat of the day!

The best hat of the day!

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All of the waiting paid off!

it was truly a beautiful day. The temperature was perfect and in spite of the very crowded train return trip, it was a great day. 

now back to Scotland! 

 

Roaming Rich

Richard Fletcher