Marilyn Braun of Marilyn’s Royal Blog traveled to England for the . Here’s a bit about her trip!
Mandy’s British Royalty: What inspired you to go?
Marilyn Braun: Originally I hadn’t intended to go to London but I was speaking with a journalist about people who do go to the wedding and why they do so. As I was answering I realized that I wanted to be one of those people too!
MBR: Where did you stay? Would you recommend it?
MB: I stayed at a hotel not far from Buckingham Palace – probably 15 minute walk. I would recommend it mainly for its location. It was close to the Victoria train and underground station. So if I needed to get anywhere I could just go to the terminal without having to get lost finding it!
MBR: Tell us about the night before. What were the crowds like?
MB: There were a lot of people, people who had been camped out to get a prime position, but everyone was very happy and smiling. Just a celebratory mood all around.
MBR: What were the crowds like where you were standing on the Mall?
MB: Once they were pronounced man and wife I went out to go to Buckingham Palace, hoping to catch a glimpse of them on the balcony. However, I couldn’t get near because there were just too many people! Definitely not a place to be if you’re claustrophobic.
MBR: Did you see William and Kate in the flesh?
MB: On the day of the wedding, later on in the evening, I was in the Mall when the police started to partition people off the roadway, to keep it clear for the royals to go from Clarence House to Buckingham Palace. So I was behind one of the gates, waiting for them to drive by. There were several cars that sped by. One was followed by a Range Rover so I presume that was the one with William and Kate in it. So that’s about as close as I got to ‘seeing’ them in the flesh. A bit disappointing that they didn’t slow down. Guess they’d had enough of being on public display earlier and just wanted to relax at their party.
MBR: What souvenirs did you bring back?
MB: I didn’t have a lot of room in my backpack but I did manage to buy some books, a commemorative mug, wedding programmes and a few of the British newspapers from the day. Thankfully my luggage was small otherwise I would have gone completely wild with all of the royal items available!
MBR: What did your family think of your trip?
MB: My husband was very supportive of me going. After the engagement was announced he would ask me whether I was going and I always said no. When other people would find out about my interest in the royal family they too would ask me if I was going. Again, I always said no. My husband wasn’t surprised by my decision to go, he completely understood it. Some of his relatives didn’t quite understand why I would go if I wasn’t invited to the wedding. But his opinion is what counted most.
MBR: Did anyone recognize you?
MB: No! Should they have? LOL! ;)