- Posted April 30, 2011 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Watching the royal wedding
Royal Wedding - One American's Bird's Eye View
I arrived at 5:45 AM and stood behind a camp of 3 mums who had their kids with them. All colorfully dressed and boisterous for the occasion, they attracted the media. Between 7-9AM the crowds were so anxious they'd cheer at anything, most notably, street sweepers. I was positioned outside the St. James Park gate, just across the street from the entrance to St. James. Palace. This put me in a good position. Also, after 9AM the band of the Irish Guards (red coats) stopped right where we were to entertain us, from Star Wars to Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend. Those in the crowd with radios were reporting the minute by minute updates as the processions began - who we could expect to see next and where they were in relation to our position. The BBC broadcast the service live and many of us bought programs to follow along and sing the hymns and national anthem. It was all very exciting.
The push to the balcony was a bit scary. You had no control over where you were going. I ended up in front of the Victoria statue, a prime location. Still, it was difficult to take a picture, even with a telephoto lens. So many heads and hands (held up with i-phones) in front. I did manage to capture pictures dear to me - all the royals on the balcony.
I will never forget being part of this wonderful experience. I hope you enjoy some of my shots.