“Like buses… been ages since a Royal Wedding & then we get 2 in one year!!!”
As soon as the news broke with the date for The Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie & Jack Brooksbank, it went straight into my diary. The carriage procession route wasn’t going to be the same as for Prince Harry & Meghan, so my fantastic balcony view point wasn’t going to be available this time.
This time the carriage procession would be much shorter. It would leave the castle & come along the High Street before turning left through Cambridge Gate & back into the castle. Next door to Cambridge Gate is the lovely Two Brewers pub. We have been there a number of times for Sunday Lunch & their Christmas Carol singing. They decided to have a special menu for the Royal Wedding… so it seemed rude not to book a table & secure myself a good camera spot!!
The Two Brewers opened nice and early to provide ‘refreshments’. It wasn’t a bad spot either to catch the arrival of the Bride before the 11 o’clock ceremony. The pub had the TV on for those that wanted to watch it. I couldn’t risk losing my place by the barrier, but the landlord kept me up to date. Stuart came out to say that “the carriage was about to leave the castle…they’ll be in view very soon!” Right on time the crowd down on the High Street started to cheer & wave their flags.
In no time at all the lead horses were coming down Park Street towards me. I recognised the Head Groomsman from Harry & Meghan’s procession. It was clear he recognised Stuart too !!!
I had a split second to fire off a few frames before the carriage was past me through Cambridge Gate.
Then they were gone, back into the castle to start their celebrations with the guests. It was time for me to put the camera kit away & head into The two Brewers to start our celebrations & toast the happy couple! Ohhh & enjoy a rather lovely Beef Wellington…