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London gripped by monarchy mania

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London gripped by monarchy mania


London has gone quite literally royal barmy, and for fans of the British monarchy there is no other place to be than outside the capital’s famous Westminster Abbey.

Some 200 or so diehards have camped outside the cathedral in the hope of seeing Prince William and his bride Kate Middleton as they get hitched.

Euronews’ Ali Sheikholeslami says: ‘‘Many of these people here have come a long way to share this historic occasion and perhaps get a glimpse of the royal couple coming out of the Westminster Abbey.’‘

Dozens of tents have been set up, but some ardent fans are braving the chilly conditions with just mats and sleeping bags. Monarchy mania rules.

‘‘I just pitch up right here. I’m planning to stay all night. I have a friend who also came by herself and she’s going to meet me here. We’re going to cosy in and be warm tonight and waiting to see the dress,” said Leslie Haynes from Washington DC in the US.

‘‘I’m Marie Bardot. I come from France, Toulouse. The wedding. I love England. I love the ceremony and Kate and William. After all, it is the future Queen of England. So, I just wanted to be here,’‘ another royal well-wisher said.

‘‘I’m from Venezuela. Like everyone I’m waiting and am really anxious about the royal wedding of William and Kate,’‘ Venezuelan Eglantina Zingg said.

Just a hint of the party atmosphere that awaits the Royal couple. Come crunch time tens of thousands of happy well-wishers are expected to line the procession route.

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