I spent the Wedding Eve with two of my favorite people, my son Jason and his wife, Cristen, who also live in London. We headed out early to do our "homework" to find where we might want to position ourselves for the Wedding Day.
Security questions still abound, but everyone entering any part of the parade routes will have to pass through one of the many security gates to get in.
We had a good chuckle at the bets being taken by several betting agencies in town. Will the Prince fall asleep, will Prince Harry drop the ring and who will be the first to cry--the queen, Kate, Elton John or David Beckham?
You could also place a bet on the colour of the queen's hat,
as well as will Kate be late, early or on time? And when will they have their first child, and what is its sex?
New cameras appeared overnight at Buckingham Palace Gates.
Even more campers perched across from Westminster Abbey,
making themselves comfortable for the final countdown, and becoming celebrities as reporters from around the world interviewed them.
We encountered quite a few
characters people as we wandered about today.
A cheesehead from Wisconsin,
a senior citizen with a passion for the royalty,
a guard keeping his cool,
a tourist showing off her Kate Middleton doll,
avid fans, and
royalty camping along The Mall leading up to Buckingham Palace.
We bumped into friends who were sporting a very familiar engagement ring,
spotted a flashy driver,
wondered about this knight clinking across the street,
got a kick out of London bobbies who were using iPhones to give directions to tourists,
waited in suspense as this gentleman proposed to his lady in front of the Westminster Abbey,
and then breathed a sigh of relief when she said "yes."
The day wound down meeting Will and Kate for drinks at The Antelope pub where all the American gals hang out on Thursday nights.
Cristen and I then rushed over to Westminster Abbey where we did a live interview for the ABC Houston affiliate. Unfortunately, their technology failed us, so only a few moments of the interview were aired before they cut to the local reporters. Technology is great when it works, isn't it?
Now as the sun has gone down, Kate and her family are all snuggled in at the posh Goring Hotel nearby, where they have completely reserved all 71 rooms for family and friends, and Will is spending the night with his dad and brother at Clarence House.
Tomorrow it's rise and shine early, as friends and I head out for the long anticipated adventure. We're looking forward to a "royal knees up" and crossing our fingers for a good weather day.
If you'd like to print out your own copy of the Wedding program to follow along, you can find it here.