On May 19, 2018, I finally got to see Prince Harry in person and experience an event from the British Monarchy. It may not be near them but just being in the atmosphere of the royal wedding, it was enough. British Royal family is the most popular monarchy in the world. When Prince William was married to Kate Middleton, I was just a fresh college graduate in Manila, Philippines. Some media organization broadcasted a live telecast in the Philippines of Prince William’s wedding. I went back during the first blogs I published on 2011 and I remember, I blog about the wedding of Prince William and Duchess Kate. Here is the link…
And 7 years later, Prince Harry has found the woman he fell in love with, he married Meghan Markle.
I heard of the Royal Wedding coming on May of 2018 when the news broke of Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle on November of last year. I knew I wanted to be in the crowd cheering for the newlyweds. I only decided to watch when I was with my friend’s friend, Chad. I toured him in Richmond Park and we were talking about a lot of things. He said that he extended his vacation here in London to witness the Royal Wedding because it’s only a once in a lifetime event. He and my friend are going to the Royal wedding. I checked my schedule if I have work on that day, gladly, there’s none. I happily said, Pwede ako sumama senyo?! (Can I come?). He said, “Of course!” I excitedly replied, “Yeyyy! Finally, I will be going to the Royal Wedding with friends.”
Me and my friend Karl has work on the 18th of May, we were on day shift at that time so we weren’t able to research that much about the Royal Wedding. The next day on May 19, the day of the wedding, we took the 8.22am train from Norbiton to Twickenham for 45 minutes, then got off the train and switched platform to ride the train from Twickenham to Windsor.
The TFL (Transport for London) added more trains going to Windsor for the Royal Wedding to accommodate more passengers. When we arrived in Windsor, there were staff of TFL asking for the train tickets. But since we didn’t research that much, we didn’t buy a ticket, instead Karl and I used our contactless debit cards and Chad and Tita Amy (my friend Astrid’s mother) used their oyster card. It was fine, it’s just that we need to purchase the train tickets to be able to enter Windsor. We were advised to refund the £11 (the amount that we tapped from Norbiton train station) in the TFL website and purchased the two way tickets because we won’t be allowed to go in without the ticket.
When we got in, we went with the flow of people until we reached the Windsor High Street. I must say, the vibe was very fun and festive. There were lots of British locals and people from UK and around the world. I saw tourists from Canada, Australia and Italy etc. I don’t know how we got in the place, we just walked and walked until we saw a part with not a lot of people and just stayed there. We were in front of the barricade and we were very close to the road and I couldn’t believe that the route of the procession was the one in front of us. We stayed in the place at around 11am and the wedding started in St. George’s Chapel at exactly 12pm. There were no big screens in the road but there were speakers all over the place, that way we can hear what’s happening in the ceremony. Then at half past 1, the procession started and everything happened so fast. The next thing we knew, the horse drawn carriage of Prince Harry and Meghan was on it’s way to us. I really wanted to see the wedding dress of Meghan and I was stuck seeing her dress and her face, I was amazed of the simplicity of her dress, her hair and make up and her over all look. She’s stunning! I like her personality and how she and Prince Harry wore their hearts on their sleeves.
It’s also nice to see Prince Charles walked Meghan down the aisle. I can see that Prince Charles is happy because he is in a good place now that he is married to Duchess Camilla. Everyone’s happy!
This is my very first YouTube video, The Windsor Vibe During the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan.
P.S. I will create more videos to improve contents and my editing skills in the next few days or weeks.
And as we are familiar on how the fairytale story ends, I sincerely hope for this.
And they live happily ever after.
That is my hope not just for the Royal family but for everyone, that all of us will live happily everyday.
Thank you for watching! Enjoy!