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‘A day I will always remember’ - guests and well-wishers share their experience of the Royal wedding

PUBLISHED: 14:38 20 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:38 20 May 2018

Helen Reeve and her mother Joan on the grounds of Windsor Castle during the Royal wedding Picture: Helen Reeve

Helen Reeve and her mother Joan on the grounds of Windsor Castle during the Royal wedding Picture: Helen Reeve

Helen Reeve

A Royal wedding only happens once in a decade, and for many it is a day not to miss.

Helen Reeve and her mother Joan on the grounds of Windsor Castle during the Royal wedding Picture: Helen ReeveHelen Reeve and her mother Joan on the grounds of Windsor Castle during the Royal wedding Picture: Helen Reeve

Thousands of people from all walks of life made their way to Windsor to share the day with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and to become a part of history.

Cattle farmer Helen Reeve, from Alburgh, near Harleston, was among the crowd who were specially invited into the grounds of Windsor Castle.

She was one of six Norfolk representatives selected by the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk to watch the arrivals of the bride and groom and their guests at St George’s Chapel.

“The atmosphere was electric,” she said. “The people were friendly and the staff were helpful, it was quite a big honour to go.”

Celine Bailly, Faith Nwosu and Precious Shumba celebrating the Royal wedding at Windsor Picture: ArchantCeline Bailly, Faith Nwosu and Precious Shumba celebrating the Royal wedding at Windsor Picture: Archant

Miss Reeve and her mum Joan Reeve were able to watch the Royal family make their way into the chapel followed by a string of celebrity guests.
She said: “I never thought I would be a stone’s throw away from George Clooney.

“I was quite excited to see Johnny Wilkinson, I’ve been a fan of him for such a long time and there he was in front of me, it was quite bizarre.”

Miss Reeve said it will be a day she will remember for the rest of her life, adding: “It was good to be in the atmosphere and soak up the sun.

“All the people who were there had their stories to tell and it was lovely to hear them.

Rebecca Fernandez, 61, travelled from Austalia to watch the Royal wedding in Windsor Picture: ArchantRebecca Fernandez, 61, travelled from Austalia to watch the Royal wedding in Windsor Picture: Archant

“It was amazing and also a break from tradition. It was truly a special day.”

The occasion also drew in people from across the globe.

Celine Bailly travelled from France to join her London friends Faith Nwosu and Precious Shumba to celebrate the wedding in Windsor.

“The day was long but in the end to catch a glimpse of the couple it was worth it,” she said. 
Rebecca Fernandez, 61, travelled thousands of miles across the globe from Australia to be part of the big day.
She had met Prince Harry last year when he visited Sydney for the Invictus Games.

Royal fans on the procession route take pictures of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA WireRoyal fans on the procession route take pictures of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

“I was here for his mother’s wedding, it was beautiful,” she said.


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