From protests to palatial posh places – this certainly has been an eventful day in London. Temperatures have become a little cooler and the threat of rain has changed the weather a little, but no matter, on we go with the royal reporting.
I headed back to Westminster Abbey to meet up with a fellow radio reporter who works for CBS. I had met him at Michael Jackson’s memorial in LA a few years ago. He showed me the set-up CBS has at the Methodist Church across the street from the Abbey. It’s also where BBC, NBC, ABC and all those other major broadcasters who have the bucks to set up office there have positioned their headquarters during the whole event.
Outside the Abbey, there was a flurry of activity as people started setting up their spots for Friday.
Quite a lot of interesting characters setting up camp!
And while they were doing that, a group of activists was protesting outside The Dorchester Hotel (where I bumped into the lovely Jane Seymour who is doing presenting for US TV) against King Mswati the III’s invite to the wedding. They want the British government to revoke the invitation because he is spending lots of money to come here, with his entourage, while two-thirds of Swaziland lives in poverty.
It’s believed the king changed plans at the last minute – apparently because of media attention about the protest – and moved to another hotel down the street.
From there, I dashed off to find Lancaster House, a magnificent palatial building that was used during the filming of The King’s Speech. Before sipping on some champers (and feeling really regal!) I chatted to Royal advisor Hugo Vickers, who thinks we might just see a royal baby in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year!
Oh – one more quick shot from today. A bride (actually two) popped up outside Westminster Abbey. Here one of them peeps in to see a man who is sleeping inside this tent – clearly trying to get in some sleep before Friday!