Dear Family and Friends,
After we finished work at the Centre on Thursday afternoon we took bus number 11, sat in the upper deck, rode down the King’s Road past Victoria Station and got off at Westminster Abbey. Crowds were already large as we walked down the street. We saw people in tents and with bed rolls, waving UK flags. We talked with a Bobby who said some of the people had been there since Monday night. He said he didn’t want to know how they did their wash up. The news cameras were out in force.
We took the bus with Elder and Sister Crandall up towards Hyde Park. We had to walk part of the way because the roads were starting to be closed to traffic. Harrods Department Store was decorated with flags and the window displays were incredible. One had a replica of Buckingham Palace. Many had exquisite wedding cakes.
We found where the Hyde Park Ward had saved some space and put down our throw. We were able to see and hear the entire wedding and parade. We had a competition on who could predict what the wedding dress would look like and I won!
We felt like we were in the best place to see everything and feel the excitement of the crowd. The most exciting part was when William and Kate came out of Westminster Abbey. Suddenly the air was filled with red, white and blue confetti and it kept coming down on our heads for several minutes. It was so unexpected and I don’t know how they did it.
Another highlight was the vintage WW II plane fly-over. The planes flew over the palace when the Royal family was on the balcony and then flew over Hyde Park.
What an exciting thing to be a part of! I never realized how fun it would be to participate with the British people in such an event as this. What a beautiful celebration!
Now, it’s time to come back to Earth and to missionary work!
Our best to all of you!
Love, Elder and Sister Fugal (aka Cheryl and Ken, Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa)
P.S. One bit of family history- when the royal couple went into Edward the Confessor’s chapel in Westminster Abbey to sign the parish register, we immediately thought of the thousands of films in our Family History Centre. Ken said, “They need to get that on microfilm right away!”