A Royal Wedding, what a fantastic day! The whole country seemed to have forgotten all the bad things going on and decided to have a party. A huge wave of happiness throughout the country. It really felt like a celebration of the best of being Brit, everyone in a good mood, smiling, laughing, welcoming and neighbourly. And the sun shone – our luck was in.
We had a Dutch family over to share in the festivities. Well, we weren’t going to wait for the actual ceremony to start celebrating, so we piled off to a local restaurant to have a posh English breakfast: that would be fruit & yoghurt – organic, probiotic, gut friendly of course – followed by sausages bacon and poached eggs (maybe not so gut-friendly, but scrummy) all accompanied by copious amounts of champagne. Champers before 10am, deliciously decadent! All Fridays should be like this!!!
Then hurry to the TV to gawp at the pomp and circumstance. And wasn’t she stunning, what a dress! The Abbey with trees! The cheers of the crowd outside echoing down the Nave! Awesome choir! (‘I Was Glad’ brought tears to my eyes). And Pippa – what a cracker, come on Harry, get in there!
But as fantastic as all that was, this was really a day for local community. So we and the Dutchies jumped into the car and zoomed off to Wyatts Green (home of Granny and Grandad) for the street party. This is where we got to see what real local relaxed easy-going England is like. Bangers and sausage rolls, crisps and fizzy pop. Trestle tables laden with food, and everyone chatting to everyone else. In England! So these photos are to show a snapshot cross-section of an Essex village community on an April afternoon in 2011. Let’s see what we’ve got….
‘Cheers’ in Union Jack paper cups, from girls in summer dresses.
A hat that seems to be rooted in Texas, but decorating itself in the old country…
Immy with a UJ alice band. A piano hauled out for a sing song, with some Chas and Dave numbers belted out. Not quite sure what the youngsters made of the songs, but the ladies definitely enjoyed them – bit of boogie on the street never goes amiss…
And what would a party be without balloons, patriotically coloured of course. And if you’re 3, you can get away with balloons AND a princess dress AND sandals and still look cute!
Mmmm, not amused. Not quite sure how Adam ended up with a serviette on his head. I don’t think he knows either! Risk of sun-stroke…?
Now some things are just designed to send kids into rapture. And this is one of them: a chocolate fountain. A good way to get kids to eat a lot of fruit of course! There’s the odd adult too who can’t resist. Just get this Mum barging her way in…!
Once order was restored, and the chocolate invading parents pushed out of the way, more sedate activities took place. Here’s Bert judging the plate decorating contest. And check out how happy one of the winners looks…
What on earth out Dutch friends made of it, I don’t know….
But let’s leave the last image to Kate + Wills (it was their day) + a young admirer. Great wedding, great hat, great chocolate mouth. A happy Britain! Congrats Wills and Kate, good luck from Wyatts Green, Essex!