After months of hype, it comes down to this: the final countdown for the royal wedding of Wills and Kate.
And Central London appears it’s ready for Friday’s extravaganza.
Take security: Police officers stand guard outside each of the wedding attractions; even mailboxes have been sealed up.
Or consider the media: News crews were poised to spring into action all over, with a batch gathered outside the Goring Hotel hoping to snap the million-pound picture — a shot of Kate Middleton heading into the hotel for her pre-wedding celebrations and preparations.
Nancy O’Dell, host of “Entertainment Tonight,” had been up since 1 a.m. covering the wedding rehearsal at Westminster Abbey.
“At first, I was dreading being up for so long, but it’s great,” she said. “The more and more you learn about the royal wedding, the more exciting it is. ... It’s like the Super Bowl times 10,” she said.
And who can forget the legions of tourists? The royal wedding procession route is crowded with the camera-toting masses, and decorated with Union Jacks lining both sides of the road.
Bill Sheppard of Nova Scotia set up a tent along the parade route at 2:30 p.m. yesterday. He plans to stay through tomorrow to watch the wedding parade with a friend.
“This is our home for the next two nights,” said Sheppard. Even the rumors of impending rain don’t scare him.
“We’re prepared with waterproof tents and clothes,” he said. “We’re not going anywhere.”