Millions of people across Britain have celebrated the royal wedding with local street parties, group picnics and other festive activities.St Andrews, the Fife town where Prince William and Kate Middleton met whilst at university, hosted a grand breakfast spectacular for 1,500 people whilst Downing Street held an outdoor party, politically correct we suppose as reported by one of our Watford escorts. The wedding service held at Westminster Abbey was broadcast on big screens in squares, pubs and churches, including the bride's home village of Bucklebury, Berkshire.
There were 21 arrests at an unofficial party in Glasgow's Kelvingrove Park. Not surprisingly the Strathclyde police said most of the arrests were for drunkenness and disorderly behaviour. One police officer was hurt in the affray.
In all, more than 5,500 applications for street closures to hold events have been requested making these official celebratory events. A wedding breakfast was held in the hamlet of Chapel Row where the Middleton’s live, and Bucklebury Farm Park staged a day of celebrations culminating in a proms-style fanfare.
Southampton's Guildhall Square played host to several thousand people, who turned out for a party laid on by the city council. All attendee’s were encouraged to dress in red, white and blue, patriotism taken to its fanciful limits. Party goers were quoted as saying: "We're not royalists but it's bringing the country together and it's quite exciting really. We will remember this when we're old and grey and we can say we came down to the square to watch Kate and William get married."
Cornwall, which has very strong ties with the Prince of Wales, made application for 30 road closures so festivities could be held. And in Tetbury, Gloucestershire - the closest town to Highgrove House, Charles's family home, locals enjoyed picnics. Gloucester Cathedral showed the wedding on a giant screen, whilst parties took place in the city and in its nearby neighbour, Cheltenham.
Many other events took place, of those reported a mass picnic took place along the High Street of Alcester, in Warwickshire and street parties were held in Lavenham and Foxearth in Suffolk and in Wells-next-to-the-Sea in Norfolk. Big screen showing proved very popular and in Eastbourne, East Sussex, hundreds turned up to view the event on a huge screen in Princes Park.
All in all the British Iles seemed to become engrossed in the frenzy of this special day for the Prince and his beautiful bride