So I’m back with the second part of my royal wedding diary. If you missed part one, you can read it here.
Waking up at 2:30 a.m. after one hour of sleep isn’t usually the way someone starts the story about one of the best days of her life. But a royal wedding isn’t a normal day, now is it?
The morning of Saturday, May 19, started out as cold and dark as you would expect a spring morning in England to be. I went to bed around 10:30 the night before and woke up at 11:45 WIDE AWAKE … and never went back to sleep before my alarm went off at 2:30 a.m.
I guess it was a combination of excitement, nerves, jet lag … you name it. Being on live television with basically one hour of sleep was a concern, but luckily, I was too excited about the day to worry too much about it.
I spackled some makeup on my face and hoped for the best. By the way, UK bathrooms don’t have outlets in them so I had to curl my hair in the dark bedroom while my family slept. This was something I didn’t think through at all the night before or I would’ve done my hair before bed. It’s a miracle I didn’t burn myself!
My royal wedding outfit
The day was such a blur that I never thought to actually get someone to take a picture of just myself – actually, I barely took any pictures at all! But for the wedding day, I chose a tried-and-true outfit: my blue jersey wrap dress from Modcloth (no longer available) that looks just like Kate’s Issa engagement dress, and Butterfly Twists Union Jack flats.
The dress ticked all the boxes – comfortable, looks good on camera, and related to my blog. I wore some thick navy leggings underneath until it warmed up (I did take them off for my interviews, which was slightly awkward to do in a camp chair). Then I added my favorite denim jacket by Kut from the Kloth. I wear this with EVERYTHING and it’s the best jean jacket I’ve ever owned – highly recommend!
Since it was really cold I added my fleece-lined Boden Rainy Day Mac on top. It has a London print and I always get so many compliments on it! Sadly, it’s about five years old and they no longer sell that style.
If you saw the poll I did on my Instagram, I ended up choosing this red, white, and blue fascinator from Amazon. Everyone loved it and I didn’t have to spend $50-plus on something I would rarely wear again. I didn’t end up wearing the fascinator all day, but overall it was pretty comfortable.
I got my nails done the morning we left for England and love how they turned out!
For jewelry, I chose my copy of Kate’s wedding earrings. My husband got them for me as an anniversary gift last year from the Jewel Shop in the Tower of London. And as a last-minute accessory, my friend Lauren and I both bought Harry and Meghan scarves that a vendor was selling for £10 on The Long Walk. So fun!
Lastly, I threw tons of stuff in my Everlane Day Market Tote – snacks, makeup, shoes, water, portable phone chargers …you name it. The bag was mega heavy but it made life a lot easier that day. I’ve complained about this bag being too big in the past, but it was absolutely perfect for this trip. I wonder what Meghan keeps in hers?
The fun begins
BBC Breakfast arranged for a car to pick me up at 3:30 a.m. to take me to The Long Walk. I didn’t have to meet the producer until 6:50, but they were happy to pick me up early so I could get a good spot.
It worked out great because otherwise, I might’ve had to walk nearly 2 miles from my hotel in the dark by myself at 3 in the morning … which would have literally been THE LONG WALK.
I got dropped off where Lauren was waiting in the front row behind the barricade, all set up with our chairs. Shout out to her for bringing them for us!
Although people had been camping out for days closer to the castle, our stretch of The Long Walk, right at the start of it, was almost entirely empty. Probably, in part, because the big screens to watch the wedding were about a five-minute walk down from us. But we were willing to sacrifice the screen to get a front row space.
It was around 40 degrees but I think adrenaline had us buzzing for a while because I didn’t mind the weather. And then it got COLD.
My feet were blocks of ice and I hadn’t brought gloves even though I swore I had. Thankfully, I’d stolen my blanket from the flight for this purpose (sorry, Virgin Atlantic) and that helped somewhat.
By 4:30 a.m. a lot of people started showing up, and some ladies from Texas sat next to us. Then we met the two nicest women who are Brits living in St. Louis. The four of us really hit it off and had the best day together. (Waving hi to Nicki and Lindsay!)
Once again we ended up next to a press pen, so we made friends with the photographers. David Hartley from People Magazine was so kind and took pictures of all of us. Thank you to David for emailing me this photo!
Around 6:30 I had to start walking down to the middle of The Long Walk where many of the TV networks were set up. It took about 15 minutes for me to walk down to meet the producer from BBC Breakfast so I got to see a lot of the fun outfits and signs along the way. Not to mention a Pimm’s bus … and the very useful portapotties.
The walk also helped thaw my feet out because they were so frozen that I actually couldn’t feel them (slightly concerning). I’d brought my sneakers for the occasion since I knew I’d have to walk quite far, so I quickly changed into my Union Jack flats for the show. Again, I was thankful that my Everlane tote is HUGE and I could throw everything inside.
Finally, I met the producer and she walked me through the barricades to where the host, Carol Kirkwood, and the crew were set up on The Long Walk.
They had a crowd with flags lined up along the barrier and had them cheer and wave on cue for some nice background atmosphere, and then I went on.
I’ve done enough TV interviews that I wasn’t nervous (and let’s face it, I’ve been asked the same questions so many times in the past month that I could answer them in my sleep). But doing a live morning show viewed by that many people – with a huge crowd watching me – was slightly surreal.
The interview was really fun and I got to share some royal fashion tips and talk a bit about the blog – plus Carol Kirkwood was SO lovely.
Sadly, the Breakfast episodes are only available for 24 hours online and you can only view them in the UK or I would share the link here! I’m working on getting a clip to share.
It was just a really great experience and a career highlight for sure, even though I was absolutely FREEZING, and I mean shivering like crazy. I didn’t want to cover up my dress with my Boden jacket during the interview, but it was way too cold to take my jean jacket off so I had to suck it up and leave it on with the scarf.
I totally regret not packing my Meghan-esque white wool wrap coat, by the way.
After my spot on BBC Breakfast was over, I met with a reporter from RTVS, a Slovakian national public broadcasting organization. I taped a short interview with her, then headed back to my spot where my friends were holding down the fort.
We chatted a while with a reporter from BBC Radio who was in the press area, and next thing we knew she was coming over to do a live interview for BBC 5.
With the media interviews and other excitement going on, the morning passed by in what felt like two minutes. The temperatures started to warm up considerably (to the point where I was using my blanket to cover my legs from getting sunburnt) and suddenly it was time for Meghan and her mother to drive to the church!
While I hate to leave you hanging just when we got to the most exciting part, I’ll cover the rest of the day in part #3 of my royal wedding diary.
Until then …
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