Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

WEB NEWS

France's top consumer group sues Internet giants

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users pay tribute to South Korea ferry victims

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

A landslide victory for the 'invisible candidate' in Algeria's Presidential polls

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014 (part 2)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Presidential adviser resigns over "shoe-shine scandal"

Read more

#THE 51%

Breaking stereotypes

Read more

#TECH 24

Galaxy S5 v. HTC One (M8): Which is the right one for you?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

New PM Manuel Valls outlines priorities

Read more

  • The Great War's unsung four-legged heroes

    Read more

  • Freed French journalists arrive home after Syria ordeal

    Read more

  • French journalist tells of release from captivity in Syria

    Read more

  • Divers begin pulling bodies from sunken South Korean ferry

    Read more

  • Syria’s Assad visits recaptured Christian town at Easter

    Read more

  • UK’s Hamilton cruises to victory at Chinese Grand Prix

    Read more

  • Curfew call after deadly clash at Ukraine checkpoint

    Read more

  • In pictures: French kite festival takes flight

    Read more

  • Le Pen’s National Front fail to woo Britain’s Eurosceptics

    Read more

  • PSG clinch fourth League Cup title after beating Lyon

    Read more

  • Militants kill Algerian soldiers in deadly ambush

    Read more

  • Scores killed in South Sudan cattle raid

    Read more

  • VIDEO: Anti-Semitic leaflets in Eastern Ukraine condemned

    Read more

  • In pictures: Good Friday celebrated across the globe

    Read more

  • Bouteflika, the ghost president

    Read more

  • Does Valls’ upcoming Vatican trip violate French secularism?

    Read more

  • Ukraine separatists say ‘not bound’ by Geneva deal

    Read more

  • Abel Ferrara’s hotly awaited DSK film to premiere on web

    Read more

  • Obama signs bill to block controversial Iran diplomat from UN post

    Read more

  • Astronomers discover Earth-like planet that could support life

    Read more

  • In pictures: Iranian woman pardons son’s killer at the gallows

    Read more

Europe

London welcomes masses with royal wedding campsite

©

Text by Katherine THOMPSON

Latest update : 2011-04-28

Tourists have descended on London in droves for the Royal Wedding, all looking to take part in the celebrations. And for those looking for cheap accommodation? A campsite in the heart of the city, of course.

When you think of 'London' and 'the royal wedding', camping does not automatically spring to mind. But in the bustling south-west London neighbourhood of Clapham, an enormous campsite called 'Camp Royale' has been erected. It is camping, but not as we know it.

Clapham Common tube station.
The campsite has been set up to accommodate those traveling from across the UK and around the world who want to take part in the royal wedding celebrations. The campsite also helps those who might be put off visiting the capital for the festivities due to the astronomical hotel prices in London. Clapham Common, which is right in the heart of the popular and trendy neighbourhood of Clapham, is an iconic park, where concerts and festivals are frequently held during the summer months.
 
With the world's press descending on London as well as tourists, the 'Camp Royale' site early Thursday afternoon was more like the press pen at a major news event than a campsite. The campsite had just opened, and the rather excited early arrivals were delighted by all the media attention.

Lisa Harrison and Dennis Hunt agree that 'Will and Kate'are “more normal” than the rest of the royal family.
Camper Lisa Harrison, who was wearing a giant 'Kate hearts Will' jumper, said with a big beam that she was, “enjoying all the attention”. Lisa was also sporting a replica of the engagement ring that Prince William gave Kate Middleton. Traveling down from the Northern English town of Leicester this morning, Lisa was with her boyfriend Dennis Hunt. Dennis stated, with a good humoured roll of his eyes, that he was, “reluctantly dragged along”. Both, however, agreed that they were enthusiastic about the royal wedding as Will and Kate (as they are called in the UK) are “more normal” than the rest of the royal family.
 
Cassie and Leila Reynolds-Araji are enthused about what they described as a “once in a lifetime event”.
This point was echoed by sisters Cassie and Leila Reynolds-Araji, who were also enthused that the wedding was a “once in a lifetime event” and said they wanted to enjoy the atmosphere. Both declared themselves to be “very excited”, and reported that their Iranian relatives living in the USA were equally as thrilled and would likely get up early to watch the event on TV at home in Los Angeles. Interestingly, both sisters said their enthusiasm for the event had a lot to do with the constant bad news in the media about the economy and events around the world, and that this event was a pure and simple fun story that everyone could enjoy.
 
Liz and Helen Leg, a mother and daughter from Suffolk, in the south of England, said that their visit was due to the daughter Helen having met the Queen at the Golden Jubilee when she visited a town near their home. As a result, the daughter is now a firm royal fan, as demonstrated by the handmade 'Will and Kate' flag she was brandishing.
 
Liz and Helen Leg are firm royal fans.
The campsite is setting up a big screen for campers to enjoy the festivities. But most people still seemed to be undecided about whether they would brave the throng outside Buckingham Palace or stay and enjoy the atmosphere at Camp Royale.
 
Whatever the campers decide to do, they are sure to do it armed with a Union Jack flag, and possibly with a journalist lurking in the background looking for an interview and a photo.

 

Date created : 2011-04-28

  • ROYAL WEDDING

    Royal party-poopers flee Britain to avoid wedding fever

    Read more

  • ROYAL WEDDING

    UK revokes Syrian envoy's royal wedding invite

    Read more

  • ROYAL WEDDING

    Final touches underway as wedding countdown begins

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)