WE WOKE up with plans to tour London all day, but when the alarm went off at 6:30am, we quickly reconsidered. While it would, no doubt, have been an interesting experience, there is just too much excitement in the air to concentrate on such things.

Our focus on the event at hand, has taken over our every move and thought. We are, after all, here for The Wedding of The Century.

So, after a nice English breakfast in our room, with lovely grilled tomatoes, bangers and eggs, we went back to bed for a couple of hours. It is, after all, our holiday and we need to save our energy for the big camp out in less than 36 hours.

We headed for the Tower of London, to see the Crown Jewels we had missed on the group tour but were ten minutes too late. Yes, I do believe we are terribly distracted.

After taking a bit of the scenery in there, we hailed a cab and asked him to do what has now become a regular routine: First, ask him to drive us to our next destination, via the procession route and second, ask his opinion on what time we should head for our spot.

He was a friendly guy named Alfie, to whom I promptly began serenading with the signature sixties song.

He, in return, entertained us with his tales of former famous fares, such as George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Faye Dunaway and Dionne Warwick (who, no surprise here, sang the song to him years ago, much better than I!)

Driving around, we now hold our breath each time we head towards Buckingham Palace, The Mall and The Abbey, we worry that there are fanatics out there crazier than us, vying for the best place to be.

In fact, as you may have already seen, there is a guy camped out in front of the media stands across from Westminster Abbey. He’s sitting on his mattress, covered in Union Jack sheets, holding court, giving press interviews. I believe, in his spare time, he surely can be found outside the latest Star Wars convention, waiting with his light saber and Jedi costume. Just sayin’.

Aside from some political protesters that are always in the area, there are only about five tents set up. We are hoping others will wait until early Thursday morning, when we want to head down, but are starting to feel that it may have to be there earlier.

The atmosphere is changing dramatically and many reporters are popping up all over the place. As we were leaving our hotel today, we were stopped by NBC News, which may have been due to the fact that Julie was now sporting a fascinator. Emily and I believe she’s channeling her inner Audrey Hepburn.

Later, we headed to The Mall again, that is now decked out in gigantic Union Jacks. It’s coming together, folks. It’s really happening.

All the major networks have set up across from The Palace, in a structure that resembles stadium sky boxes. Each have furniture, chandeliers, fresh flowers and all the accouterments of a five star hotel lobby.

We also drove past The Goring Hotel again, where a few paparazzi have now staked out the place. The Middleton’s are due to arrive tomorrow. The three of us are now wondering how they plan to sneak in The Dress. Word is there will be a barbecue hosted there on Friday for their extended family and friends not attending the palace receptions. The stage is set in the new Royal Suite, awaiting the future Queen of England to arrive, as well.

Yesterday, when we were at Harrods, we learned that they were unveiling their special Royal Wedding window displays today. So, naturally, we rushed back over there. They were works of art. Simple elegance, at its best.

They featured royal wedding photos, going back centuries, wedding gowns, china and cakes galore. It was absolutely stunning.

This experience only gets better by the day.

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