WE’VE JUST returned from our wonderful excursions of the day: First, The Ritz for afternoon tea. Pun intended, but it truly took the cake. Check out this swanky coat check tassel. Are you kidding me??!

We later saw Mamma Mia, at the Prince of Wales Theatre in Piccadilly Circus, and it was the best production I have ever seen of this musical, topping Las Vegas and even Broadway. Sensational!

The crowds have tripled in size since we arrived and the whole city is buzzing. Queen Elizabeth is back home, her Royal Standard flying high above The Palace. At this moment, she is simply a grandmother . . . quietly resting, prior to watching her beloved grandson get married. Surely she is wondering, as we all are, where the time has gone.

Kate returned to London yesterday, making her last drive from her family home before becoming a part of history. Imagine the conversation she must have had with her sister, Pippa as they made their journey.

The weather is holding and rain is not expected until Friday afternoon. Trees have been moved inside The Abbey. We’re speculating it is going to be transformed into a ethereal wonderland. How could it not?

I wish I could elaborate more on all of this but our Cinderella clock is ticking away and we must get some sleep before we head out at 4:30am.

The moment is approaching. Our bags are packed and by the door, full of snacks, water, bunting, Union Jacks to fly and Union Jacks to pass out to the crowd for their reading pleasure during the wait.

I also have dozens of Princess Diana rosettes, that Emily helped me make, to honor her at this very special time.

If all goes according to plan, look for us at the end of The Mall, right side of the street, just before they turn the corner to Horse Guards Parade. We’ll be holding our bright, green sign that says: “SAN DIEGO – HI!”, with a picture of our own American royalty: The San Diego Chicken!

Here are a few photos that I hope you’ll enjoy of the continuous wonder of this amazing place. From the comfort of your homes, think of us sleeping on the sidewalk, in our little tent…three little girls waiting for a fairytale to come to life.

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  1. Cheryl April 28, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Jane, I get goose bumps everytime I read about your adventure! I will be looking for you tomorrow because I am sitting my alarm to wake up at 3 am to watch and record the whole day. Love you, Cheryl

  2. Paul April 28, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Great reporting and great photo. You all look beautiful.

  3. Cathy Metzinger April 28, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Great article – almost feel like I’m right there with you (and wishing I were!). Keep up the great work and thanks for taking us along on your journey!

  4. Roby and Max Park April 29, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Jane (“Mag”), We’re loving all of this! ! ! Enjoyed all our goodies you sent us (and sent all 4 girls
    who are also enjoying) as we watched the wedding and read your Blogs. What a great
    job you are doing! ! Love, Roby and Max

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