Royal superfans came with tents, deckchairs and plenty of champagne to celebrate the anniversary. Donna Werner, 70, of Connecticut, booked her tickets as soon as palace officials set the date
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Celebrations have already begun for dedicated Platinum Jubilee revelers who are determined to thank the Queen for her 70 years of service.
Spirits were high in The Mall on Wednesday as the final preparations for the big weekend got under way.
Already on Monday, dedicated royal observers arrived to secure the best seat for Thursday’s Trooping the Color parade. Some even traveled from the US to catch a glimpse of the Queen.
Royal superfans arrived with tents, loungers and copious amounts of champagne, determined to party come rain or shine.
Donna Werner, 70, of Connecticut, booked her tickets as soon as palace officials set the date.
She and friend Mary-Jane Willows, 68, from Penzance, Cornwall, arrived on Tuesday and plan to go camping until Sunday.
Donna said: “I’ve followed the royal family since I was a young girl. The first event I followed was Princess Anne’s wedding to Mark Philips and I fell in love with Britain and the monarchy.
“I love the grand palaces and the gardens and everything British.
“I wanted to pay my respects to the Queen and everything she has done over the past 70 years.”
Mary-Jane added: “This is the most important royal event that has happened in our lives. She gave us 70 years – we can give her the weekend.”
John Loughrey, 67, of Streatham, was the first to arrive at The Mall when he pitched his tent on Monday afternoon.
He told the Mirror: “I want to say to the Queen: you are the crown jewels and we thank you ma’am.”
Guard Joseph Afrane, 58, from Battersea, celebrated with fellow royal observers dressed from head to toe in a Union Jack suit.
“The Queen is a beacon for this country and the Commonwealth,” he said.
“It’s going to be fantastic and I’m so excited. It’s a historic weekend.”
Avid cyclists known as the “Bike Angels of Basildon” pedaled down the Mall on Wednesday singing God Save the Queen.
Clare Weitzel, 55, said: “It’s already a fabulous atmosphere. We walked down The Mall in formation and sang God Save the Queen. As we passed through Admiralty Arch, I got goosebumps straight away.”
Carole Oakley, 62, and Judith Shaw, 62, added: “The Queen has done so much for this country. We want to show her what we all think of her.”
Sandra Brabbs, 48, and pal Jo Elworthy, 55, traveled from Yeovil, Somerset, to meet for the first time with royal superfans Lesley Warren, 50, from Sittingbourne, Kent, and Munever Halil, 59, from Catford, south-east London , to camp , who has been following royal events for 30 years.
Sandra told the Mirror: “I just think I had to do it because we’ll never get another chance to do this again.
“I think this will be the last time we see the Queen in this public way and after this weekend she will step down.
“The atmosphere is just electric. It’s so exciting to be a part of it.”
Fiona Chappell, 55, and Sammi Day, 33, also stocked up on ponchos, sleeping bags and champagne to set up camp at The Mall for the first time.
The Basingstoke couple said they wanted to come to show their gratitude to the Queen.
Fiona said: “I’ve never done it before but we just felt like it was really important this time.
“Really to say thank you to the Queen for doing a great job.
“I’m not a big Royal fan, but I love the Queen. I think her dedication and service to this country is amazing.
“She’s the only person we can always count on.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/royal-fans-pack-mall-sleep-27126030 Royal fans pack The Mall and sleep in tents hoping to see Queen during the anniversary