On a Saturday unlike any other, the usually serene village of Englefield has been overrun by TV satellite vans and wedding well-wishers clad in neon-orange fedora hats and Union Jack flags.
Meryl Elizabeth Evans, in her 60s, travelled from South Wales to witness the “wedding of the year” between Pippa Middleton and financier James Matthews at St Mark’s Church.
She said: “We didn’t get here till nine, and we thought we wouldn’t be able to see anything. But there weren’t too many people – we didn’t have to fight our way in. It’s a nice atmosphere, everybody’s friendly, it’s just a nice country feel to it.”
Mrs Evans said she was most looking forward to spotting the guests’ attire, and said: “I’d love to see the fashion – the clothes, the hats and the fascinators. But they’ll all be in cars so we’ll probably see it on TV.
“We’ve met people from around the world, and the camera crews are from everywhere. It is the wedding of the year, isn’t it?”
Mrs Evans, who also visited the church on Friday, noted the secretive atmosphere among the locals.
She told the Press Association: “We went to one of the villages nearby and they weren’t excited. I don’t know if they’ll bother coming here.
“We wish the newlyweds all the best and let’s hope that the weather stays nice for them.”
Among the frenzied media babble stood royal fan Sandra Shaw, who arrived brightly dressed for the occasion in a neon-orange T-shirt and hat, and a Union Jack flag.
The 55-year-old, who drove from Warrington in Cheshire, said: “I didn’t look at the mileage, but it took us three-and-a-half hours to get here. I’m excited to see the younger royals more than the older ones.”
Ms Shaw said she was hoping to see Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who will star as a pageboy and bridesmaid, despite worries about their behaviour expressed by their mother, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Her sartorial choice was driven by the toddlers, who she hoped might wave as they spotted her standout outfit.