Lindsay Mackay ’10 is currently enrolled as a freshman at the University of St. Andrews University in Scotland, alma mater of Wills and Kate, aka HRH Prince William and his new bride, Catherine. Lindsay spent last Friday celebrating the Royal Wedding from a unique vantage point and sent the following email to share with the Govs community:
Kaity (Mullin ’10) and I were certainly in the best two places to celebrate the Royal Wedding. Kaity was in London and I received tickets to a beautiful breakfast event on the historical St. Salvador’s Quadrangle in St. Andrews (where, as I’m sure you know, Wills met Kate as university students) because my dance group was performing as an opening act to the festivities.
The breakfast was put on by the Fairmont Hotel (right by the Old Course) and welcomed locals and students of St. Andrews, alike. It was lovely to have the town and gown mix on the lawn. As the morning started, we had a lovely breakfast and saw acts from the university and local primary schools, and also saw traditional Scottish bagpipers and dancers. A large screen projected dubbed footage of the wedding in London. When Kate arrived at the chapel, the attention turned to the big screen and we watched in awe. As an international student, this was a fantastic time for me to observe the crowd and soak in British culture. Women were wearing lovely tea dresses and dramatic hats while men had brought out their finest tweed blazers and bow ties. They squealed when they saw Kate’s dress, chortled when Prince Harry was caught being cheeky on screen, and let their tears flow freely as Kate walked down the aisle. It was as if we were all guests in Westminister Abbey, ourselves!