Wedding-themed street parties are underway not only in Britain, but wherever Brits are living. I’m in Tirana in Albania where the British Embassy is hosting a street party at the Ambassador’s Residence. Union Jacks deck the tables, flowers are everywhere and the raffle table, with wedding-themed presents, is overflowing (profits will go to the Sue Ryder charity). Large TV screens are beaming that kiss to expats, diplomats and locals.
Speaking to a range of people last night, it became apparent what an asset the royal family is. Everyone in Tirana was talking about the wedding. People were saying they intended watch the ceremony and even visit Britain. I’m a non-practising republican and will remain one for a while after this fantastic pageantry. So will many people in Albania, it appears.