I’m refusing to EAT so I don’t need loo while queuing 3 DAYS for Jubilee celebrations – I’ll die happy if I see QueenMay 31, 2022
A ROYAL superfan is so desperate not to miss any of the Platinum Jubilee action outside Buckingham Palace she isn't eating or drinking a thing.
Angie Hart, who flew in from Canada this morning, wants to ensure she doesn't need to go to the toilet over the three days she is camping out on The Mall and risk losing her prime position.
The 51-year-old, from Toronto, arrived to secure her front-row spot at lunchtime today, accompanied by her husband Patrick, 46, and daughters Camille, 22, and Charlotte, 23.
And while they're kitted out with chairs, ponchos, blankets and binoculars, there is little to no food or drink in their bags.
Angie, wearing a Jubilee jumper from Marks & Spencer, said: "We have brought some snacks, but honestly we don't eat too much because it's a problem."
When asked about what she'll do about going to the loo until she leaves on Thursday night, she said: "Let's just say I've got an extra change of clothes.
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"That's why we don't eat or drink. I've never had an issue with that and I'm not about to start.
"By the end, when everyone is here, you're tiptoeing through the crowds trying not to step on anyone to get to the bathroom, so eating and drinking is a bit of a no."
Self-confessed fanatic Angie attended her first royal event with her mum, but she hauled her whole family along to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in 2018.
And while that was "amazing", they have been giddy with excitement ahead of this weekend's celebrations marking Her Majesty's 70-year reign.
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"It's a once in a lifetime event," Angie said.
"I did the other two royal weddings and stayed out at the Royal York in Ontario to shake Diana's hand, and that was a real thrill.
"But it's on my bucket list to see Trooping the Colour, and I just felt that this might be it with the Queen and her mobility issues.
"I hope she has many more to come, but this could be my only chance."
The mum-of-two said she and Patrick, who runs his own business, will hold the fort while her daughters, one of whom is pregnant, sleep at a nearby hotel.
She said: "We will literally just stay put. My girls will go back and forth but I'll stay here.
"We're nicer to the kids, but mummy is sticking it out."
Angie packed camping chairs emblazoned with the Canadian flag for the occasion – but they didn't bring a tent to sleep in.
Instead, they will snooze upright in their seats or on an air mattress, covered by a huge flag.
It's a once in a lifetime event.
"We love the Union Jack but we're representing Canada and the Commonwealth," Angie, who is hoping to see the royal children, said.
"It's gruelling, and by the end of it you're sleeping on your feet.
"They make you stand when it gets busy – it's like being a horse.
"But it's going to be a real show here for two whole days so totally worth it.
"Plus it's so much warmer than last time. At Harry and Meghan's wedding you could see our breath it was so cold.
"The security checked us every once in a while to make sure we were all alive."
Camille, who works for her dad's company so easily scored the time off for the Jubilee, added: "It will be a lot of fun, even if it rains."
Camped out alongside the Hart family are four other royal enthusiasts who arrived to pitch up yesterday.
Among them is Sky London, who met his fellow monarchy lovers at Princess Diana's funeral or the birth of Prince George – though he is doing the Platinum Jubilee a little differently.
The 61-year-old, who lives in central London, said: "When George was born, I slept in a cardboard box. I only live down the road and yet I slept in a box.
"But for this, I've got a tent. I've never slept in a tent before so this is a first.
"But I'm here for our Queen. For her to have reigned for 70 years, that's amazing.
"I'm very proud of her and it's a great weekend to celebrate that."
In the tent next to Sky is Maria Scott and her daughter Amy.
'I'M SO PROUD'
Maria, who is most excited to lay eyes on the monarch, said: "I wanted to get here early to see Trooping the Colour. It's going to be a very special one this year.
"I want to be part of history and soak up the atmosphere because it's going to be electric.
"I'm so proud to be here and be part of it. Money can't buy this experience, it's just wonderful.
"It's a bit tricky with the toilets as they're a bit of a walk, but we make it work."
And celebrating with them is John Loughrey, 67, from Streatham, south London.
Dressed in a Union Jack jester hat adorned with royal badges, John said: "Her Majesty has brought so much happiness to the UK and around the world over the last 70 years.
"She is my favourite. She is in my prayers every day, always.
"I'm going to do a little dance for Her Majesty and I'll have a sore throat – that's how loud I'm going to be singing God Save the Queen."
The Jubilee celebrations begin on Thursday with Trooping the Colour – the Queen's annual birthday parade.
She and other members of the Royal Family will gather on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to watch a flypast by the Royal Air Force.
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The following three days will be filled with other royal events, including a service of thanksgiving, a party at the Palace, and the Big Jubilee Lunch.
An ICM poll revealed 14.7m people are planning to join the festivities over the four-day break – almost double the number who participated in the Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
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