The streets around Westminster Abbey are officially an unwalkable sea of red, blue, and white. Police have put up barriers around the campers on the sidewalks to create makeshift walkways and are out in full force to keep people moving in one direction (half of them seem to be us Americans — you're welcome, London). Cars and buses are still inching along at the same pace as the pedestrians; while most are filled with frustrated drivers, we did spot one neon yellow vintage Rolls Royce decked out in British flags and a convertible filled with a family all holding flags and waving.
Meanwhile, security around Westminster is quite noticeably more intense. Police are stationed everywhere to make sure people know where they can and cannot walk. We found one dude in a pub just a block away who seemed shell-shocked by the crowd: "I work just around the corner and this street is normally completely empty at this time of night," he said.
We also found a couple who were invited to the wedding! And will actually be inside Westminster Abbey tomorrow, breathing the same air as Kate and William, craning to see The Dress in person around all the hats. Security is very tight, the wife explained: "You have to bring your utility bill and a passport or drivers license to get in. You need your utilities bill because that has the address on it the invitations were sent to." She showed us the personalized ticket guests must also present and the separate invitation to the VVIP dinner that will take place at Buckingham Palace in the evening.
After the wedding and daytime reception their game plan is to dash home to change into their evening gear for the nighttime party at the palace (she's also heading to her hairdresser to undo the effects of seven hours of wearing a hat). It's unclear how they'll deal with the traffic between the afternoon and nighttime receptions. After the ceremony at Westminster Abbey they won't have to worry about it since guests will get shuttled from there to the palace in glamorous buses. But unless guests going to all the day's parties pack their sparkly nighttime things and change at the palace, they'll all have to figure out how to get home, change, and get back in a sea of excited — and by then, probably drunk — royal obsessives.