|Live and learn
On April 29, I was one of the million people who filled the streets outside Westminster Abbey for the extravaganza that was Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding. But rather than just a fan, I was a working journalist, braving the hordes to seek quotes, colorful anecdotes, and factoids.
As part of the London Economics Study Group, I spent three weeks interning at the Associated Press with European news supervisor Sheila Norman-Culp ’80. I spent my first day on the job — the Tuesday before the wedding — outside Westminster Abbey, interviewing fans already camped out in the cold. I snagged the story of the morning when I got a few words with John Loughrey, a self-proclaimed royal “super-fan.” Loughrey was the first to stake out a front-row seat for the big occasion and told me the day would be “fantastic for everyone.”
On Friday, I reported the latest news to anxious editors: Was that a smile on Victoria Beckham’s face? What shade of yellow is the queen wearing? Can we get a hold of dress designer Sarah Burton? These were buzzing questions that needed answers quickly. It was a busy start to the day, to say the least.
The story didn’t end when the newlyweds exited the abbey. At one of 800 street parties in London, I spoke with locals who believed the wedding was a great way for people of all nationalities to come together ... and have a few pints before noon.
The wedding was watched across the globe, so I had a feeling my hard work would be seen back home. The AP is the world’s oldest news agency, with a daily estimated audience of two billion people. At the end of a long day, I was proud to see my name on a contributor’s byline.
— Caroline Morrow ’12 (above, right, with Sheila Norman-Culp ’80)