Thursday, April 28, 2011

Royal Wedding Fever

The biggest wedding of the year is set to take place tomorrow! Prince William and his fiancée, Kate Middleton, will wed this Friday, April 29 at Westminster Abbey in London, England.

Royal weddings usually happen around every 13 years. They are extravagant events that capture the attention of the entire world. The wedding could attract a television audience over 2.5 billion people and 1 million people are to said to line the streets to try and get a glimpse of the royal couple.

With the volume of people the British Red Cross will be making sure that onlookers are safe by deploying over 100 volunteers. This will include over 70 first aid volunteers at 3 stations around London.

Mary Gardner, who has been a Red Cross volunteer for 27 years, will be one of those in the abbey.

“Royal weddings don’t come around very often, and there is such excitement and goodwill about this one,” she said. “I love the atmosphere in the abbey and volunteering for the Red Cross gives me the opportunity to be involved in all sorts of events there. I feel very honored and lucky to be on first aid duty for William and Kate’s wedding."

“On first aid duty at events, a lot of the incidents we deal with are thankfully minor – cuts, bruises, blisters, dehydration or emotional upset. There can always be more serious casualties, however, and some of us are trained to use oxygen, nebulisers and certain prescription drugs if necessary.”

The American Red Cross of greater Salt Lake unfortunately will not be setting up first aid stations for the royal wedding, so please everyone stay safe! Happy royal wedding!

1 comment:

The Greater Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross said...

What an exciting event for the British Red Cross' volunteers to be involved in! I was actually just wondering today if there was any Red Cross connection to this event, so great story!