Fan stakes prime spot for royal wedding

2011-04-26 15:42
London - Super fan John Loughrey slept on a pavement in front of Westminster Abbey on Monday.

The Daliy Mail reports the 56-year-old former assistant chef was armed with mountains of William and Kate memorabilia as he set up camp outside Westminster Abbey to secure a prime viewing spot for the upcoming royal wedding.

He also wore a Kate and William T-shirt emblazoned with the words "Diana Would Be Proud".

Loughrey, a self-confessed royal family super fan told The Daily Mail that he intended to stay in the spot until Saturday April 30, the day after the wedding.

Loyal to the royals

He said: "I have always been loyal to the royal family.

"I think they are good for Britain and good for tourism. We have had them for more than 1 000 years and they make a great contribution to the life of this country."

Loughrey told The Daily Mail he had attended every single hearing of the inquest into the death of Diana, camping for three days outside the Royal Courts of Justice in central London.

He became so well-known at the inquest - with 'Diana' and later 'Dodi' painted on his face - that he was even given a special mention by the coroner, Lord Justice Scott Baker.

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