With months of secret planning, painting of market walls and pillars, cleaning floors, the worst kept secret between market traders finally came true as the Queen and Prince Phillip made their first visit to St George’s market.
The excitement amongst traders and the buzz in the market really was quite something else on the morning of the Royal visit, with a number of traders dressed up in their Sunday best!
Bins were sealed, doors were blocked off and as the morning progressed, the crowds began to arrive through the tight but very friendly security.
X’s were put on the floor marking the spot for the royal couple to chat with market traders.
Meanwhile the traders were having fun photobombing TV interviews (well Jenny of Steampunk Ireland was anyway), tweeting, facebooking and soaking up the atmosphere.
At 12 noon the Royal couple arrived, having already visited Crumlin Road Gaol and the set of Game of Thrones. They arrived into the market to be greeted with a huge round of applause and started their pre planned route of the market and of course stopped at the pre assigned X’s. Philip, of course, went off route a bit and ended up right in front of my stall! But I missed that, as I was too busy trying to get a photo of the Queen.
I moved along to stand behind Alice McGuiness’s stall where Prince Philip was due to stop and ended up capturing the first of this guys selfie moments. The teenager just appears..takes a photo then decides on a selfie.. quick as a flash, he got his photo and I don’t think Philip even knew it had just happened.
Later, the same kid got his selfie with the Queen, which has gone global… with St George’s Market being mentioned every time. You couldn’t buy that publicity! Watch the Queen selfie in the making here.
My stall neighbour Paula (Sew Personal) was asked to design and make a cushion for Prince George which was presented to the Queen at the end of the tour. How cute is it with the helicopter specially chosen to appeal to his dad!! Check out some press coverage of the cushion handover here.
It was a fun day and one the traders at the market will never forget.