- - Sunday, May 1, 2011

LONDON | The royal wedding may be over, but the festive mood it inspired lingers on - at least until the British go back to work on Tuesday.

The four-day weekend they received in honor of the wedding is taking the edge off whatever national hangover persisted from Friday’s celebrations. The days following the wedding dawned bright and sunny, drawing picnickers, sunbathers and groups of soccer players to Hyde Park, the site of a massive party on the wedding day.

Dee Izzard, 62, and her daughter Michelle, 32, of Hertfordshire relaxed on grass still strewn with confetti. They had not made it to London to see the wedding, so they made the trip Saturday to soak up some of the remaining atmosphere.

“We came today to go to Westminster Abbey,” said Dee Izzard. “We walked around and saw Kate’s bouquet [laid on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior] and the trees.”

The wedding bouquet was “a bit wilted now but very pretty,” she added.

Michelle Izzard missed the wedding because she was at work at a shoe store but said she watched part of it on her phone.

“It’s mainly about the dress, isn’t it,” she said.

They did not feel any post-wedding letdown, they said, because there was still so much to enjoy.

“It’s exciting to see everything that was put in place and all of the work involved,” said Dee Izzard.

Some of the work was still going on. Nearby, workers were dismantling the massive television screens that broadcast the wedding to Friday’s crowds and loading them into trucks.

Work in Hyde Park began at 9 a.m. Saturday and the end was nowhere in sight, said Phil Edwards of the One Step Beyond Transit Company. He and his team started their day clearing similar TV screens in Trafalgar Square at 3:15 a.m.

“If it were raining, we would be in a bad mood by now,” he said.

But the sun shone, his wife Shirley came along to keep him company, and he admitted that it was a rather nice day to be in the park.

“And it was beautiful driving around London at 4 a.m.,” he said. “No buses flying around getting in your way, no taxis.”

At Buckingham Palace, thousands of tourists lined the gates, peering in to see the guards and maybe even a glimpse of someone royal.

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