Countdown to the Royal Wedding 2018

Apr 19, 2017

The biggest UK event of 2018 is just around the corner, with the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle taking place in Windsor on Saturday 19 May.

Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle tie the knot on a weekend, a rarity for the royal household. Thousands of well-wishers are expected to descend on Windsor to join in the celebrations, with many more millions watching the proceedings at home.

The wedding service will commence at 1200 at St George’s Chapel. The Royal Peculiar, this 14th century landmark seats approximately 800 and has played an important role in the long history of the British monarchy.

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The Dean of Windsor, The Rt Revd. David Connor will conduct the service, whilst The Most Revd. and Rt. Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, will be officiating the ceremony as is the tradition.

The newly-weds are expected to depart St George’s Chapel an hour later, travelling by horse-drawn carriage through the streets of Windsor. First leaving the historic grounds of Windsor Castle via Castle Hill, the Procession will continue along Windsor’s High Street and through the town area, where many revellers are expected to be gathered to cheer the pair onwards.

The Procession is then expected to return to the royal residence at Windsor Castle via the Long Walk. The Royal couple has invited 2640 people from across the UK into the grounds of Windsor Castle to enjoy the departure and return of the carriage Procession.

These numbers are made up of 1200 deserving members of the public from all walks-of-life. From every corner of the nation, these guests have made an impact in their local communities. Joining them are 200 representatives of charity organisations that Prince Harry and Ms Markle have close ties and affiliations with, 100 pupils from two local schools, 610 Windsor Castle community members and a further 530 members of the Royal Households and Crown Estate.

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Once completed, Prince Harry and Ms Markle will be joining their guests at a private reception in St George’s Hall. Later that evening, The Prince of Wales will be holding another private reception for the pair, along with their close friends and family.

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Where to watch the Procession

If you’re thinking of joining in the festivities and heading to Windsor to enjoy the street procession, be sure to check out the route the carriage will take here.

We reckon the best spot for catching a glimpse of the happy couple will be along the Long Walk leading up to Windsor Castle. At three miles long, the route cuts through the expansive Windsor Great Park, running from Snow Hill to George IV Gateway in the Castle grounds.

The Procession will be following the Walk as the newly-weds return to Windsor Castle for a private reception.

If you can’t get a spot on the Walk then perhaps join Prince Harry and Ms Markle on their journey through Windsor town centre. The optimum viewpoints are likely to be along the High Street – especially as there are plenty of cafes and toilets within walking distance for those making a day of it.

You’ll be able to upload all your snaps from the day to your Facebook and Instagram’s by logging on to Windsor’s free WiFi.

There is plenty going on all over Windsor to celebrate the occasion with many local businesses taking part in festivities and a number of special events happening across the town centre – stay tuned for more updates.

What’s on around the town?

The Royal Wedding promises to be the biggest UK event of 2018. On Saturday 19 May, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be tying the knot right here in Windsor. It’s expected to be a weekend of fun and festivity for all, with many thousands heading to the town to join in the celebrations.

It’s going to be a busy one and to help out Royal Windsor Racecourse are offering a full reserved parking service, with 24hr security, over the course of the Wedding week. With space for over 3000 cars, there’s plenty of room, but you’ll need to pre-book now to guarantee a space.

What’s more, once you’ve parked up, you can hop on a French Brothers’ boat service back into the town centre. Enjoy stunning views of the Thames and Windsor Castle from the deck of one of the French Brothers’ vessels, with return tickets available from just £10.

Savour a glass of Pimms as you cruise along the Thames – just remember to book ahead to guarantee a spot on what promises to be a spectacular Saturday.

If an excitable town centre isn’t quite your style, but you’re still keen on catching the Wedding, why not stay at the Racecourse and watch the events unfold on the big screen. Situated on the iconic Windsor lawn, this huge outdoor screen will give you the chance to enjoy the day without the crowds. For just £5 you’ll get full access to the lawn, where there is plenty to see and do with food and drink stalls, children’s entertainment, live music and more.

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