If you were not one of the lucky 1,200 members of the public who had an invite to the royal wedding land on their doormat, fear not, as you can still travel to Windsor and soak up the atmosphere of the big day.
You will be in good company, as thousands of royal fans are expected to line the streets of the Berkshire town on May 19th. Catching a glimpse of Prince Harry and his bride Meghan Markle will not be down to chance, however, as the couple will conduct a carriage procession through the streets of Windsor straight after the marriage service.
Royal wedding carriage procession route
After tying the knot at St George’s Chapel, the couple will set off in their carriage at around 1pm. It will travel down Castle Hill and along Windsor High Street, continuing through the town and down to the end of the Long Walk, where the looming Copper Horse statue of George III towers above. From here, the newlyweds will make their way up the three-mile Long Walk to St George’s Hall, where their guests will be waiting for the first of their receptions.
It’s most likely that Harry and Meghan will undertake their procession in the 1902 State Landau coach, which was used for Kate and William’s wedding and that of Charles and Diana. Its open top makes it a wonderful option for the gathered crowds to get a good view of the couple. No doubt, the Glass Coach will be kept in reserve in the event of rain.
Top tips for watching the procession in Windsor
- Choose a spot on the Long Walk, as the arrow-straight avenue will mean you get a good view of the carriage before and after it goes past. Windsor Castle at the end of the Long Walk will also provide the perfect backdrop for any pictures you snap.
- Arrive early and get in position, as there will be plenty of people vying for the best spots.
- Prepare for all weather conditions, including rain and a hot sun. A waterproof jacket and sun cream are both essential.
- Pack food, lots of water, flags and some fancy dress to keep you comfortable and help you get in the spirit of the occasion.
- Expect to be subjected to extra security measures, such as body scanners to get into Windsor and its vicinity.
Getting to Windsor for the royal wedding
It’s safe to say that there will be lots of people travelling to Windsor to see the events unfold on May 19th. Take the stress out of it by clubbing together with your fellow royal fans and hiring a private coach to get you there.
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