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Windsor ready for Prince Harry and Meghan's big day

Royal fans flock to the Berkshire town for the royal wedding

Sophie Hamilton
Parenting Editor
May 19, 2018
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The royal wedding is finally here and Windsor is ready! The sun is shining, royal fans have camped out for days and a huge 1km of bunting decorates the procession route in the historic Berkshire town! At 12 noon Prince Harry will marry his bride Meghan Markle in what is to be the biggest royal wedding since William and Kate. The atmosphere in Windsor is electric, with crowds eagerly waiting to catch a glimpse of the bride and groom and their famous guests. Spectators have been up since the early hours to secure their roadside viewing spots and the world's media are ready to capture the first arrivals at Windsor castle. Royal wedding garden parties are happening all over the UK and the whole nation is glued to their TV screens!

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The Berkshire town has spent months preparing for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day, with local hotels booked up months in advance for Saturday 19 May. Roads in and out of Windsor were closed from 6am on Saturday, with visitors advised to catch trains into the town. The procession route is ready for the happy occasion, decorated with ceremonial banners and large screens appear on Long Walk and Alexandra Gardens for spectators to view live footage of the day. 

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Royal fans have camped out for days ahead of the wedding

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Harry and Meghan will marry in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle at midday. The 600 guests are due to arrive at 9.30am and the royal family at 11.20am, with Harry and William expected for around 11:45am. The atmosphere is sure to amazing as crowds try to catch sight of the couple's outfits as they enter the castle. The ceremony will last for an hour, after which the bride and groom will take part in a 25-minute carriage procession around Windsor before joining their reception at St George's Hall at 1.30pm.

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The borough of Windsor has stated that rail operators will be putting on extra trains on the day and there will be 'park and glide' services to help visitors get into town. Other preparations include a 6,000 space pre-booked car parking area, specific viewing areas, food stalls and facilities and a team of 140 Royal Borough Ambassadors to help steward the event.

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Windsor is a particularly special place for Harry, who has a life-long connection to the pretty town. The groom's history with Windsor dates back to when he was just three months old, as he was baptised in the very same chapel where his wedding ceremony will be held. As a teenager he spent a considerable amount of time in and around Windsor as he attended the prestigious Eton College from 1998 - 2003. Harry is also said to have learned to row at Eton Dorney Lake, which was the venue that hosted the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic rowing events.

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