Guide to the Royal Wedding
The marriage of Prince Harry and Megan Markle will take place in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle at 12pm on the 19th May 2018.
This is a Saturday so breaking with Royal tradition, we will all be able to enjoy the wedding that day.
At 1pm, there will be a carriage procession from St George's Chapel through Windsor Town, passing along the Long Walk. The couple, now married, will undertake a Carriage Procession from St George’s Chapel through Windsor Town before returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk.
There will then be a reception at St George's Hall for the couple and the guests from the congregation, followed by a private evening reception for their close friends and family.
There are plans for a giant screen to be erected in Windsor Town so the public can view the procession. Pubs will also be allowed to stay open until 1AM on the 19th May so you will be able to enjoy the festivities for longer.
Travel times to London
Norwich - travel time 2 hours
Cambridge - from 48 minutes
Ipswich - from 1 hour 9 minutes
Colchester - from 1 hour 2 minutes
Travelling to Windsor
Trains go regularly from Waterloo to Windsor and Eton Central and the average journey time is 34 minutes.
You can travel from Liverpool Street by Central Line to Bank and change onto the Waterloo and City line. Alternatively, you can walk from Liverpool Street to Bank and then take the Waterloo and City.
If you are travelling into Stratford, you can take the Jubilee line all the way to Waterloo.
Celebrations in Central London
There will be many celebrations in London throughout the day and you can make it a full day out or even a long weekend.
To celebrate the upcoming Royal festivities, Greater Anglia have compiled the best ways for visitors to join in the fun:
Imagine Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their big day at Windsor Castle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to wed on 19 May at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. A historical and cultural town within easy reach of London, visitors to Windsor can explore the areas Harry and Meghan themselves will walk on their special day with a tour of the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Plus if you go at the weekend, keep an eye out for Her Majesty The Queen as she spends most weekends there.
Standard tickets £20.50 or £53.00 for a family ticket (2 adults and 3 under 17s).
Explore Kensington Palace - Prince Harry and Meghan’s future home
Prince Harry and Meghan are set to move into Kensington Palace, meaning both Princes and their families will be neighbours. Royal fans can check out part of the Palace, in West London, which features grand rooms and historic artworks. There is also an exhibition of Princess Diana’s clothes from the 1980s and 90s for visitors to check out, called Diana: Her Fashion Story.
Adult tour tickets start from £15.50.
Fun for the family at the Natural History Museum
A popular option for young families and a favourite with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is the Natural History Museum. They are patrons of the museum, and Prince George even celebrated his first birthday with a visit to the museum’s seasonal ‘Sensational Butterflies’ exhibition. The Natural History Museum is home to more than 70 million botanical items, 55 million animal exhibits, 9 million archaeological relics and 500,000 rocks and minerals.
Have a look around Buckingham Palace
The Royal residence is a must for fans. If the Royal Standard flag is flying, it means Her Majesty The Queen is at home and is probably inside planning for the family celebrations taking place in the coming months. Get there for around 11.00 am to see the famous ‘Changing of the Guards’ or book to go inside and tour the State Rooms – including the Throne Room, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had their formal wedding photographs after tying the knot in 2011.
Adult tour tickets start from £35.60
Explore London’s largest Royal Park
Hyde Park is one London’s largest Royal Parks and there is a huge amount of things to do there. One of the most thought-provoking spots in the park is the Prince Diana Memorial Fountain. The design of the memorial aims to reflect Diana’s life with water flowing from different directions into a serene pool down below. This unique memorial was opened by The Queen back in 2004. Also worth a visit in Hyde Park is Speaker’s Corner, where on any given day there will be someone speaking publicly about the hot topics of the day.
Visit The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding venue
More than two billion people watched the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge get married at historic Westminster Abbey in 2011 and a visit to the venue will bring all your magical memories of the big day flooding back. The Abbey is a truly beautiful building and one of the most popular tourist attractions in London. You can walk down the aisle just like Kate and imagine you’re a princess for the day!
Adult tour tickets start from £20.00