This spring’s royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is getting closer! Watching the royal wedding in Windsor, the town outside of London where the royal family keeps a residence at Windsor Castle, will be a little more challenging than the public spectacle of Prince William and Princess Kate’s London wedding a few years ago. But the town of Windsor and the royal household are doing everything they can to share the happy day with visitors. Here’s what you need to know about watching the royal wedding in Windsor!
What’s to see in Windsor?
If you’re in Windsor for the royal wedding, you’re most likely there to see the royal procession after the wedding. (Unless you have an invitation to the wedding in which case, please message us with all the awesome details afterwards!)
But either way, Windsor is simply fantastic–the most thematically perfect place for a royal wedding we can think of. After all, with views like these…
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…how could a future monarch go wrong? These streets were just made for prancing horses, fluttering bunting and general revelry. And that’s exactly what you’ll find if you’re watching the royal wedding in Windsor!
The processional route will have room for thousands of spectators, as it stretches through the town of Windsor and up Windsor Castle’s iconic straightaway, The Long Walk.
Before the procession, event planners promise screens set up throughout town and along the procession route, so well-wishers arriving early will be able to watch the wedding in real-time. With many thousands expected to descend upon this little town, you might find streaming on your smartphone is pretty much impossible, so those big screen solutions will come in handy!
Around Windsor Town, you’ll find plenty of old world charm and interesting historic markers — like Ye Olde King’s Head, an old inn which is supposedly where Shakespeare penned The Merry Wives of Windsor. Even without the Bard connection, the pub would be impressive–the inn dates back to 1525. It’s the sort of place that’s typical in Windsor’s impressively well-preserved old town.
Other spots of note are the Crooked House (most recently rebuilt in 1687), and an elegant Guildhall dating back to 1689 (and home to several weddings of note itself, including that of Prince Charles and Mrs. Camilla Parker-Bowles, and of Elton John and David Furnish). Windsor’s old town is so quintessentially, perfectly English, you’ll probably go home with a new appreciation for afternoon tea and the importance of chintz in home decoration.
The Royal Wedding Procession Route
If you’re getting up bright and early–well, dark and early, as you’re going to want to line up before dawn to score a prime spot, according to predictions–here are the locations where you’ll be able to wait for the procession to trot by.
The Long Walk: this 2.64 mile route leading up to Windsor Palace will certainly provide the most space for the crowds expect to arrive. Plus, entertainment and viewing screens are on tap for the morning wait and the big event itself.
Snow Hill: the hill above the Long Walk will provide a lovely, if distant viewing area if you need a little elbow room.
Windsor Town: Streets around the town marked for the procession include High Street, Sheet Street, Kings Road and Alberts Road.
The party planners have a great video of the route to help you get a better idea of where the procession will take place.
The #RoyalWedding carriage procession route has been announced by @KensingtonRoyal! Here’s what the newly married couple will see in Windsor 🏰💒🍾#HarryandMeghan #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/FgQ9sMixeo
— Visit Windsor (@visitwindsor) February 12, 2018
Not one for crowds? There’s plenty of fun to be had at royal wedding viewing parties in London. We’ve got a list right here of London’s royal wedding options. And while you’re in town, don’t forget to visit these historic London royal wedding venues!