With a history that’s intertwined with the royal family, it’s no surprise that Windsor is playing host to not one, but two royal weddings this year.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
First the town will be helping Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrate their wedding.
The wedding ceremony is taking place at noon on Saturday May 19 2018. They will be wed in the beautiful surroundings of St George’s Chapel. It is a part of Windsor Castle that dates back to the 14th century, the Chapel is the spiritual home of the Order of the Garter. Having played host to numerous royal weddings in the past , it is often chosen for the more intimate atmosphere it creates in relation to its larger cousin Westminster Abbey.
Whilst the ceremony itself is a private affair, the royal couple have been clear of their wish to share their happy day with the general public. After the ceremony at 1pm, they will process through the town by carriage on a route that will include Castle Hill, High Street, Sheet Street, Kings Road, Albert Road and the Long Walk before heading back to Windsor Castle.
Prince Harry and Meghan have also announced that 2640 specially selected members of the public will be invited into the grounds of Windsor Castle so they too can feel like part of the wedding celebrations.
If you are planning on coming to Windsor for the day you will find the town centre will be packed with well wishers. My tip is to bring a picnic, a bottle of bubbly and find a spot beside the Long Walk if you want a more relaxed viewpoint.
The choice of Windsor as their wedding venue is perhaps no surprise. A long time favourite with many members of the Royal Family, Prince Harry has also had a long association with Windsor. He attended Eton College, which is just the other side of the river and easily reached on foot from the Castle. He was also stationed in Windsor during his military service. In fact, Harry was often seen around town as a young cornet in the Blues and Royals, a division of the Household Cavalry Regiment. In fact, he was occasionally spotted in the now named ‘Duchess of Cambridge’ pub just opposite the castle.
Meghan, being from across the pond doesn’t have any obvious Windsor connections yet, although her mother does live in Windsor Hills, California if that helps? Oh yes, and In 2012 Meghan acted in an American crime-comedy-drama television series called ‘Castle’.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
Once the excitement of Prince Harry’s royal wedding has died down, we will be welcoming Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank to town. They are getting married in Windsor later in the Autumn. The princess went to school in the Royal Borough and spent many years in the local area. Her name also ties her firmly to Windsor, being named after Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg and after Princess Helena, a daughter and a granddaughter to Queen Victoria. Both of these women spent many years living at Windsor Castle. Eugenie fiance Jack is also a descendent of Edward III (1312 – 1377). That king was born at Windsor and gained the nickname ‘Edward of Windsor’.