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Windsor prepares to welcome royal wedding

Published: Saturday, 14th April 2018

Windsor is preparing to welcome guests, visitors and well-wishers from across the world to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle.

Visitors will have a chance to view the wedding procession leave from Windsor Castle, through the town centre and along the Long Walk, where screens will show live footage as the event unfolds.

Work is well underway to ensure the occasion is a memorable and joyous one for all involved and the council is working closely with a wide range of partners.

Rail operators will be putting on extra trains and there will be park and walk and park and glide services to help people get into town. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and book all travel arrangements early so they can make the most of their trip.

The Royal Borough can confirm preparations include:
•    A 6,000 space pre-booked car parking area will be at the Review Ground, just off the Long Walk.
•    Food stalls and facilities, including big screens showing live footage of the wedding and procession, will be available on the Long Walk and in Alexandra Gardens.
•    Viewing areas along the whole procession route (Castle Hill, High Street, Sheet Street, Kings Road, Albert Road and the Long Walk) will be open to visitors.
•    A team of 140 Royal Borough Ambassadors have volunteered to help steward the event and assist visitors throughout the day.
•    The town centre will be decorated with bunting and ceremonial banners will be hung along parts of the procession route.
•    Live entertainment from local groups will be put on throughout the town centre.

Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for highways, transport and Windsor, said: “As a Windsorian I am hugely proud we have the opportunity to welcome the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle to our town.

“Preparations are well underway to make the town look its best and ensure everyone can enjoy this momentous occasion. We’re working very closely with a wide range of partners to help make it a safe, happy occasion.

“We expect large crowds of well-wishers and visitors will line the procession route, eager to catch a glimpse of the newlyweds. There will be big screens available to watch the wedding ceremony and procession on the Long Walk and in Alexandra Gardens as well as food stalls and other facilities.

“As a royal town it is part of who we are to play host to international events just like the royal wedding and I look forward to the world’s eyes once again turning to Windsor on 19 May. We know some of the preparations have involved short-term disruption and we thank residents and businesses for their patience.

“The pre-planned investments into the town’s roads and infrastructure we have brought forward will continue to benefit those who live and work here long after the wedding crowds have left. We expect the wedding will also inspire even more visitors to come and enjoy what Windsor has to offer bringing a further boost to local businesses.

“Our main advice for anyone wishing to join us in Windsor for the royal wedding is to plan ahead: pre-plan and book your transport, make sure you arrive early, think carefully about what to bring with you and most of all, don’t forget to come back and visit Windsor again.

“Visitors are welcome to arrive early to get a good space in the town centre or on the Long Walk but due to the large number of people expected we ask people not to bring tents, though folding chairs and some form of cover will be allowed.”

Thames Valley Police has already announced its plans to ensure everyone’s safety and visitors will be able to speak to any of the officers, community wardens, ambassadors and other partners on the ground if they have any questions on the big day or to find out more information in advance visit: www.thamesvalley.police.uk/news/campaigns/policing-the-wedding/

Before then, Thames Valley Police and the Royal Borough will be offering residents and businesses a chance to ask questions about preparations for the wedding and how they may affect them.

The first of two online question and answer sessions is for businesses and will take place at 7pm on Thursday 19 April.

A second session will take place on Thursday 3 May when residents will have a chance to find out more.

These sessions are held in the style of online web chats meaning you can log in from the comfort of your own home. All questions can be submitted anonymously. If you want to take part, you simply need to click on the link at 7pm: http://thamesvp.coverpage.coveritlive.com/

Residents and businesses in the immediate area of the procession route will also be written to in the coming weeks with further updates.

GWR and South Western Railway will both expand their timetables on the wedding day to allow as many visitors as possible to travel by train but services are likely to be extremely busy and queuing systems will be in place at key stations and interchanges.

For up to date advice on the best routes in and how to pre-book your tickets, visit: www.gwr.com/royalwedding and www.southwesternrailway.com/royalwedding

Accommodation in the area has filled up fast but anyone wanting help to find somewhere to stay can speak to the friendly team at the Royal Windsor Information Centre during office hours on 01753 743907 or by emailing: [email protected]

To book one of the 6,000 car parking spaces at the Review Ground and for all the latest updates for residents, businesses and visitors see the council’s Visit Windsor website at: www.windsor.gov.uk as well as on social media.

To keep up to date please follow @RBWM / @VisitWindsor on Twitter or search RBWM / Visit Windsor on Facebook.

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