Events to celebrate the royal wedding

Published: Thursday, 17th May 2018

The countdown to Saturday’s royal wedding has well and truly begun with residents, communities and council staff hosting a variety of events up until the big day.

There is a special exhibition at the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum, based at the Guildhall called ‘Husbands, wives, grooms and brides’. The exhibition showcases residents’ memories of their own weddings and civil partnerships through the ages and is on until 31 October.

The exhibition features objects from the museum’s collection, from a wedding dress worn in 1937 to a souvenir plate for the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It also has a signed photograph on loan from the civil partnership ceremony of Sir Elton John and David Furnish at Windsor Guildhall.

Opening times and more details on the museum are on their website: https://bit.ly/2GolQ9I

The council’s library and resident services is also inviting children to attend royal wedding themed story and craft sessions where children will be able to make crowns, flags and hear wedding related stories at the following libraries:

  • Windsor Library: Friday 18 May 10 - 11am
  • Eton Library: Friday 18 May 3.30 - 4.30pm

Cllr Samantha Rayner, cabinet member for culture and communities, said: “Our 14 libraries are really getting into the wedding spirit and have fantastic displays and activities planned up until the big day.

“These occasions are a chance for residents and visitors to come together to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle and we wish them a lifetime together full of love and happiness.”

A member of staff at Ascot Durning Library, Sandra Hughes has even created a sculpture of a church and wedding cake, made from the pages of old library books. It took six hours to do and only paper from two books was required.

The council is also supporting another project, where Windsor and other Berkshire schools designed their own bunting. This particular bunting will be displayed on the Long Walk from the evening of Thursday 17 May. It stretches a huge 1km and includes 1,000 separate personal messages of good luck to the bride and groom.

Organised by BBC Radio Berkshire, this personalised bunting was chosen as a way of bringing some fun and local creativity to this historic event. The radio station’s editor Duncan McLarty said: “We’re really proud that the royal wedding will be taking place on our doorstep, and we wanted to show the happy couple how much that pride is shared by the people of the Royal County.”

Other organisations and charities that have designed this bunting on the Long Walk include: Thames Hospice, Windsor Homeless Project, Abbeyfield Residential, Queen’s Court Residential, the children’s ward at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, Move Up, Me2, Woodley Green Brownies, Looking Ahead and Astbury Manor Care Home.

On the wedding day itself big screens showing live footage of the wedding and procession will be on the Long Walk and also in Alexandra Gardens, Windsor. There will also be a big screen showing the event in Riverside Gardens in Maidenhead from 10am. The event organised by Enjoy Maidenhead is free to attend.

For all the latest information on the Royal wedding and preparations in the run up to it follow @RBWM or @VisitWindsor on Twitter or search RBWM or Visit Windsor on Facebook.

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