Get royal wedding fever in London
If you have not yet heard the satisfying thud of a heavy envelope landing on your doormat, your invite to the royal wedding could be lost in the post. However,, you can get into the spirit of the occasion during a romantic break of your own in London.
Visit Harry and Meghan at Madame Tussauds
While a waxwork of Prince Harry has long been a feature among the royal attractions at Madame Tussauds, he has until now been without his bride-to-be. All that is set to change, as the popular attraction has created a life-like replica of the soon-to-be princess, complete with a glittering engagement ring.
Meghan Markle’s likeness is due to be introduced to the general public on 19 May, as the royal exhibit gets into wedding mode. As well as seeing the replica members of Britain’s most famous family dressed to the nines, visitors will be able to watch the royal wedding screened live at the exhibition.
And if you can’t wait until the big day itself to visit the new waxworks, Madame Tussauds is holding a special stag and hen-do event the night before. You can enjoy prosecco and a DJ at the fun themed event on 18 May.
Taste the delights at the royal cake maker’s bakery
Harry and Meghan have famously broken with tradition and are opting for an elderflower and lemon cake instead of a fruit centrepiece for their wedding. Enveloped in buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers, it will reflect the spring season.
It’s not just the royal couple’s guests who can enjoy the creations made by Claire Ptak, as she is the owner of a little bakery-café. Violet is located in Dalston and is well worth a visit to pore over the display case and choose your own slice of cake to enjoy.
Line the streets as the royal couple tour Windsor after the ceremony
Once the vows have been read at St George’s Chapel, Harry and Meghan will tour Windsor in an Ascot Landau carriage. There are many places to stand and catch a glimpse of the newlyweds, as the route will take them down Castle Hill and along Windsor High Street, before coming right the way down the three-mile Long Walk.
There will be a party atmosphere in Windsor, with plenty of flag-waving. If you intend to join the crowds then it is imperative to arrive early to take up a good position. The Long Walk will provide some of the best views, with an extended viewing period, as the couple approach and depart. Windsor Castle, at the end of the route, will also provide the perfect regal backdrop.
Pop into Kensington Palace
Meghan is set to become one of Royal Garden Hotel’s neighbours when she moves into Apartment 1 at Kensington Palace after the wedding. The newlyweds will be among 15 royals who live at the residence.
Experience it for yourself, with a visit to the palace and grounds. You can even see a number of items among the exhibitions that are related to royal weddings of the past. These include a portrait of Queen Victoria in her wedding attire; the Fife tiara, which was given to Princess Louise on her marriage to the Duke of Fife in 1889; and Princess Diana’s Bellville Sassoon going-away suit.
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