Royal Wedding in Windsor: What the locals think
PUBLISHED: 10:32 13 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:40 13 February 2018
We've been out and about in Windsor and Eton discovering that the forthcoming Royal Wedding is causing a lot of excitement
Adam Afriyie MP for Windsor
“I am delighted that the wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be taking place in Windsor. It is only fitting that the ceremony should take place in Windsor Castle, given that it is the Royal Family’s namesake as well as the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world.
“The Windsor family are perhaps the most respected and followed family in the world and their presence in the constituency is the main reason that we receive over one million tourists each year to see Windsor Castle alone.
“The world’s eyes will be on Windsor on this happy occasion and I hope that our shops are preparing for a spike in the number of tourists from Europe, the Commonwealth, the USA and beyond.”
Wendy Hermon, Swan Support
You’ll find Wendy, husband Steve and the Swan Support volunteers rescuing injured and sick swans across Berkshire, especially around Windsor. Wendy says: “I am excited and thrilled at the wonderful news of the forthcoming Royal Wedding. It will be a momentous day for Windsor and its residents and visitors.”
Cllr Simon Dudley, leader of the council
“We are very proud of Windsor’s long association and close friendship with the Royal family. The town has hosted dozens of events over the years and I’m delighted that HRH. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen Windsor to get married.
“It is always an honour when the town has the chance to help the Royal family mark a special occasion and this wedding will be no exception. From Royal birthdays to international sporting events we are proud of the part Windsor and the wider Royal Borough plays in historic occasions and the town’s beautiful, natural setting makes it an ideal backdrop for any wedding.”
Cllr John Lenton, Mayor of the Royal Borough
“Windsor has the largest continuously occupied castle in the world and is a world-famous destination. The unique royal heritage is crucial to the town’s identity. Every year it hosts major events including the Royal Windsor Horse Show, Windsor Festival and state visits.
“The Royal wedding will be a magnificent occasion with HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding the latest in a long line, including
HRH Charles, the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles; King Edward VII and Princess Alexandra of Denmark; Lady Helen Windsor and Tim Taylor; and Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones, who all wed in the town.
“Windsor has a fantastic array of breath-taking backdrops including the Windsor Guildhall, making it an ideal part of any wedding, Royal or otherwise. The announcement has already generated a lot of interest, cementing Windsor’s reputation as a leading tourist destination.”
Robyn Wilson, Make Up Artist, Benefit Windsor
“It was great when I first heard that Harry was dating an American girl. The Royal Wedding is bound to bring lots of proud Americans to Windsor. With Meghan’s Hollywood background and natural prettiness I think she’ll go for a natural glowy, dewy flawless finish with her make up with a brightly coloured lipstick perhaps in a peach or a dusky rose shade.
“She’ll wear her hair up but in a loose style. I think her wedding dress will be a traditional but modest silhouette gown. She’ll probably wear a veil on the back of her hair but won’t have it over her face. It’s bound to be made by an American designer.”
Nicki Yucel, Royal fan
Nicki lives in Norfolk but is a lover of all things Royal so spends a lot of time in Windsor. She’s already ordered a Union Jack style dress and can’t wait for Harry and Meghan’s big day. “I’m so excited about the wedding and already have my hotel and dress sorted. I just need my hat, flag and to get in prime position nice and early ready for the royal procession. I love Harry and can’t wait to see how handsome he will look alongside his stunning Hollywood movie star bride!”
Paul Roach, Windsor, Eton and Ascot town manager
“Events like this are so important to the town and we are already making plans with the wider community to make the most of this opportunity. Hotels are already selling out of rooms for May 2018 and I know a lot businesses are planning special events to help everyone celebrate what will be a unique event. Windsor has such a strong vibrant community and I’m looking forward to showcasing what makes the town so special.”
David Hayden, General Manager, Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery by Sofitel
“The announcement of the Royal Wedding taking place in Windsor this year is exciting news for everyone located within the Royal Borough, not least the team here at The Castle Hotel. The focus this will put on Windsor and the wider Berkshire area can only be a positive for businesses and will attract significant global and national media coverage highlighting what a great destination Windsor is. I’m sure this exposure will lead to a positive year, not only for hotels, but for all hospitality operators within the region as we look forward to welcoming new visitors to the town.”
Will Calvert, Windsor & Eton Brewery
“The wedding is going to put Windsor on the world stage so we’re looking forward to giving it some further appeal the only way we know – through our beer. We’re already working on some ideas to make it interesting and memorable. We can’t tell you much more yet but it’s safe to say that we’ll brew it with barley grown on the Royal Farm, as we already use it in our beer. Of course the Royal Windsor Horse Show was already going to make May a busy month in the town – but now we’re expecting a lot more attention – and we’ll make sure that we do Windsor proud.
Natalie Primus, Luxe Flowers, Eton High Street
“The Royal Wedding will be such an exciting time for Windsor and Eton. It is such a special occasion and the fact the young Royals have chosen Windsor is a testament to how special this town is! As a tradition, Royal Brides have carried structured Shower Bouquets designed in white flowers. Perhaps Meghan will choose to step away from this formality, and walk down the aisle with a slightly more relaxed, free form bouquet with softer edges – the white flowers will still play a part.
“Greenery might have been Pantone’s colour of the year in 2017, but this trend will still be a significant feature in 2018. In keeping with the surroundings of Windsor, perhaps the essence of the Great Park will be brought inside for the celebrations.
Wendy Peek & Linda Goodwin
We caught up with local residents Wendy Peek and Linda Goodwin. They think Meghan will wear an ivory or oyster coloured wedding. It might be a straight cut dress with a train but in a modern style. Their guess is that Meghan’s wedding bouquet will include roses in pinks, white and maybe some gypsophila. Wendy always loves to go along the big events in Windsor such as the state visit so as a Royalist she can’t wait for the wedding.
Kath Brand, owner of Penriver Windsor and Lynsey McWhirter, sales consultant
Lynsey thinks Meghan’s dress will be ivory in colour, full length but edgy at the back. She’ll be a fresh take on all the Royals. Kath says “A friend of mine runs a small B&B in Windsor. All her rooms are already booked out for the weekend of the wedding by Americans coming over to watch the wedding.
“When the Queen had her 90th Birthday celebrations in Windsor, we had already planned a fashion show at our shop for that morning. Despite the possible parking issues in Windsor, our fashion show was really busy. We knew that the Queen and Prince Philip would be driving through Windsor and our customers heard the car would be passing our shop. They all rushed out and waved to them both and were totally thrilled to get such a good view of them both. I don’t know if we can top that for the Royal Wedding!
“There’ll be such a great atmosphere in Windsor and I’m sure people will be out with their picnics on the Long Walk.
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