Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced an open ceremony at their wedding on May 19 at noon at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. In a statement released Sunday, a palace spokesman said, “Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle are hugely grateful for the many good wishes they have received since announcing their engagement.
They are very much looking forward to the day and to being able to share their celebrations with the public.” The couple will take part in a carriage procession which will leave Windsor Castle via Castle Hill and proceed along High Street and through Windsor Town, returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk, immediately after their wedding ceremony.
It is expected that tens of thousands of well-wishers, royalists, and tourists will turn out for the day. There are also plans for a giant screen to be erected in Windsor Town so that the crowds can watch the ceremony, which is due to be televised. Windsor is bracing itself for a huge spike in tourism, with some hotels charging thousands of pounds a night for luxury suites. Many broadcasters who will be covering the event have been priced out of the town and have reserved rooms in the nearby town of Slough three miles away. The Queen and Charles, the Prince of Wales, are paying for the wedding and evening party. Prince Charles will also host an evening reception for the couple and close family and friends later that night.