Royal Wedding: Businesses in Windsor are gearing up to show the world the best of Britain
Royal Wedding – With just one week to go until the royal wedding, businesses in Windsor are gearing up to show the world the best of Britain. Windsor council is warning people to make their plans now if they want to join the party on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day.
From travel plans, to accommodation, to choosing your ideal viewing spot, the council for the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead has released what it’s calling its PRINCE plan to make sure visitors are prepared.
With around 100,000 people from around the world expected to arrive in the royal borough, it has been described as a once in a generation event.
Road closures will begin from 10pm on Friday 18 May and there will be limited parking for those travelling into the area. Extra trains are also being laid on.
With large TV screens, food stalls and the chance to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during the post-wedding carriage procession, the Long Walk running up to the castle is expected to be particularly busy.
The council has warned that „to ensure everyone’s safety” the crossing points over the Long Walk from the town centre are likely to close around 11am.
Throughout Windsor, businesses are making the most of the huge appetite to mark the big day, with merchandise flowing out of virtually every shop doorway.
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At the Heidi bakery inside Daniels department store they are making miniature elderflower and lemon wedding cakes – the flavours chosen by Harry and Meghan.
The department store was opened 100 years ago and family member Heidi Rolfe-Daniel now runs the bakery. They’re ramping up production of their cakes after being invited to serve food on the Long Walk.
Ms Rolfe-Daniel told Sky News: „We’re making 2,000 doughnuts and 300 mall wedding cakes just for the day. We have extra coffee machines being pulled in, extra coffee beans being bought, and we are pre-ordering. The roads will be closed, so we have to be super-organised so everything runs smoothly and we don’t let any of our potential customers down on the day.”
Visit Britain has estimated the wedding could be worth more than £80m to the country’s slowing economy and provide a boost for local retailers, pubs and hotels, as tourists flood in.
Source: Sky News