Royal weddings are a rare occasion -- especially when they include an American actress as the bride. Which is why it's no wonder that the announcement of impending nuptials between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle not only has the UK abuzz with royal wedding fever but the U.S.A. as well. So much so, that when Kensington Palace confirmed on Friday that the wedding will take place Saturday May 19th at Windsor Castle -- the local hotels found themselves booking up in short order.
Just like for his mom..... I’ll get up at an ungodly hour to watch this fairytale come to life 💕❤️💕❤️💕❤️❤️💗💗💗💗— Patricia (@PatiGiraldo) December 17, 2017
Towns just outside Windsor still have some options available — and for a much lower price, according to Booking. Slough, a town 2.2 miles away, is 70% cheaper than staying in Windsor over the three-day period. Maidenhead and Ascot, both 5.4 miles away, are 43% and 78% cheaper respectively.
The ceremony will be held at the 15th-century St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle and since the prince and his bride-to-be have indicated their wishes for the public to be included in their day of “fun and joy,” some royal watchers are speculating with fingers crossed, hoping for a royal procession to the church.
I predict there will be a wedding day carriage parade from Windsor and Eton Riverside Station to the Windsor Castle gate on the long walk. That way thousands of people will get to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19th May. pic.twitter.com/V82rCmJW80— Andre Walker (@andrejpwalker) December 15, 2017
That's our 10-year anniversary too! Maybe we should go to London to celebrate... 🎉😉— TorontoKate (@TorontoKateD) December 15, 2017
It’s the same day as my parents 45th wedding anniversary!— Heidi Middleton 🐝 (@HeidiPeeps) December 15, 2017
As it turns out though, maybe all this hotel booking hubbub has less to do with royal watchers and more to do with media coverage.
The majority of the people that are contacting us are news crews. Lots of interest from the U.S., Australia, as well as the U.K. The protocol for us is that we hard close the hotel until we know more about what is going on, and we are able to go back to all the companies that have contacted us and say these are the dates, our prices and length-of-stay restrictions. And then it’s first come, first served after that.