Windsor Castle gears up for Princess Eugenie's royal wedding
It is time for another royal wedding at Windsor Castle — but this time it really is much less of a international Television spectacle and a lot more of a family affair.
Princess Eugenie, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, is set to marry tequila business executive James Brooksbank on Friday morning, but the second royal union of the year seems to have less interest than Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Might celebration.
Michael Taylor, a drummer from Chicago who toured Windsor Castle on Wednesday told the Related Press that he had "no interest" in the October 12 wedding. "I do not know anything about her. If she walked past me right now, I would not even know."
Eugenie is the 28-year-old daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, and ninth in line for the throne. She has lived most of her life outdoors the media spotlight and keeps a low profile compared to cousins Prince William and Prince Harry and their glamorous wives.
That’s reflected in the souvenir shops that line the streets leading to the imposing castle. Only a handful of Halloween face masks feature Eugenie’s face, even though some shopkeepers say that will adjust in the hours ahead of her wedding.
"It’s going to be shirts and some mugs. A couple of folks have been asking for it, but compared to Harry-Meghan, it really is not that large," mentioned Salman Khan at The King and Queen present shop. Eugenie things have been hard to locate simply because only a handful of suppliers are manufacturing them, he added.
"This is various, but it is nonetheless very good for the town. The entire town is nonetheless excited. It’s going to be a excellent day for everyone," he stated.
Snippets of the wedding will be shown on British Tv, but only a single channel, ITV, is arranging to offer reside coverage of the proceedings.
And similar to Harry and Meghan, Eugenie and her fiancé will invite 1,200 members of the public to the castle grounds for a greater view of Friday’s festivities.
The royal couple will say their vows in St. George’s Chapel and afterward, the newlyweds will ride via the streets of Windsor in a royal carriage just as Meghan and Harry did on their wedding day.
It’s not clear how many visitors will come to Windsor, a riverside town about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of London. Element of the draw will be the possibility to catch a glimpse of the queen and other royals, like William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and their two young youngsters, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
George, 5, will be a page boy in the bridal celebration, and 3-year-old Charlotte will be one particular of six bridesmaids – the party also including Eugenie’s older sister, Princess Beatrice, who will act as her maid of honor. It is not clear if 5-month-old Prince Louis, will attend, but Harry and Meghan are anticipated.
Eugenie is following tradition by not revealing who developed her wedding gown, but she has mentioned it will be a British designer.
Brooksbank and Eugenie have dated for many years. The princess stated her fiancé got down on one knee and proposed in January throughout a trip to Nicaragua even though the couple was going to a spectacular lake next to a volcano.
The queen, who has not too long ago returned from an extended summer season trip in Scotland, plans to host a champagne luncheon for the newlyweds shortly after the ceremony, and a second reception will be held that evening.
The queen’s luncheon is expected to be a quiet, muted affair — reflecting the 92-year-old monarch’s sophisticated years — with the nighttime shindig noticed as a opportunity for the younger generations to step out in style.
And with the presence of so several royals — and a number of celebrity guests — additional safety measures have been put in spot.
Police teams have been meticulously checking and sealing water drains near the castle, and sniffer dogs are checking for explosives in the royal-themed shops, restaurants and tea rooms frequented by vacationers.
The royal household is paying for the wedding, but the anti-monarchist group Republic is lobbying Parliament to stop any public funds from getting spent on security or other wedding-connected expenses.
These concerns aren’t common in Windsor’s business community, where the surging reputation of the royal loved ones in current years — and the afterglow of Harry and Meghan’s wedding — has helped bring in guests in recent months.
"We are obtaining a lot of American and Chinese and Spanish guests,"  Jag Khaira at the Nell Gwynn Tearoom told the AP. "A lot of tourists do not even know about this wedding Friday, but it will bring in the crowds and must be a excellent day for us."
The Connected Press contributed to this report.
Published at Thu, 11 Oct 2018 13:33:45 +0000