THE WEDDING EUPHORIA
Touted as the most anticipated wedding of 2018, the royal hamlet of Windsor is going to great lengths to ensure that it’s a grand affair and a wedding that will be etched on the minds of people forever. The buzz is that the place is going to be besieged by tourists, well-wishers, media and security personnel. Ahead of the arrival of guests and royal watchers, businesses are going berserk hiring additional staff, extending their opening hours and creating interesting menus and themed souvenirs. Apparently, some hotels at Heathrow Airport have doubled their prices while hotels in and around Windsor are already booked out for the days preceding the royal wedding. A massive turnout is expected on the wedding day and coffee shops are likely to open before dawn to serve the royal enthusiasts. “We normally open at 7 am and we will open at 5 am. We are going to do some royal cakes — Eton Mess, Victoria Sponge — and we will do a high tea in honour of the royal wedding” says Naziq Hussain, the manager of Esquires Coffee on the High Street. And that’s not all. You will have quite a few choices to watch this glorious event on TV, as virtually all prominent channels and media houses will offer elaborate coverage of the royal wedding given the growing interest of fanatics. As the events unfold, you will know what’s on the menu, who’s on the guest list and what would be the honeymoon destination of the royal couple. Questions like these and more will be answered putting mass speculation to rest. During the wedding weekend, arrivals in Windsor are expected to rise by 194 percent and the neighbouring Berkshire towns are already experiencing spikes in guest bookings. Needless to say, the royal couple has sprinkled fairy dust on certain locations turning them into instant tourist hotspots. The flower décor is going to be a spectacle as well what with the couple choosing white garden roses for the bouquets and other flower arrangements at their wedding. The choice of flowers, which were Princess Diana’s favourite, is said to be ‘ sentimental by design’ as it intends to pay a tribute to the late Princess. White garden roses, peonies and foxgloves along with branches of beech, birch and hornbeam will adorn the wedding venue keeping season and sustainability in mind. London-based floral designer Philippa Craddock has been chosen to design and create the flower décor. Apparently, the flowers will be donated to charity organisations after the wedding celebrations. Alexi Lubomirski, who had also clicked the engagement photos of the couple, will be the official photographer for the royal wedding. The couple has chosen pastry chef Claire Ptak (known for using seasonal and organic ingredients) for the royal wedding cake, which apparently is going to be a lemon elderflower cake.