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.

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