Party at­mos­phere build­ing in Wind­sor with three days to go

Belfast Telegraph - - ROYAL WEDDING - BY CATHER­INE WYLIE

ROYAL wedding fever is sweep­ing Wind­sor with just days left un­til Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say “I do”.

Life-size fig­ures of the cou­ple are propped up all over town, with lo­cals and tourists tuck­ing in to wedding cake and cof­fees adorned with the pair’s faces.

The cou­ple will be hop­ing yes­ter­day’s blue skies and balmy sun­shine will stay for the wedding on Satur­day.

Thou­sands of bub­bles were pumped out through an up­stairs window on a street near Wind­sor Cas­tle — with bub­bles of a dif­fer­ent kind ex­pected to be popped this week­end. Ed­ward Durkin, one of the own­ers of the Heidi cafe in the town, has launched royal wedding cof­fees so peo­ple can have their drink stamped with an image of Harry and Meghan.

The nov­elty drink — called a meghar­ryc­cino — is made on a spe­cial cof­fee printer, of which there are only two in the whole of the UK, Mr Durkin said.

“Ev­ery­body that’s seen it so far is ab­so­lutely lov­ing it,” he added.

“I think ev­ery­body is hav­ing a bit of fun with the wedding and the fo­cus on Wind­sor, but I think this is def­i­nitely the most unique fun prod­uct I’ve seen out at the mo­ment.”

The first two cus­tomers to try the cof­fee printer opted for a pic­ture of the Queen on top of their froth. Jill Chip­ping­ton (76) said: “It’s a won­der­ful gimmick. I was at the Queen’s corona­tion, which shows how old I am.”

Her friend, who has a very re­gal name — El­iz­a­beth Prince — said: “I think it’s great.”

The Heidi cafe is also sell­ing minia­ture three-tier lemon and el­der­flower cakes — re­flect­ing the flavours cho­sen by Harry and Meghan.

And Stephanie Methven, owner of Limes Dine In Bak­ery in Wind­sor, said a “party at­mos­phere” is build­ing in the town.

Wind­sor is ex­pected to host thou­sands of peo­ple dur­ing the week­end — with some es­ti­mates of up to 100,000 peo­ple ex­pected, three times the town’s usual pop­u­la­tion.

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