With the Royal Wedding fast approaching, preparations in the small, historic town of Windsor are well underway for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.
Fifty thousand people are expected to line up the street in front of Windsor Castle’s entrance, but only a lucky few will enjoy the best view available of the royal couple and their guests – without an actual invitation.
Thanks to Virtuoso’s insider connections and exclusively for clients of Virtuoso travel advisors, eight royalists have a secured spot right outside Windsor Castle’s entrance on the day of the Royal Wedding.
“Windsor is a delightful place, but it’s crazy busy on a summer’s day, parking is a nightmare and on a day like this it will be impossible to see anything without privileged access,” English expat and Virtuoso advisor at Main Beach Travel, Deborah Barley said.
“This is a very small, old town and if you are a real royalist and want to see the couple arrive and leave through those gates, you need to be in the front row or you are not going to see a thing.
“No one is going to get through that gated entry and into the stunning traditional English stained-glass chapel unless they are ticketed.”
The Royal Wedding front-seat offer follows a tradition of exclusive experiences that NoteWorthy, a leading UK on-site destination management company, organises for Virtuoso travellers.
Last year, the company arranged 16 seats for a dinner with Prince Charles and his charity, with some guests even seated at the Prince’s table. They also arranged viewings for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011, as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
Jeremy Goring, chief executive officer of Goring Hotel, which hosted the Duchess of Cambridge the night before her wedding to Prince William, says that Harry and Meghan’s wedding offers people a chance to engage with the English tradition and ceremony that fascinates so many.
“There are not many places left where you can see horse-drawn carriages and troupes of soldiers in ceremonial dress. Some say why? I say why not!” Goring says.
Although London’s last remaining family-owned luxury hotel is regularly full, there is always room for special – maybe royal – guests should they drop by.
“While we can never talk about any particular guest who may grace our front door, a good hotel is made up of amazing service, a beautiful stage and the imprint left by its past and present guests, and that’s why, when we completed our renovation recently, I refused to get rid of the marble flooring that had been walked on by every reigning British monarch and Prime Minister since 1910.”
To get in on the royal affair, at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018, contact your Virtuoso travel advisor or find one here.