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Royal fever grips nation as final countdown to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding begins

Joshua Arane from Battersea on the Long walk in Windsor ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Joshua Arane from Battersea on the Long walk in Windsor ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

With Royal wedding fever gripping the nation, millions of Britons are gearing up to celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day.

Police with dogs in Windsor Picture: Steve Parsons/PA WirePolice with dogs in Windsor Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

While 2,640 lucky invitees will enjoy the ceremony from within the grounds of Windsor Castle, some 100,000 visitors are expected to join the party in the town.

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American TV presenter Gayle King CBS (right) outside Windsor Castle Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA WireAmerican TV presenter Gayle King CBS (right) outside Windsor Castle Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Many have already arrived in the Berkshire town, camping out be-decked in Union Flags, to secure a good vantage point.

There is also a heavy police presence, with armed officers stationed around town and other officers on top of buildings looking over the crowds.

A Royal fan in Windsor ahead of the wedding Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA WireA Royal fan in Windsor ahead of the wedding Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Well wishers gathered in Windsor will be hoping to catch another glimpse of the bride or groom before the big day.

Harry accompanied his brother Prince William, now the Duke of Cambridge, on an impromptu walkabout outside Clarence House, in central London, the evening before his wedding to Kate Middleton.

Crowds in Windsor will be hoping to see the prince before he spends his final night of bachelorhood at the Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Park in Ascot.

Royal fans in Windsor ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA WireRoyal fans in Windsor ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The bride will stay at the Cliveden House Hotel, set in a National Trust estate in Taplow, Berkshire, with her mother.

Those hoping to travel today and catch a glimpse of Harry and Ms Markle’s carriage procession through the Union flag-lined streets have been advised to catch trains as early as 4am.

Millions more will choose to avoid the hassle, instead watching the wedding on television from an armchair or sofa in the comfort of their own homes.

Royal fans (left to right) Rebecca Hiliard , Caroline Wagstaff and Jean Hood in Windsor  Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA WireRoyal fans (left to right) Rebecca Hiliard , Caroline Wagstaff and Jean Hood in Windsor Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The BBC has waived the licence fee for communities wanting to watch the ceremony together, with hundreds of street parties and other events planned around the country.

In Norfolk, there will be big screens at Sandringham and Norwich Cathedral, while a number of pubs and other venues will be screening the wedding before the day’s other big event - the FA Cup Final.

News organisations - including the EDP - will have live coverage online, meaning you can keep up to speed with events in Windsor on your mobile phone.

Police on horseback in Windsor  Picture: Steve Parsons/PA WirePolice on horseback in Windsor Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Those wanting to continue the celebrations into the night can enjoy an extra two hours in the pub thanks to extended licensing hours.

Pubs in England and Wales can stay open until 1am.

We’ll have live coverage from Windsor on EDP24 from tomorrow morning.


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