Royal Wedding 2018 map: How to travel to Windsor for Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's marriage ceremony

Royal Wedding 2018 map: How to travel to Windsor for Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's marriage ceremony

If the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle back in May proved anything, it’s that we do love a Royal Wedding in this country.

Thousands of people are expected to flock to Windsor on Friday to see Princess Eugenie marry her fiancé, Jack Brooksbank.

Whilst the crowds are expected to be nowhere near as chaotic as they were for the nuptials of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the historical town of Windsor is expected to be busier than usual.

Here’s everything you need to know about travelling to Windsor for the big day, including the best viewing spots to watch the wedding procession:

By car:

It’s advisable to get to Windsor as early as possible to avoid road closures.

According to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, road closures will be in place along the procession route through Windsor from 00.01am until 3pm on Friday 12 October.

Unlike Harry and Meghan’s wedding, which saw 6,000 parking spaces set aside for the event, you will not be able to pre-book a parking space.

Instead, you will have to make use of the limited number of spaces in one of three of the town’s car parks. These can be found at Datchet Road, Windsor & Eton Riverside Station and Alma Road.

Parking tickets will cost up to £17.

By rail:

Whereas extra train services were put on during the Royal Wedding in May, trains services on Friday will run at normal timetable.

If you are travelling from the London area, it is recommended you use the South Western Train services from London Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside.

Trains will run every half hour, at 28 minutes and 58 minutes past the hour. 

You can also catch the train to Windsor & Eton Central from London Paddington via Slough, although during the wedding in May travellers were urged to avoid this route to prevent congestion at Windsor stations.

Where is the best place to stand?

Princess Eugenie and Jack’s procession route will be slightly shorter than Meghan and Harry’s, starting at the castle grounds and then entering the town at Castle Hill.

The carriage will then travel along Windsor High Street and on to Park Street, before joining the iconic Long Walk at Cambridge Gate. 

Instead of journeying up the Long Walk, the newlyweds will return to the castle grounds. 

With this in mind, the best places to stand include:

  • Castle Hill: The slight incline here will give you a good overall viewing spot of the procession and is also the first place the Royal couple will emerge from.
  • The Town Centre: you’re more likely to get a more flexible viewing spot here and still be able to catch a glimpse of the newlyweds as they make their way through the streets of Windsor.

What about security on the day?

Police officers search an area next to a homeless man a day ahead of the royal wedding between Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in Windsor. (REUTERS)

After the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding, Thames Valley police said the estimated cost of employing security on their big day was “between £2m and £4m.”

Because Princess Eugenie’s wedding will be much smaller, the cost of security is expected to be lower, although exact figures are yet to be confirmed. 

What we do know is that just like during Harry and Meghan’s wedding, police will be conducting spot checks on the homeless and searching bins. 

There will also be snipers on rooftops, police and armed officers present.

What can I expect the transport to be like getting home?

Whilst it may seem like a good idea to get the first train home after the wedding has ended, you may find it better to stick around and wait until the crowds have died down.

Plenty of visitors during Harry and Meghan’s wedding stayed in Windsor after the ceremony to take in Windsor’s gorgeous scenery.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank – In pictures

Keep in mind that whatever time you plan to leave, trains are expected to be busier than usual.

The last train from Windsor & Eton Riverside to London Waterloo will leave at 22:53.

What if I can’t find one of my friends or family members?

In large crowds, it is easy to get separated from each other and large crowds also means dodgy data on your smartphone which can make contacting these people difficult.

When you arrive at Windsor, pick a meeting point where you will all meet if you lose each other. If you are visiting with young children, make sure you take a picture of the children at the start of the day, clearly showing what they are wearing which will help them be located easier.

If you are worried about a member of your party, contact an ambassador, steward or police officer for help.

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