Think the closest you can get to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is a trip to Windsor in May? Well, if you know the right addresses and names, you can have the full royal wedding experience without actually getting an invite.
It wouldn’t be a celebration without an overflowing glass of bubbles! If you’re planning to drink like a royal, look no further than upmarket grocery chain Waitrose. The royal warrant-holding branch, located in Windsor, is a regular supplier to the royal household.
Experience an authentic English wine-tasting at Chiltern Valley Winery in Oxfordshire, which was also awarded a royal warrant by the Queen. Nature and wine, what more could you want?
Celebrate with cake! Smiths the Bakers, said to be one of the best bakeries around, is located in King’s Lynn, just a 10-minute drive from Sandringham House, the beloved country retreat of the groom-to-be’s granny. All sorts of delicious sweet treats and wedding cakes are on offer, but to keep the royal theme going, we’d recommend a slice of classic Victoria sponge (named after the groom-to-be’s great-great-great-great-grandmother).
Every wedding needs a beautiful flower arrangement. Since you won’t be able to admire Meghan’s stunning flowers, why not make your own? Book a flower-arranging class with Rosemary Hughes, who has more than 40 years’ experience – and holds a royal warrant.
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Lastly, it wouldn’t be a royal wedding without a fabulous dress. Admire stunning wedding dresses at popular bridal boutique Browns Bride in London and be blown away by big-name designers like Valentino and Vera Wang.
And if you want to check out a British designer, head to the Alexander McQueen flagship store on Old Bond Street in Mayfair. With only a few months to go until the big day, there’s still no confirmation about who will design Meghan’s dress, but the smart money is on Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, who also created the lace creation worn by Kate Middleton (as she was then) at her wedding to William, back in 2011.
For the men, consider visiting one of the best tailors in town, Savile Row, home to some of the biggest designers in London. Finish it off with a trip to John Lobb Ltd (called “the most beautiful shop in the world” by Esquire magazine), for a pair of made-to-measure shoes from a company that holds a unique triple of royal warrants as bootmaker – to the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and His the Prince of Wales.