Cast your minds back to the 2011 royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, remember what an enormous spectacle it was? Well imagine that, but rather than in London, in the far smaller market town of Windsor. As speculation over the royal wedding reaches fever pitch (who will walk Meghan down the aisle? What will her dress be like? What will Beatrice wear on her head?), spare a thought of the residents of Windsor. Or, more specifically, the heavily pregnant residents of Windsor.
Royal officials are said to have warned pregnant women living in the area that their birth plans may be disrupted if they are due over the next few days. The hundreds of thousands strong crowd that is expected to travel to Windsor for the celebration is set to cause huge inconvenience for anyone traveling to hospital in the area.
Not only have they told expectant mothers to contact their midwife in case their plans are disrupted, they have warned residents that they should stock up on essential medicines as the crowds will make it impossible to get to a pharmacy over the weekend.
It’s thought that more than 60,000 people will travel to Windsor by train alone, and so the town will be overrun with members of the public hoping to join in the celebrations.
A spokesperson from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead said:
‘Pregnant women close to their due date are encouraged to speak to their midwives about what arrangements can be put in place, but rest assured their needs will be met and babies safely delivered.
‘Residents who live in Windsor are asked to order repeat prescriptions in advance to ensure they have supplies of medication. Pharmacies in central Windsor will be open, but it may be difficult to get through the crowds into the town centre.
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The Royal Horseguards Hotel
Celebrate Harry and Meghan's transatlantic royal romance with an American twist on a British classic. The Royal Horseguards Hotel's special Royal Wedding afternoon tea, available throughout May, takes inspiration from both sides of the pond: red velvet cupcakes, mini pecan pies and other star-spangled sweets sit on the menu alongside more traditional fare like finger sandwiches and scones. On the big day itself, the Hotel will be screening the Windsor nuptials as part of their Royal Wedding Experience package, £59.90 per person, featuring the tea, music from a harpist and Taittinger champagne to raise a toast in style (it's what Harry would want, after all…)