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The Unexpected UK Town Tourists Are Flocking To For The Royal Wedding

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Whether you’re a die-hard royal fan or not, there’s no denying the hype whipped up by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s May 19 nuptials. From Emma Bridgewater mugs to Kensington Palace-approved merchandise, the nation is already cashing in on the biggest event of 2018.

And despite a 600-strong exclusive guest list, the lack of a royal invitation won't stop millions of flag-bearing tourists from across the globe flying in to witness the big day.

But nothing could anticipate the surge in bookings across a quiet Berkshire town. Yes, unlikely tourist spot, Slough, graced the headlines this week after Airbnb reported a 1,438 percent increase in interest. And just ten minutes from Windsor, where the couple will tie the knot at St George’s Chapel, there is no greater place to celebrate.

The travel giant also noted a spike in interest across neighbouring towns, Reading and Maidenhead, thanks to major train connections.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured greeting crowds on their third royal engagement together in Cardiff © Shutterstock

Unsurprisingly, Windsor will cash in on the upcoming nuptials too with locals renting out their homes at an average starting price of £353 for the weekend.

According to Airbnb, current search levels could enable Windsor to generate a total host income of approximately £126,800. Meanwhile, Slough could be looking at an average of £141 per host over the wedding weekend.

The royal wedding is expected to inject over £500 million into the economy so it’s not surprising to learn that travel agent – Opado – has also noted a 33 percent rise in travellers flying into the capital on 17, 18 and 19 May.

But a word of warning for those hoping to catch a glimpse of Meghan Markle's wedding dress, you may need to perch on a friend's shoulders for the perfect Instagram snap.

Back in 2011, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding saw a 266 percent increase in flight bookings as royal fans flocked to London. And that's not even touching on the street parties which took place.

But for those of you desperate to take part in the big day, make sure to book your trip as soon as possible. Word has it, Slough is set to become the nation's hot spot.

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