Britons getting ready for a royal party
Wedding celebrations are planned across the country.
With royal wedding fever gripping the nation, millions of Britons are gearing up to celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day.
Final preparations are being made for street parties, with extended pub licensing hours allowing drinkers to enjoy an extra tipple or two.
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.
Those hoping to 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.
But millions will choose to avoid the hassle, instead watching the wedding on television from an armchair or sofa in the comfort of their own homes.
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.
Many councils have waived fees for street party road closures for neighbours who want to string up the bunting and lay out the party food.
Last month, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said about 60 applications for road closures have been made in Bromley, south-east London, 54 in Richmond, west London, and 12 in Reading, Berkshire.
Hertfordshire County Council said it has received 51 applications, with 28 local couples due to marry on the royal wedding day.
In Nottinghamshire, 27 streets are expected to be closed for parties, with events including a mock wedding, where youngsters will dress up as the bride and groom as they parade on a decorated cart pulled by a Shetland pony.
Skipton Town Hall is hosting an indoor street party, serving Pimms, while bunting will be up in east London’s Mile End park, where Tower Hamlets residents have been invited to bring along a picnic and enjoy fairground rides, sporting activities and a bungee run.
In Windsor, even the animals have been getting involved when Battersea rescue dogs were the guests of honour at a street party.
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 instead of closing at 11pm on Friday and Saturday, as was allowed for the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016 and the Fifa World Cup in 2014.