Our Royal Wedding Adventure
It was always a dream of mine to attend a royal wedding and when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got engaged, I knew I had to find a way to be there. Luckily for me, I was also about to get married and England was one of our honeymoon stops. My husband is the best and loves me a whole lot so it did not take much to convince him to move our honeymoon from March to May so we could be there during the Royal Wedding.
We arrived by train in Windsor the day before the Royal Wedding. They had temporarily changed the name of the train station to “Harry and Meghan Central” which got me super excited! I could not get off the train fast enough when I saw Windsor Castle as we were pulling into the station.
The train station is attached to a very cute outdoor shopping mall. All of the shops and restaurants had decorated their window displays to celebrate the Royal Wedding. They also had a Lego wall that they were building to look like Prince Harry and Meghan’s engagement photo. I obviously stopped to do a piece of the Lego wall.
We then dragged our luggage up two blocks to our hotel to check in. We stayed at the Castle Hotel Windsor. It was by far the biggest and nicest hotel we stayed at on our trip. I would highly recommend staying there.
After we dropped off our luggage in our room, we decided to walk down to the Duchess of Cambridge Pub which is right across the street from Windsor Castle. For obvious reasons, I was very excited about going to this pub. I was even more excited when we sat down and one of the hosts from Good Morning America, Robin Roberts was sitting right next to us. No, I did not ask her for a picture. There was quite a few people coming up to her and asking and I did not want to be “that person.” I did make Jon take a photo of me where you can see her in the background though.
The food at the Duchess of Cambridge Pub was really good and the atmosphere was relaxing. I got a salad and Jon got fish and chips. It really hit the spot since we’d been on trains most of the day.
After that, we walked around looking at all the little shops and stores in Windsor. There was so many different window displays and souvenirs for the Royal Wedding. I wanted to buy everything!
After we walked around for a little while we decided to go back to the hotel and get to bed early so we could get up at 2:30am. We wanted to get a good spot right in front of our hotel to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they passed by in the carriage.
We got up early to get our spot right along the fence in front of our hotel. Over the next few hours we took turns saving our spot so we could eat breakfast and walk around to see things.
At one point I was standing in the background of the Today Show.
The wedding finally started at noon. They had the audio from the ceremony playing on the streets so everyone could hear it. It was very exciting and you could actually hear the cheers from the crowd outside during the ceremony on TV!
Finally the ceremony was done and the crowds starting getting really excited for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex to come down the streets on their carriage. After a few minutes of waiting, they emerged from the Windsor Castle grounds. It felt like time stopped. I was so happy to be there and see them pass right in front of us! My husband got some amazing photos of them because he loves the heck out of me.
After they passed us on their carriage, Jon and I went into our hotel to get lunch and watch the rest of the carriage procession on TV. Then we took a nap because we were pretty tired from getting up so early. After we slept for a little bit, we decided to go back out for a walk and get dinner. While we were out, people were carrying the flowers out that were part of the arch Harry and Meghan walked under when the exited the church.
It was a wonderful day I will never forget.