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Thursday, 23 August 2018

Meghan Markle’s Wedding Dress May Be Displayed at Windsor Castle

Several royal sources have claimed that the decision has been made to put Meghan Markle’s famous wedding dress on display at the historic castle as part of a major exhibition.

Tourists looking for accommodation in Windsor might want to keep one eye closely on the Royal Collection website in case an announcement is made soon.

Newspapers are claiming to have spoken to sources close to the Trust, which overseas visits to royal residences. Some claim that the dress will definitely go on show at the castle before the end of the year. Others have apparently denied that such decisions have been made and that more information will be available at a later date.

Windsor Castle has enjoyed its second most popular year in its history as a tourist destination. This is thanks to a combination of factors, including the weak pound, the hot summer and the Royal Wedding.

The newly titled Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress was met with great admiration in the fashion world and among fans of the royal family. It was designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy and is thought to now be worth upwards of £350,000.

Tickets for any opportunity to see the dress up close and personal at the venue in
which it was worn, as will short-term lettings in Windsor, will no doubt sell like hot cakes - so early booking is essential.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

40 Town Criers Descend on Windsor for Annual Championships

Visitors to Windsor town centre on Saturday 4 August were treated to a rare spectacle - the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers (AHGTC) 2018 Guild Championships.
At 11:30am at the Guildhall, some 38 of the UK’s town criers gathered to demonstrate their lung-power. The British criers were also joined by two members of the AHGTC who came all the way from Australia to compete.  
Dressed in their traditional finery, including tricorn hats, liveried overcoats and 18th century-style buckled shoes, they competed to be named this year’s top crier.
The AHGTC stated wee clearly thrilled to be able to hold their event in Windsor this year. They stated: “This is our Guild’s 40th anniversary and to mark this celebration we are delighted that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Crown Estate and The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead are allowing us to hold this event right in the heart of town, directly beneath the walls of Windsor Castle.”
The criers were all asked to inform onlookers about their own towns, using their most impressive vocal skills, all whilst ringing their famous bells. They were judged by some notable poeple from the local community, including the Mayor’s secretary, Alison Singleton, and Debbie Raven who runs the local Thames Hospice.

Although Windsor’s own crier didn’t win the top prize, it was a former soldier with the Household Cavalry, Christian Ashdown - the crier for Haslemere, who was named Best Town Crier 2018. He was formerly based at Windsor’s very own Combermere Baracks.