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Princess Eugenie's Royal wedding procession route: Where to watch the newlyweds

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 11/10/2018 Gino Spocchia
a group of people watching a band on stage in front of a crowd: The ceremonial royal carriage procession has become a staple part of grand state occasions over time. © Emmanuel Dunand/AFP The ceremonial royal carriage procession has become a staple part of grand state occasions over time.

She is ninth in line to the throne, grand-daughter of the Queen and the second royal bride to tie the knot at Windsor in 2018.

The Royal wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and her fiancé Jack Brooksbank will take place tomorrow, on Friday October 12, with rapturous applause no doubt provided by 1,200 public invitees who are expected to gather in the historic grounds of Windsor Castle. 

Windsor residents, charity representatives, and school children on the guest list, just as they were for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, which took place on May 19.

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Once the ceremonial trumpets are silenced and the rings exchanged, the carriage ride through the streets of Windsor will take place (although not quite the same streets as the procession of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex). 

Read on to find out where you should stand to get a glimpse of the newly-married Princess Eugenie in her carriage, as well as how to travel to the town.

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Why will there be a procession?

Princess Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank will take part in a royal carriage procession following their wedding ceremony, to ensure that the crowds amassed in Windsor can catch a glimpse of the couple in their finest.  

In what is a royal right of passage, the ceremonial procession has become a staple part of grand state occasions over time. 

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From Queen Victoria's 21-gun salute to the RAF Buckingham Palace fly past for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, every royal wedding has included an instance of pomp and splendour. 

Although only since 1923, when King George VI married Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, have royal weddings became public affairs; their marriage generated great fanfare to lift the spirits of the nation after World War One (and royal weddings have been lavish events ever since).

Where will the procession go? 

According to Buckingham Palace, Eugenie's carriage procession will include the grounds of Windsor Castle before entering the town at Castle Hill, and then proceed through Windsor High Street before returning to the castle grounds via Cambridge Gate. 

In order to avoid replicating the Sussex's procession route in May, Princess Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank will not journey down the Long Walk on their shorter carriage route.  

The ride will be slightly shorter than the route taken by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to take into account the different scale of the wedding. 

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Where should I stand?

Castle Hill

The route out of this Windsor Castle gate offers the best overall vantage point of the proceedings, thanks to the incline that gives Castle Hill its name. 

This is also the first place in which the carriage will emerge from the grounds of the castle following the wedding, and providing a picturesque backdrop to the occasion.   

The town centre

If you can't get to Castle Hill, this is the next best prime location for being able to see the procession, as the carriage will pass through the historic streets of Windsor.

With crowds most likely to gather here on the morning of October 12, arriving early will allow you to grab a good viewing spot and join in with the jovial atmosphere - perhaps by hanging your homemade banners and union jack bunting.  

Inside a pub (if the weather is cold)

Whether there is rain (more likely) or a clear sky on the day, this royal wedding will be televised like those before it, offering the chance to take in the pomp with a pint from the comfort of a local pub.  

Of which there are many on offer, including the aptly named The Prince Harry and The Duchess of Cambridge, as well as the ever popular Two Brewers. 

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What about parking?    

This time, motorists heading to Windsor for the royal wedding will have to make use of the limited number of spaces inside the town's car parks.

With the expectation of a lower turnout for Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank, there will be no official parking provided by the local authority.

Expect these car parks to be exceptionally busy, so set out early if you plan on driving into Windsor for the big day. 

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Royalists have just three long-stay car parks to chose from, in comparison to the 6,000 parking spaces provided for Harry and Meghan's wedding in May. These are found at Datchet Road, Windsor & Eton Riverside Station, and on Alma Road, next to the Coach Park.  

Parking tickets will cost up to £17 for use of the town-centre car parks, and motorists should consider use of the Park and Ride that runs every 20 minutes between the town and Home Park between 7am and 9pm. 

Will there be road closures in Windsor?

Road closures will be enforced on the procession route through Windsor from 00.01am until 3pm on Friday 12 October, including Castle Hill, High Street, and River Street. 

Local authorities suggest that travellers check this live map of road closures on the day, to check the status of road closures. 

What are my options by train?

Whilst rail operators ran a bumper service during the May royal wedding, there will be an ordinary Friday service to help everyone get in and out of the celebrations on October 12.

Windsor is served by two train stations that are within minutes of the town centre and Windsor Castle, making the railway a reliable option for getting to the Royal wedding celebrations: Windsor and Eton Central and Windsor and Eton Riverside.

Great Western Railway services connect Windsor and Eton station to South Wales and the West of England, as well as Reading and Oxford, via Slough. This branch-line service will be running with four carriages running every 20 minutes, from the very early hours of the morning to late on Saturday night. 

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The journey from Reading or Oxford takes around 30 - 50 minutes and 50 - 75 minutes respectively, with a change required at Slough. 

Cardiff and Swansea are around two and a half hours away from Windsor, requiring changes at Reading and then Slough. 

London is connected to Windsor via the direct Waterloo to Windsor and Eton Riverside service, which takes one hour. Travellers were advised in May not to take the London Paddington - Slough route, in order to ease rail congestion around Windsor. 

From the Midlands, take a Cross Country service from Birmingham New Street to Reading, and then change at Slough for the Eton Riverside station. This takes around two and a half hours.

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Train services from the North require changes at London terminals. Almost five hours of train travel await any royal super-fans making their way from Newcastle.  

Because it will be such a popular event, it is wise to make travel plans ahead of time – so make ticket bookings and travel arrangements well before the big day. Up to date advice on the best routes and how to pre-book your tickets, can be found on Great Western Railway and South Western Railway.

Will there be buses?

Yes, most buses into Windsor will run with a revised route, with many services terminating on Charles Street - check before you travel. 

Royal wedding processions in history

The monarchy has embarked on grand processions from coronations, marriages, funerals and other state occasions since the 15th century. Each year, a carriage procession carries the Queen to the State Opening of Parliament and the races at Ascot, although royal weddings and coronations are arguably the grandest occasions.   

Until earlier this year, the last royal couple to undertake a carriage procession in Windsor was Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones – now the Earl and Countess of Wessex – after their wedding in St George's Chapel in 1999.

a group of people in uniform: Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones pictured in their carriage after their wedding in 1999 - Credit: SINEAD LYNCH/EPA © Provided by Telegraph Media Group Limited Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones pictured in their carriage after their wedding in 1999 - Credit: SINEAD LYNCH/EPA

It was the biggest occasion in the Berkshire town since since the funeral of King George VI in 1952.

More recently, the newly-wed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travelled through Westminster in a 1902 State Landau after their 2011 wedding, waving at thousands of well-wishers who had packed the streets to catch a glimpse of the happy couple. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex used the same carriage earlier this year. Steeped in history, the carriage was specifically built for King Edward VII in 1902 and is usually used by the Queen to meet foreign heads of state when they arrive on state visits to Britain.

The Prince and Princess of Wales used it to travel back from St Paul’s Cathedral after their 1981 royal wedding, as did the Duke and Duchess of York in 1986. It was also used by the Queen during her Silver Wedding anniversary celebrations in 1972 and in her Silver and Diamond Jubilees in 1977 and 2012.

To celebrate Princess Eugenie's wedding on October 12, we want to share your images of royal wedding festivities through the ages. Send your pictures and memories to yourstory@telegraph.co.uk for the chance to be featured in the Telegraph’s gallery.

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