Take To The Streets To Celebrate Prince Harry And Meghan's Special Day

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Many councils, from Bromley to Salford, have already announced they are waiving charges for road closures, making it easier and cheaper than ever to hold celebrations.

Now the Government is urging other councils to follow suit on May 19, when Prince Harry will marry the American actress Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. The wedding will take place on the same day as the FA Cup final.


Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Jake Berry MP said: “We’ve made it easier than ever for local residents from all backgrounds to come together to celebrate the royal wedding and we hope councils will get into the spirit by helping people wishing to organise street parties.

“With the FA Cup final taking place on the same day, there’s never been a better reason to hold a street party and our updated guidance makes clear the steps residents need to take to ensure an enjoyable and safe day is had by all.” 

Harryand Meghan will wed on day of FA Cup final

With just three months to go, those planning street parties are urged to get in touch with their council at least four to six weeks in advance.

Residents fill out a form explaining their plans and are provided with information on how to apply for a road closure, plus guidance on playing music, insurance and fund raising.

An informal “street meet” on a driveway, parking area, front garden or end of a cul-de-sac does not require permission from the council.

It is hoped communities will come together as they did for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011 and for the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics in 2012.

The last time a similar measure was taken was for the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016, which coincided with two European Championship matches involving England and Wales.

Last week, Kensington Palace announced that the wedding ceremony will take place at noon, followed by a two-mile carriage procession by the fifth-in-line to the throne and his new wife around the streets of Windsor.

A lunchtime reception will take place at St George’s Hall for all the members of the congregation, followed by a more intimate evening reception for close family and friends, hosted by Prince Charles.

The new guidance comes after the Government announced it would be extending licensing hours to allow pubs to remain open until 1am on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19. 

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