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Royal wedding announcement triggers race for Windsor hotel rooms

Windsor CastleThere was an online stampede for hotel rooms in Windsor following the announcement of the royal wedding date on Friday. A Kensington Palace spokesperson confirmed Prince Harry would marry Meghan Markle on 19 May 2018 at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel.

Royal fans wishing to be close to the action on the couple’s big day said they tried to book Windsor hotel rooms immediately. They said the problem was that between the selection and payment phases of the online reservations process the rooms had either vanished or prices had increased by a significant notch.

The same applied right across the board on accommodation consolidators including Expedia and Hotels.com. A Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead spokesperson explained some hotels probably had some availability left but were likely only offering it via direct reservations and not through agents.

He continued by saying that hosting a royal marriage would be the perfect way to launch the summer holiday season in Windsor. Royal commentators noted that hoteliers and other accommodation providers in Windsor would probably make as much money over the wedding weekend as they would on average for the entire month of May.

At the heritage Sofitel MGallery Castle Hotel, general manager David Hayden said from the moment the wedding date was announced the switchboard was inundated with requests for rooms. Other hotels close to the castle and including the Sir Christopher Wren and the Macdonald Windsor reported a surge in enquiries and reservations and were now fully booked for the whole weekend.

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