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AS IT HAPPENED: The Royal Wedding

Express Reporting Team

23:40pm: Incase anyone is still reading this the road closures have now been lifted in Windsor 

A statement fromCllr Phil Bicknell, cabinet member for highways, transport and Windsor said: “We are pleased to advise that the road closures in central Windsor / on the routes into Windsor have now been lifted.
 
“We would like to thank both our residents and the many well-wishers and visitors for their patience while the road closures were in place.”


19:25pm: The evening reception is now taking place at Frogmore House and the Royal couple have changed outfits. 

A statement from the palace says: "The Bride's evening dress is designed by Stella McCartney and is a bespoke lily white high neck gown made of silk crepe.

"The Bride is wearing shoes from Aquazurra made in silky satin, with nude mesh, with soles painted in baby blue.

"Ms. Markle's hair has been styled for the Evening Reception by George Northwood."

And for the car fans....

"The couple travelled from Windsor Castle to Frogmore House in a silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. This vehicle was originally manufactured in 1968, and has since been converted to electric power."


18:03pm: Cllr Phil Bicknell, cabinet member for highways, transport and Windsor at the Royal Borough said the council is working hard to get Windsor back to normal.

He said: "Now that the formal celebrations are over, we are working hard to ensure that Windsor returns to normal as quickly as possible to reduce the impact on our residents and businesses.

 “We will be working throughout the night and over the next few days to dismantle some of the additional infrastructure put in place and to ensure that town is clean and tidy.”


17:37pm: People are being urged to use Windsor and Eton Riverside Station due to Windsor and Eton Central being very busy.

You can also get a free bus from Alexander Gardens Coach Park which will take you to Slough. 


16:33pm: We can confirm the clean up has begun for all of you worrying about the mess!


16:30pm: We are now back at the office and working hard to put up all our pictures from today! 


16:00pm: Sir Elton John has performed at the lunchtime reception for guests celebrating the wedding. 

The reception has been hosted by the Queen at St George's Hall in Windsor Castle.


14:35pm: We know you're all dying to know what food is being served at the lunchtime reception hosted by the Queen so here we go. Tasty!

Guests will be served a selection of canapés, including:

·         Scottish Langoustines wrapped in Smoked Salmon with Citrus Crème Fraiche

·         Grilled English Asparagus wrapped in Cumbrian Ham

·         Garden Pea Panna Cotta with Quail Eggs and Lemon Verbena

·         Heritage Tomato and Basil Tartare with Balsamic Pearls

·         Poached Free Range Chicken bound in a Lightly Spiced Yoghurt with Roasted Apricot

·         Croquette of Confit Windsor Lamb, Roasted Vegetables and Shallot Jam

·         Warm Asparagus Spears with Mozzarella and Sun-Blush Tomatoes

Guests will also be served a selection of bowl food, including:

·         Fricassee of Free Range Chicken with Morel Mushrooms and Young Leeks

·         Pea and Mint Risotto with Pea Shoots, Truffle Oil and Parmesan Crisps

·         Ten Hour Slow Roasted Windsor Pork Belly with Apple Compote and Crackling

Sweet canapés will also be served, including:

·         Champagne and Pistachio Macaroons

·         Orange Crème Brûlée Tartlets

Miniature Rhubarb Crumble Tartlets


14:30pm: Great Western Railway says there is a two hour wait for trains home


13:45pm: Beautiful shot of the couple leaving the chapel 


13:44pm: And is if the day couldn't get any better...you can now get on a special carriage back to your own home....


13:43pm: Here is the couple as they set off 

13:41pm: The procession is now over and the couple are making their way back to the castle 


13:30pm: Here come the newlyweds 

13:24pm: Crowds cheer as the carriage procession passes 


12:40PM: There seems to be mixed reviews about Bishop Michael Curry


12:45pm: Updates from Dave as the guests arrive

12:30pm: Great pictures from Ian 


11:59am: Some info from Kensington Palace about the dress

"Ms. Meghan Markle’s wedding dress has been designed by the acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller. Ms. Waight Keller last year became the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy.

"Ms. Markle expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony. Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition."


11:57am: Cllrs Natasha and Michael Airey with their five-month-old baby are here at the Guildhall 

11:51am: The Town Crier is a babe


11:47am: Prince Harry has arrived 


11:40am: What a view!


11:30am: Meghan Markle has left Cliveden


11:20am: The procession route is now closed


11:14am: Information about the wedding rings has been released by Kensington Palace.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen Cleave and Company to make their rings. 

Prince Harry's ring will be a Platinum Band with a textured finish.

Both rings were crafted in the Cleave workshop.

The rings will be carried to St George's Chapel on the day of the Wedding by The Duke of Cambridge, in his capacity as Best Man.


11:11am: There's a lot of police here today


10:50am: LOST DOG ALERT

Lost dog on the Military Knights Grass! #RoyalWeddingDogs pic.twitter.com/xq5JiR4vlM

— David Lee (@DavidLee_BM) May 19, 2018


10:45am: The Clooney's have arrived 

10:35am: Murphy James from Windsor Homeless Project has thanked members of the public for their support

He said: " The amount of worldwide support we have received over the past 4 months is incredible and we cannot thank you enough. Without your help and support, we would not have been able to aid in the housing of over 50 individuals in the past 2 years and we hope to continue in this vain for as long as their are vulnerable people being forced to live on the streets. 

"Most people know about the merchandise we have for sale at www.ForRicherForPoorer.org but I can now reveal that thanks to our friends at ‘Thortful’ we have two cards for sale too. 

"The cards are available to buy from www.thortful.com or you can purchase the two cards from outside St. John the Baptist Church on High Street, Windsor between 8.30am till 12pm. These cards are limited to 1000 and have the words ‘I WAS THERE’ embossed on them. If you want to own a truly unique item, whilst donating to the the Windsor Homeless Project, this is your chance."

"Thank you so much and enjoy the wedding!"


10:30am: *Swoons


10:25am: George has created a competition 


10:20am: Hotel guests eager to get a view of the crowds 


10:18am: Former mayor Sayonara Luxton enjoying the action 


10:00am: We're sorry to announce we won't be able to provide you with any James Blunt content today 


09:45am: Because if you're a Mr Bean impersonator where else would would you want to be today 


09:43am:The band has really livened things up here!


09:30:am: Great atmosphere from the Corn Exchange at Windsor Guildhall 

GWR have also moved 4,500 from Slough to Windsor so far! 


09:20am: Great Western Railway have tweeted queue times for those travelling by train


08:45am: Join the queue girls! 

08:30am: Some great pics from Ian. Feel free to send us your pictures, either tag us on twitter @ExpressSeries or email them in gracew@baylismedia.co.uk 


08:25am: Shout out to all the volunteers today! 


08:15am: Kensington Palace has announced the titles. Prince Harry will become His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex and Ms Meghan Markle will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex 


08:15am: Everyone is getting in the spirit - even the workers from Limes Dine In Bakery. Lots of people coming in to grab teas and coffees


08:12am: Some very enterprising folk making a killing from selling flags. Overhead some being sold for £6.50!!

08:06am: Businesses in Windsor are benefitting from the crowds today


08:01am: Dave is now in position outside the St George's Chapel where the couple are due to get married 


07:56am: If you're rocking up to the Royal Wedding you need to look part 


07:41am: Everyone is getting into the spirit 


07:30am:  The trains are very busy as crowds come in from London


06:30am: Grace has started the #RoyalWeddingDogs thread! Send us your pics 

I’m officially starting the #RoyalWeddingDogs thread. Tweet me your pics #RoyalWedding pic.twitter.com/llTynYs5GM

— Grace Witherden (@GraceW_BM) May 19, 2018


06:10:am: It's very busy on the Long Walk. There are already big queues for the food van 


06:00am: Today reporting for the wedding we have David Lee, George Roberts and Grace Witherden, Tharsa Sakthipakan and Sophie Williams. 

And taking pictures we have Emma Sheppard and Ian Longthorne. 


05:38am: Good morning! Follow this blog for updates from the big day! 

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