Heathrow — where Terminal 2 is called “The Queen’s Terminal” — will be celebrating the royal wedding airport-wide with a princely amount of wedding-themed treats and activities, including live broadcasts of the much-anticipated mid-day (London time) ceremony and all the celebrations surrounding the moment when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say “I do.”
Garton and his team at Heathrow vow that, on Saturday, television screens across all the terminals will be tuned to BBC News 24, which will be covering the wedding-day festivities live. In addition, the airport plans to put up giant video screens, tuned to BBC1, in Terminals 3 and 4 for additional royals-related coverage.
Inspired by William and Meghan’s break-with-tradition lemon elderflower wedding cake with buttercream frosting and fresh flowers, on Saturday, Heathrow will be handing out 1,000 “royal” lemon and elderflower cupcakes to arriving passengers in Terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. In Terminals 2 and 5, actors dressed as a Queen’s Guard, a Royal Trumpeter, and a Beefeater (a ceremonial guard at London Tower) will be on site mingling with passengers as well.
London is in the throes of royal wedding fever and in the week leading up to the main event, Heathrow Airport is expecting 9 percent more arriving passengers from North America and, overall, 3.4 percent more visitors than this same week a year ago, with more than 109,000 passengers arriving on Saturday alone.
For last-minute planners and royal wedding fans, there may still be some royal hotel deals to be found. At the Oakley Court, a 118-room castle-like Victorian Gothic Manor less than four miles from Windsor Castle, rooms for this weekend are currently available on HotelTonight for $606/night. (Wedding invitation NOT included.)