All eyes will be on Windsor Castle on May 19 as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make their wedding vows. Following the nuptials at St George’s Chapel, officiated by the archbishop of Canterbury, a horse-drawn carriage will carry the happy couple through the streets of Windsor to the delight of cheering fans. Serious royal watchers who make the journey to witness the spectacular event — located an hour west of London — may want to check out these royal wedding deals designed to make guests feel like a king or queen.
Say “Cheers!” to the newlyweds as you arrive at One Aldwych, a contemporary luxury hotel in the center of Covent Garden. As part of the Spring with the Royal Wedding Celebration Package, the hotel’s Lobby Bar has crafted an exclusive Royal Cup cocktail, combining Bombay Sapphire, homemade bergamot and chamomile cordial, Elderflower liqueur, and an edible gold leaf. The package also includes accommodations for two; full English breakfast; use of health club (including 18-meter pool and state-of-the-art gym); and more. For an additional charge ($62), surprise your mate with a hand-tied royal bouquet featuring peonies — said to be Ms. Markle’s favorite flower — and a sprig of myrtle, a symbol of love and matrimony used in royal brides’ bouquets since Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840. Available weekends in May. Rates from $477. www.onealdwych.com
Nestled on a historic private courtyard in St. James’s Place, a five-minute walk from Buckingham Palace, the luxury Dukes London hotel is offering a special royal wedding package. Couples staying in any modern or classic style rooms or suites will enjoy such royal amenities as a trip to Windsor Castle with a picnic breakfast; afternoon tea in the hotel Drawing Room; bottle of Gusbourne sparkling wine in room on arrival; pick up and drop off from Heathrow and Gatwick airports; three-hour walking tour of Westminster; early check-in/late check-out; three-course dinner for two onsite at GBR (Great British Restaurant); and a royal wedding souvenir. Available April 27-June 3. Rates from $880 per night with three-night minimum stay. www.dukeshotel.com
Celebrate the newest royal nuptials in high-style at Cliveden House, a country house hotel sprawled across a 376-acre estate. Located 20 minutes from Windsor Castle, this Relais & Châteaux property is offering several ways commemorate the royal wedding in May: a Royal Treatment spa day in the new Cliveden Spa (from $305); a unique afternoon barbecue in the garden; and a Regal Weekend package for two that includes two nights (May 18-19) in your chosen room category; afternoon tea with champagne; two one-hour spa treatments; three-course dinner in the Astor Grill; seven-course dinner in the André Garrett Restaurant; breakfast each day; champagne river cruise; and more. If you don’t have a coveted ticket to the wedding, you can watch the festivities unfold in the hotel’s screening room, or in the privacy of your suite. Starting rate for room only is $618; Royal Weekend package rate from $1,799 per person for two nights, based on two adults sharing a junior suite.www.clivedenhouse.co.uk
11 CADOGAN GARDENS
Originally built as four separate Victorian town houses by Lord Chelsea in the late 19th century, 11 Cadogan Gardens is now a posh urban hideaway in the heart of bustling Chelsea. Following a screening of the royal wedding, the property will be serving a champagne afternoon tea with all the royal trimmings in its serene lounge as well as its garden terrace. The Regal Afternoon Tea ($76) includes a glass of Pimms on arrival; half-bottle of champagne per person; traditional finger sandwiches; freshly baked scones; delicate pastries; and selection of teas. Rates from $430. 11cadogangardens.com
MANDARIN ORIENTAL HYDE PARK
What could be more regal than staying at the opulent Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, the Edwardian masterpiece that harkens back to the early 20th century’s Golden Age of travel? The hotel recently unveiled the first phase of extensive restorations to its Knightsbridge facing rooms and suites, and its 24-carat gilded ballroom where Queen Elizabeth II learned to dance with her sister, the late Princess Margaret. Located near the verdant Hyde Park in Knightsbridge, the hotel is close to Harrods, the Royal Albert Hall, and world-class museums. Rates from $950. www.mandarinoriental.com/london/hyde-park/luxury-hotel
At Claridge’s, the opulent five-star luxury hotel in Mayfair, you may feel as if you’ve stepped into a scene from the television series, The Crown. After its debut in 1856 (and a visit from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert), an Art Deco makeover attracted lords, ladies and dowager duchesses as well as movie stars and statesmen including Winston Churchill, Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. (It is said that Queen Mother’s reserved dining table was always decorated with sweet peas.) Recent restoration and updates, combining style with comfort, are attracting new generations who appreciate the hotel’s timeless glamour. During your royal wedding visit, reserve a table at Afternoon Tea where sweet and savory British specialties are offered along with a selection of 24 loose leaf teas, all served on jade- and white-striped china. Traditional tea $83. Accommodation rates from $790. www.claridges.co.ukNecee Regis can be reached at email@example.com.