Windsor residents are set to make a mint from the royal wedding as they charge visitors thousands to stay in their homes.
Scores of locals are packing up for the weekend and advertising their properties on Airbnb as wedding guests, the world’s media and well-wishers flood the Berkshire town.
A local gym is clearing away its equipment and even a cricket pavilion is being advertised on the website, with some properties being touted for huge sums.
This cricket pavilion is among the more unusual properties available for rent this weekend on website airbnb as locals make thousands by handing over the keys to royal wedding guests
This gym is also up for rent for £1,000-a-night. It can sleep more than 16 people, according to its owner. The posting states: ‘Fitness beds in picture will be tidied away’
Scores of locals have decided to rent out their homes to visitors for the wedding weekend
One two-bedroom home just around the corner from Windsor Castle, which describes itself as ‘Ultimate Royal Wedding’ property, is on the site for £4,000-a-night.
Its posting states: ‘Ultimate location for the Royal Wedding. Uncompromised views directly over the procession route and on to Windsor Castle. 3 Very large fully opening windows which open to standing ledge.
‘You will not find a better location or view of the procession than with this.’
Another three-bedroom property, which is on the website for the first time, features an image of the Long Walk as its main picture and is on the market for £1,000-a-night.
Among the more bizarre properties open for overnight stays is a cricket pavilion on the field opposite Windsor Castle, and a gym in the town centre.
The £1,000-a-night gym claims it has room to sleep at least 16 and assures guests that the ‘fitness beds in picture will be tidied away’.
This property is advertising itself as having the ‘ultimate view of the wedding procession’
The £4,000-a-night flat even includes a picture taken from a window during a previous event
This flat overlooking the procession route is on airbnb for more than £1,500-a-night
It is also using its views as a selling point, promising an ‘amazing direct view’ of the procession
Windsor Cricket Club is offering its pavilion for £3,000-a-night, suggesting it could be used by visiting foreign media.
The one-off posting states: ‘This offer is only available for the week of the royal wedding. Would work for media companies as you’ll be next door to the media village.’
Meanwhile, shops, restaurants and cafes in Windsor are enjoying a huge boom in trade as crowds rush to the town to see the wedding procession.
Marks & Spencer has announced that it will change its name to Markle & Sparkle for the weekend.
The roads around the town are closed as well-wishers bask beneath blue skies and beaming sunshine – weather that is expected to stay around for the weekend.
The town is expecting a huge financial boost from the wedding, with the local Marks and Spencer rebranding itself as ‘Markle and Sparkle’ for the weekend
The town has been inundated with royal fans ahead of Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding
The town has been flooded with royal fans, with souvenir shops decked out in Union Jacks
Some 250 members of the armed forces are expected to take part in Saturday’s festivities, lining the streets as the newly wed Harry and Meghan head on a 25-minute carriage ride through the town.
Press from around the world, tourists, locals and royal fans watched from behind barriers as members of the military paraded around Windsor in a practice run yesterday.
There is a heavy police presence, with armed officers stationed around town and other officers on top of buildings looking over the crowds.
After months of planning, yesterday’s dry-run gave organisers a chance to put some finishing touches to the global event.