The Royal Wedding – Harry and Meghan by the numbers

A few days ago, the Queen signed the Instrument of Consent which gave official approval for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, you can see her signature at the top right of the document.  So I thought I would do two posts looking at the Royal Wedding from a different perspective using facts and figures!



The Instrument of Consent


As the whole world eagerly awaits the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry,, the number one wedding planning app in the UK, has compiled the Royal Wedding by numbers. The party of over 4,000 guests will be treated to 28,000 canapés and billions of champagne bubbles, but they won’t be the only ones celebrating the wedding. Thousands of tourists will be travelling to London to see the newlyweds, and thousands more will be partying in their honour. The celebration of the century will require millions of flower petals, miles and miles of bunting, and enough cucumber sandwiches to feed the entire British population.

With 3 billion global viewers and an expected £280 million boost to the British economy, this is the Royal Wedding by the numbers!

16,000 glasses of champagne

With 4,040 guests, each expected to have at least 4 glasses of champagne throughout the day and evening, that will be at least 16,000 glasses filled with 250 billion bubbles!

8 million flower petals to make 1 million handfuls of confetti

There will be 1 million handfuls of confetti in Windsor on the big day, eagerly awaiting to throw 8 million flower petals in the air to celebrate the newlyweds.

3 million kettles boiling after the service

The National Grid will see a staggeringly high demand for power following the wedding service, as the Brits go straight for the kettle for a relaxing cup of tea. 3 million kettles are expected to be boiled to celebrate the newlywed couple!

Meghan is getting 42% more search traffic than Brexit

Meghan Markle is currently getting 12 times more search traffic than British Prime Minister Theresa May, and on peak days has received 42% more searches than “Brexit”… and 32% more than “Jesus”.

£90,000 for trumpets

20 silver-plated fanfare trumpets stamped with the Royal Coat of Arms have already been requested, and they each come between £3,000 and £6,000 a piece/toot! That will be £90,000 for trumpets!



The Royal Coat of Arms which translates to ‘God and my right’


500,000 people at Windsor

500,000 people are expected to visit Windsor for the Royal Wedding. They will get to witness the most Disney moment of the day: the Royal Carriage procession!


200,000 flowers and 60 florists

With a budget of £110,000 on flowers, from larger stems to buttonholes and delicate bouquets, more than 200,000 flowers will be styled by around 60 florists across all three venues for the big day.

A banquet hall 10 times the size of the average British home

At 5381 square feet, the size of St George’s Hall will ensure no guests are stepping on each other’s toes during the reception. The hall is 10 times the size of the average British home!

28,000 canapés

28,000 canapés will be needed to keep the Royal Wedding guests happy throughout the day and evening events.

£35,000 for luxury toilets

If this wedding lives up to Pippa Middleton’s, there will be luxury mobile toilets for the guests at the 3 different events. With a guest list this big, it comes down to at least 40 super luxury mobile units with a likely price tag of £35,000.



On Patrol within Windsor Castle


1,000 waiters and staff for the day

Alongside the 500 people team who work at Windsor Castle on a daily basis, another additional 500 are likely to be on duty on the day. From waiters to chefs to porters to florists, a Royal army will be ensuring the day runs like clockwork. Plus the 5,000 police which will be on duty.

28,000 wedding photos

Although most won’t be revealed, Meghan and Harry’s wedding photographer, and the team to support him will make their flashes go off at least 28,000 times throughout the day and evening!

16,000 engaged couples signing up to British wedding planning app Bridebook

Since US media claimed Harry and Meghan have been using UK wedding planning app under a secret account, more than 16,000 couples have signed up to plan their wedding on the app!

3 Royal stag do’s

Harry has been rumoured to have enjoyed 3 stag do’s (bachelor parties) with different groups of friends. Including a skiing trip, a classic Scotland stag-do with his closest mates, and to celebrity hotspot Hedsor House, near Windsor.

52,750 British pubs with extended opening hours

Pubs all over the UK will extend their curfew to 1 AM for the Royal Wedding celebrations! That’s two more hours of toasting to Harry and Meghan, and an extra 10.5 million each drink served!

8,000 street parties in the UK

After 5,500 street parties were thrown for William and Kate on a Thursday in April, there are expected to be a lot more for Harry and Meghan. Councils will be busy managing the requests to allow over 8,000 street parties all over the UK.

London is where the most street parties will be planned

London is the council with the most street party requests, with over 900 submissions.

More than 100 million drinks in celebration in the UK

With at least 24 million people expected to watch the Royal Wedding in the UK, plus the FA Cup Final and extended pub opening hours, the whole of the UK is going to be toasting Harry and Meghan!

1.4 million cucumber sandwiches (and other fillings) at UK street parties

Start cutting off those crusts, as the UK public will likely munch through over 1.4 million sandwiches at their street parties alone! M&S are already stocking up.

330 miles of bunting

With 8,000 street parties along with endless garden parties, there will be a British bunting bonanza, stretching 330 miles of bunting across the UK. (In 2011, Tesco alone sold 120 miles of bunting for William and Kate’s wedding).

More than 200,000 bin bags of rubbish, weighing 2,500 tons

More than 200,000 bin bags of rubbish, weighing 2,500 tons, are expected as a result of royal wedding street parties and family get-togethers which will happen all over the UK.

£26,000 for sausage rolls

With 2,600 members of the public attending the wedding, we are hoping they each get a cup of tea and a sausage roll while they cheer on the happy couple.

Greggs sausage rolls

Sausage Rolls from Greggs… much better than any other fancy tupes.  You can get 4 for the price of 3!

8,500 journalists

8,500 journalists were in London alone to cover William and Kate’s big day, and the same number will be back to cover the momentous occasion of Harry and Meghan.

5,000 police on duty

From grenadier guards to armed police to snipers and undercover officers, 5,000 officers are expected to be on duty on the day to keep everyone safe.

£100,000 to rent a view

American tourists are hiring out homes that overlook the Royal Wedding route for six-figure values so that they can get the perfect view.


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I met Prince William here once with a very happy tourist from California.


£268 million boost to the British economy

After 350,000 tourists came to the UK for William and Kate’s wedding, we are now expecting 450,000 flying over to see the beloved Meghan get married to Prince Harry. The average national spend of a tourist in the UK is £596 per visit, that is a tidy quarter of a billion boost to the British economy.

5,901 couples getting married on May 19th

5,901 couples will be getting married the same day as Meghan and Harry in the UK according to the – the UK’s leading wedding planning app – which plans over 100,000 UK weddings per year.

3.3 million web pages about the Royal Wedding

From lifestyle blogs about Meghan’s wedding dress to online betting sites predicting the odds of rain on May 19th – there are already over 3.3 million pages online about the Royal Wedding!

The hashtag #RoyalWedding has been used 730,000 times

Since their engagement was announced, the hashtag #RoyalWedding has been used 730,000 times on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Twitter takes the cake with the most discussions, with an average of 1,200 tweets using the hashtag every day.

460 Royal Wedding dedicated Instagram hashtags

Instagram has over 460 Royal Wedding hashtags. However, not everyone has the #RoyalWeddingFever, with some couples tagging their photos as #HarryandMeghanStoleMyDate.

3 billion global viewers

After more than 2 billion people watched William and Kate’s wedding, and the global rise of the smartphone and social media since then, more than 3 billion people are expected to watch this Royal Wedding, which is expected to be the most viewed event in history.



On Sentry Duty


1.5 billion tissues to mop up global teary eyes

With a total audience of 3 billion viewers, and half expected to shed a tear, that is a distance of tissue almost enough to get you to the moon! 300,000 kilometres of tissue to be precise, or a mere 7.5 times around the Earth.

Half a million bets on the wedding

The Royal Wedding is going to be one of the most significant non-sporting events of 2018 for betting sites. With over half a million bets expected on the Royal Wedding.


More than 5,000 baby Meghans to be born next year

If the name Meghan is as predicted expected to become the top baby name of 2018, we can expect more than five thousand baby Meghan’s to be born in the next year in the UK, knocking “Olivia” off the top spot.

£1 million in donations

Continuing the tradition started by Kate and William, Meghan and Harry have asked guests to donate to their chosen charities. If they are as successful at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the newlyweds should get at least £1 million in donations.

Of course, you can come and follow in the footsteps of this great event and visit Windsor Castle and St George Chapel with Ye Olde England Tours


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Where the wedding will take place.


About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including several #1 sellers. I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. I run my private tours company with one tour stated by the leading travel website as being with the #1 authentic London Experience. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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7 Responses to The Royal Wedding – Harry and Meghan by the numbers

  1. Marilyn Liddell Hall (maiden name) Allan says:

    I will be surprised if this marriage lasts!


  2. Marilyn Allan says:

    I will be surprised if this marriage lasts!

    Sent from my iPhone


    Liked by 1 person

    • Me too. Harry was a bit of a party animal and I’m not 100% convinced Meghan is Princess material but I guess everyone deserves a chance to be happy…. just so look as she is being genuine.


  3. LisaDay says:

    #HarryandMeghanStoleMyDate – ha, ha, ha. Interesting numbers.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Andrew Green says:

    Greetings from Royal Windsor – 500,000 visitors!! The local estimate is £100,000 and people are panicking about that. There’s talk of stopping trains into Windsor if the town gets full. They reckon there’ll be a six hour wait for trains out of town. You might like my poem foe the wedding


  5. Andrew Green says:

    ShouldShould be 100,000 0eople not £ lol!!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Theresa Turner says:

    Hi Stephen! Hope you’re doing well! David and I have been enjoying going over our time with you!(and hopefully will get to see you again next year!)

    I don’t know if we mentioned it but David is “into” genealogy and in the course of tracing my lineage, we found that on my father’s side, I am a direct descendant of the O’Neill family of Enniskillen Castle in County Fermanagh, Ireland (which is still standing) I couldn’t think of anyone who might know something about the Castle or the area except you! Any chance you can give me any kind of info? Much love, Theresa Sent from my iPhone



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