LOCALS have expressed their enthusiasm for the upcoming royal wedding, and the trade and national attention it will draw to the area.

Karl Christiansen, 66, who holds British and American dual citizenship, of Sunningdale village, said: “Like most people, I am delighted. I have been here for 41 years, but am happy someone from across the ‘Pond’ will be part of the royal family.”

Carol Green, 70, of Green Lane, Windsor, said: “Absolutely marvellous, I wish them all the luck in the world and hope they will be very happy. My sister Susan has already booked one of my bedrooms and will coming to stay for the wedding.”

Kerris Walsh, 56, also of Green Lane, said: “It’s lovely. It’s great for the monarchy and for the country she’s is so different from the rest. The pair will make a difference to gender equality and campaigning for good causes.”

Pubs, of course will do a roaring trade.

Robert Gillespie, landlord at the Two Brewers in Park Street, Windsor, said he hoped Harry would follow the example set by Edward and Sophie who were driven down Park Street in an open-topped carriage on their wedding day in 1999.

He said: “It was a glorious sunny day and I remember it really well. It began slowly and then it became like an underground flood. People just came from nowhere and filled the street.

“They stayed all day too celebrating. There will be an amazing turn-out if it happens again like that.

“I am already being booked out.

“An NBC television crew is here today all over the Long Walk and they have all booked to have lunch here.”

Gillian Bayldon-Pritchard, landlady of the Horse and Groom, opposite the castle’s Henry VIII gate, the Queen Vic in Windsor’s Peascod Street and the Waterman’s Arms in Eton, said: “It is going to be fantastic, a great boost for the area.

“I had been really hoping the wedding would be in Windsor and now I can’t wait.

“With all that is going on in the world at the moment this is just what people need to cheer them up.

“We have already had loads of people on to us expressing interest including a Swedish newspaper.”

Daniell Park, 34, of Thames Street, manager for the Duchess of Cambridge, in Thames Street, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled – we’re going to be putting on a big party here to celebrate.

“It will certainly boost trade. All my staff are thrilled it’s happening here.

“I think it will be really, really good for Windsor – lots of these things have been happening in London, so it’s great that Windsor gets a shout.”

Congratulations have been pouring in from around the boroughs.

The Mayor Cllr John Lenton said: “It is a great honour that the borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has been chosen.

“I have great admiration for what Prince Harry has done over the years and we welcome Miss Markle to the Royal Family.”