Wedding fever prompts new Evan Evans tour

Sightseeing company Evan Evans has created a new day trip package, offering lunch in Windsor and visit to Buckingham Palace.

The new tour follows a significant rise in demand for London and Windsor – prompted by the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Therese Agerberth, managing director of Evan Evans, said: “We knew that the attention Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding would bring to Windsor, London and the UK more widely would be a fantastic opportunity for tourism this summer but we were blown away by how much interest there has been from prospective customers both here in the UK and from overseas, wanting to explore the venues made famous by the royal couple’s nuptials.

Running from July 23 to September 28, the new Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle includes a two-course lunch overlooking Windsor Castle.

Holidaymakers can explore the grounds to see the State Apartments and St George’s Chapel, where the royal wedding took place on May 19.

Costing £115 per adult, the trip will also visit Buckingham Palace (pictured), where visitors can see the 19 State Rooms that are made available to the public during the summer opening season.

VisitBritain expects a 15% year-on-year rise in visitors from the US during 2018, partly thanks to the wedding.

More than 100,000 people were in Windsor for the day of the wedding, and millions more watched on TV.

More than 11 million were estimated to have watched the coverage in the UK, along with about 29 million viewers in the US.

Alexander Göransson, consultant at research firm Euromonitor, said: “Meghan and Harry’s wedding will continue to keep the UK in focus, especially from a US perspective, which is likely to impact tourism in the coming years.

“The Royal family are a major driver of UK tourism, especially to sites associated with them.

“Therefore the expected ‘Megan & Harry effect’ will be felt from 2019 onwards.”