BATTERSEA

Located on the south bank of the Thames, close to Fulham and Chelsea, Battersea was originally seen as an alternative for house hunters priced out of these areas. Even Clapham was considered to be a more attractive option – Clapham Junction station is actually in Battersea, but rail bosses apparently didn’t want it associated with the area. However, the fortunes of this great area have swiftly changed in the last few decades. The high number of families here have led to nicknames like ‘Pram Springs’, as buyers and renters flock here for the beautiful Victorian architecture, lovely parks, good schools and general joys of riverside living. A few A-listers are starting to move in too, but the community remains friendly and small.

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THE ROYAL WEDDING

The couple will tie the knot at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Charles and Camilla had their televised blessing there in 2005 and it offers the couple a more low key venue than Westminster Abbey, where Kate Middleton and Prince Williamgot married.

St George's Chapel can accommodate 800 guests, whereas the Abbey seats 2,000.

Harry and Meghan have said they are looking at ways to make their wedding an event that members of the public can feel a part of.

It is also the most convenient option for the Queen and Philip, who spend most of their time at the Castle.

Meghan Markle's dad plans to walk her down the aisle when she marries Prince Harry, according to her half-sister.

Samantha Markle has told how dad Thomas will take his place beside Harry's bride-to-be before the wedding ceremony begins.

There had been speculation about whether Mr Markle would be invited to perform the traditional role of the father of the bride and give his daughter away, when she weds on May 19 at Windsor Castle's St George's Chapel.

But during a television interview, when asked by broadcaster Matthew Wright if her father would be attending the wedding, Samantha Markle replied: "Yes he is, God forbid unless a plane crashes through his roof, he'll be there one way or the other."

St George's Chapel, completed in 1528, is set in the lower ward of Windsor Castle - one of the most famous and iconic landmarks of the British royal family.

Due to its setting within Horseshoe Cloisters and the Henry VIII gate the chapel will also offer Harry, Meghan and their famous friends and family some privacy on what is sure to be a major global news event.

Following the ceremony, at least part of the reception is likely to take place in St George's Hall - a grand 180ft-long room within Windsor Castle which is often used for large state banquets.

 

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Made in Battersea is a new on line community for those living in the up and coming area of Battersea. With  the iconic Power Station finally getting a makeover and the American Embassy coming to town this is an opportunity to promote Battersea and South West London to the wider world, giving this corner of London a platform to express its identity and uniqueness. It gives local residents the chance to shout about their community and businesses, and prospective residents and investors to get a feel for Battersea.

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