Here's Every Word of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Romantic Wedding Vows

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 12:59
<p>On Saturday, <a href="" target="_blank">Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will finally say their royal vows</a>. And like Prince William and Kate Middleton did before them, Meghan and Harry will be saying their vows with a thoroughly modern twist.</p><p>In 2011, Prince William and Kate Middleton wed. At the time, <a href="" target="_blank">Kate chose to omit</a> the words “serve” and “obey” from her vows. And, according to the <a href="" target="_blank">Order of Procession</a> released by the palace on Friday, Meghan will be doing the same.</p><p>According to the document, which was prepared and printed by the palace several weeks ago, Meghan’s vows will read:</p><p><i>“I MEGHAN, take you, HARRY, to be my husband, to have and to hold , from this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part; according to God’s holy law. In the presence of God I make this vow.” </i></p><p>Prince Harry’s will mirror his bride’s.</p><p>Following their vows, the pair will exchange rings. Harry, this time unlike his brother William, has chosen to <a href="" target="_blank">accept and wear a ring from his bride</a>. At that time, Meghan will present her husband with a ring and say:</p><p><i>“HARRY, I give you this ring as a sign of our marriage. With my body I honour you, all that I am I give to you, and all that I have I share with you, within the love of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” </i></p><p>Again, Harry’s words will mirror his bride’s.</p><p>And though these vows will certainly bring a tear to the world’s collective eye, what will perhaps make them even more emotional is the fact that they will be preceded by a reading of the Song of Solomon by The Lady Jane Fellowes, Princess Diana’s younger sister and Prince Harry’s aunt.</p><p>So long story short, have your tissues ready.</p>
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Inside the Scandalous Hotel Where Meghan Markle Will Spend the Night Before Her Wedding

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 12:01
<p>Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are just days away from walking down the aisle at the biggest wedding of the year. But, before they become husband and wife, they must spend one <a href="" target="_blank">last night apart</a>.</p><p>This Friday, Meghan and Harry are expected to spend the night before their wedding in different hotel rooms: Prince Harry at the <a href=",WherePrinceHarryandMeghanMarkleAreStayingtheNightBeforetheRoyalWedding,chenk,NEW,ART,683857,201805,I/" target="_blank">Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Park</a> with his brother, Prince William, and Meghan and her mother, Doria Ragland, at the <a href=",WherePrinceHarryandMeghanMarkleAreStayingtheNightBeforetheRoyalWedding,chenk,NEW,ART,683857,201805,I/" target="_blank">Cliveden House</a>.</p><p>While each hotel is certainly glamorous enough for a royal, Meghan’s choice of accommodations also comes with a rather risqué backstory. The Cliveden House was built in 1666 by the Duke of Buckingham as a place specifically meant to <a href="" target="_blank">entertain his mistress and friends</a>.</p><p>Since its construction, the hotel has become well-known for its history of “unapologetic debauchery,” according to its <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>.</p><p>“With a history of unapologetic debauchery, our Grade I listed stately home's most heinous of scandals shook the British parliament and played out on these very grounds,” it says on the site.</p><p>“The year was 1961. While the Cold War was slowly chilling British politics, Cliveden House was engulfed in a sultry summer of sweltering heat. Cooling off in the now famous outdoor pool, was Christine Keeler, a nineteen year old mistress of a suspected Russian spy.”</p><p>As the site further noted, while attending a mid-summer bash thrown by the hotel’s then owner Lord Astor, the young woman – and potential spy – began a torrid affair with John Profumo, an “up-and-coming Conservative Secretary of State for War and husband of well-known actress, Valerie Hobson.”</p><p>The affair forced Profumo to resign his post and, “irrevocably damage the Prime Minister's reputation, and impact on the course of British politics forever.”</p><p>So yeah, perhaps not the best vibe for your pre-wedding dreams.</p><p>But, even with the hotel’s raucous party history, we’re certain Meghan will have a restful night’s sleep, especially if she books the hotel’s private <a href="" target="_blank">Spring Cottage</a>.</p><p>The cottage, which can sleep up to six people in its three luxurious bedrooms and is available from $2,793 per night, is set right on the banks of the River Thames. There, the soon-to-be bride can relax in the deep soaking tub, read a book in the small nook library, sit by the fire with her mom for some girl talk, and cook a delicious (and <a href="" target="_blank">likely very healthy</a>) last meal as a single, non-royal woman in the chef’s kitchen. She can also sit out in the cottage’s garden to watch the sun go down. In the morning, Meghan can then choose to leave via the cottage’s private River Thames boat launch.</p><p>If for some reason Meghan chooses to be among the commoners at the hotel, she could decide to take part in its <a href="" target="_blank">afternoon tea</a>, or visit its <a href="" target="_blank">well-appointed spa</a> for a treatment, massage, or spend a little time doing laps in the pool.</p><p>While all this certainly sounds stellar, let’s all just hope Meghan doesn’t meet a mystery man in the hotel gardens and starts up another torrid English affair.</p><p>If you're looking for your own dose of scandal and intrigue, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">rooms start at $349 per night</a>.</p>
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The Best Way to Tour the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland Is by Boat

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 11:02
<p>I touched down in in Amsterdam on a rainy Sunday morning, with every intention of wandering the city that afternoon. But as a bracing wind carried me up the gangplank of the luxe <em>Crystal Bach</em>, my home on the Rhine River for the next few nights, I decided this was more the kind of weather for staying indoors and curling up with a good book. Or, in my case, sitting down to a buffet lunch of country pâtés with plum chutney, artichoke salad with black-truffle vinaigrette, and the most heavenly Dutch cheese soup, cut with cherry water to add a little sweetness. Who needed Amsterdam?</p><p>Why, I asked myself, had I not done more river cruises? In recent years, this style of travel has exploded in popularity, in no small part because whether you’re on the Danube, the Mekong, or the Amazon, the ships are always intimate and they hit a lot of ports, sometimes two in a day. Multiple companies have launched recently to focus on this type of cruising, including Crystal River Cruises, an offshoot of the award-winning ocean line.</p><p>The <em>Bach </em>quickly quashed any fears I had about choosing a ship over a hotel, particularly in Europe, where the standards for design and food are so high. The ship marries world-class amenities—a swimming pool, an indulgent glass of Château d’Yquem—with ever-changing views and the pleasures of drifting down the Rhine. Launched in 2017, the <em>Bach </em>feels like a floating boutique property. So do its sister ships, <em>Debussy</em> and <em>Ravel</em>, both of which debuted this spring; <em>Mahler</em>, inaugurated last year; and <em>Mozart</em>, which first set sail in 2016. The cabins across all five vessels are sleek and minimalist, in a crisp white-and-gray color scheme accented by pops of emerald and amethyst.</p><img alt="River Suite Deluxe on the Crystal Bach "src=""><p>The Petite Suites, sized at 188 square feet, are best for solo travelers, while the River Suite Deluxe cabins, which start at 237 square feet, are ideal for couples. Thoughtful details like a walk-in closet and a rainfall shower operated with a push of a button made my River Suite Deluxe feel extra sumptuous. For those who want to stay in their own floating apartment, the one- and two-bedroom suites have sitting rooms with ambient fireplaces.</p><p>The <em>Bach</em>, which holds 106 passengers, does 14-night sailings between Amsterdam and Frankfurt, stopping in both large cities like Antwerp, Belgium, and small ports like Rudesheim, Germany, famous for its medieval Old Town and Christmas market. Nearly all river-cruise lines offer complimentary excursions, and Crystal is no exception, taking you to places like the Rubens House, Peter Paul Rubens’s art-filled 17th-century palazzo in Antwerp, and the Netherlands’ Kröller-Müller Museum, home to the world’s second-largest collection of van Goghs.</p><p>That said, where Crystal really stands out from the competition is on the ship. After a long day in port, the first thing that greets you on the third deck of the <em>Bach</em> is a charming café offering French-press coffee and shaken Zotter hot chocolate—not to mention apple strudels and sandwiches. Toward the bow is the Palm Court lounge, crowned by a honeycomb-like glass ceiling that lets daylight flood the space. In the evening, I would go there to drink a glass of Grüner Veltliner and admire the lights onshore.</p><img alt="Waterside restaurant detail on the Crystal Bach ship "src=""><p>Downstairs, on the first deck, is the main dining room, Waterside. With its floor-to-ceiling windows and leather banquettes, the space transitions beautifully from casual buffet-style breakfasts and lunches to more formal dinners, where you can feast on forest-mushroom tart and slow-braised lamb shank. What’s more, Crystal sources the freshest ingredients in port and never dishes up the same thing twice on a sailing. (Unless you ask: after I fell hard for the beef carpaccio with shaved truffles my first night, the kitchen served it to me again.)</p><p>And then there’s the wine. Passengers can choose from 25 complimentary pours by the glass, with a strong focus on Germany and Austria. For true oenophiles, it’s worth the extra $356 per person to book the Vintage Room, the ship’s private dining space for up to 12 people. It was there, during a seven-course dinner, that I sipped that glass of Château d’Yquem, which came paired with a dark chocolate mousse. It followed a broiled turbot accompanied by a Riesling from Prager, a boutique Austrian winery I’d discovered years earlier. Families and couples who have become friends on previous sailings often book the Vintage Room. On a ship this size and this well appointed, it’s easy to get comfortable with one another. <em>14-night sailings from $5,685 per person all-inclusive.</em></p>
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The Wedding Gift Donald Trump Will Likely Give Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 09:00
<p>President Donald Trump may <a href="" target="_blank">not be invited to the royal wedding</a> this Saturday, but that likely doesn’t mean he won’t be sending a gift. A rather specific gift, that is, if history repeats itself. </p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">InStyle</a></em>, America has a grand tradition of sending off what could be the most boring royal wedding gift of all time: a bowl. Yes, a bowl.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How to Watch the Royal Wedding — and What Time to Tune In</a></p><p>However, these aren’t just any old salad bowls bought off a registry at Bed Bath &amp; Beyond. These are Steuben glass bowls worth thousands of dollars.</p><p>As<em> InStyle</em> explained, the tradition of giving newly minted royal couples glass bowls dates all the way back to Harry Truman, who gifted then-Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip a Steuben “Merry-Go-Round Bowl” in 1947 for their wedding.</p><p><em><a href="" target="_blank">The New York Times</a></em> also reported that Nancy and Ronald Reagan gave Princess Diana and Prince Charles a $75,000 engraved Steuben glass bowl for their wedding 1981. However, Nancy didn’t pay retail — instead <a href="" target="_blank">she reportedly snagged it</a> for a mere $8,000 using State Department funds.</p><p>So, because of this glass bowl tradition, one can only assume Donald and Melania will be ordering one and sending it off to <a href="" target="_blank">Kensington Palace</a> any day now.</p><p>Of course the Americans aren’t the only ones who often give the royals some rather odd wedding gifts. The mayor of London, who gave Kate and William a tandem bicycle, said at the time, "I look forward to seeing the newlyweds on tandem wheels as they start their new life in Anglesey." <em>InStyle</em> also noted that Gandhi gifted Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip a small woven cloth for their big day, which the Queen mistook for a loincloth. </p><p>Though maybe world leaders will get hip to the young royals' game and <a href="" target="_blank">give to charity</a> instead of sending a physical gift.</p><p>In April, Harry and Meghan asked the public to not send gifts, but to give to one of their favorite organizations if they felt so inclined.</p><p>“Prince Harry &amp; Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill they have received since their engagement, &amp; have asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion of their wedding considers giving to charity, instead of sending a gift,” a tweet from Kensington Palace read at the time.</p><p>The charities, the palace added, represent “a range of issues that they are passionate about, including sport for social change, women's empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV, and the Armed Forces.” And really, isn’t giving $75,000 to charity a little better than sending a glass bowl anyway?</p>
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How More Airlines Are Eliminating Gate Agents and Letting Passengers Board Themselves

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 08:14
<p>It’s not unlikely there will be a time when you’ll be able to go to the airport, check in, pass through security, and board your flight without ever having to speak to another human being.</p><p>More and more airlines are testing facial-scanning programs that allow passengers to board themselves, without having to interact with a gate agent.</p><img alt="New facial recognition technology "src=""><p>The process starts as soon as passengers enter the airport. At kiosks near the baggage drop, passengers scan their boarding pass, passport, and finally their face. A gate opens up and passengers are then able to proceed to security. After security, and after reaching their gate, passengers must once again scan their boarding pass and take a picture of their face. Once their identity has been verified, they sit and wait for the boarding call. Then it’s straight onto the aircraft.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to the <em>Telegraph</em></a>, British budget airline easyJet just introduced the service at Gatwick Airport, and this is the first time it is being used on international flights from the U.K.</p><p>Earlier this year, British Airways began testing the facial scanning program at Orlando and Los Angeles airports. The airline will soon introduce similar systems at New York JFK and Miami airports. Self-boarding allows the airline to board 240 passengers in 10 minutes, <a href="" target="_blank">the airline said in a statement</a>. The technology can supposedly cut the time passengers wait to board in half.</p><p>The service is not wholly human-free, however. Airline staff are on hand to help with any technical issues that may pop up from using the kiosks.</p><p>Last year, <a href="" target="_blank">JetBlue launched a self-board test at Boston Logan</a>. <a href="" target="_blank">Delta tested a facial-scanning baggage drop</a> at Minneapolis airport around the same time.</p>
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Get 30% off Three-Night Stays at A New Five-Star Hotel in St. Barts

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 07:56
<p>St. Bart’s: 30 percent off a three or more night stay at the new <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Manapany</a>, a high-style eco-hotel on the quiet Anse des Cayes Beach. The airy villas and suites feature ocean views, playful pops of color, and tropical wood furnishings. </p><p>Manapany Summer Cool Down includes:</p>A minimum of three nights in an Ocean Deluxe room (upgrades available)American breakfast every morning of your stayTransfers to and from the airport<p>Original Price: From 550 euros (or $654 per night)</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From 385 euro (or $458 per night); book by July 15 for travel through December 23, 2018. </p><p>Booking details: Book over the phone (+ 590 590 27 52 12 ) or <a href="" target="_blank">online</a> with code T+L2018</p><p>Availability: Based upon availability. Blackout dates include Thanksgiving weekend.</p>
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Enjoy 30% off Stays at This Adults-Only Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 07:43
<p>Mexico: 30 percent off at the new <a href="" target="_blank">Reef 28</a>, a sophisticated adults-only resort near the bustling Quinta Avenida in Playa del Carmen. </p><p>Travel + Leisure Promotion includes:</p>One or more nights in a Junior or Master Suite<em> </em>All meals and beverages at select restaurants. Early check-in and late check-out based on availability<p>Original Price: From $135 per person per night, double, all-inclusive.</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $95 per person per night, double, all-inclusive; book by July 31 for travel through June 30, 2019.</p><p>Booking details: For reservations, enter the following <a href=";currency=USD&amp;aDate=&amp;dDate=&amp;showcalendar=Y&amp;showmon=01-JUL-18&amp;PC=TRY70120" target="_blank">link</a> or email <a href=""></a> and ask for the Travel + Leisure promotion.</p>
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Save 30% off a Three-Night Stay at a Sleek New Hotel in Montreal

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 07:29
<p>Montreal: 30 percent off <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Monville</a>, an edgy new boutique sleep with high-tech amenities (including a robot that delivers room service). </p><p>Monville Explore includes:</p>A minimum of three nights in a standard room Complimentary room upgrade upon availabilityLate 2 pm check-out on the day of departure<p>Original Price: From 289 CAD (or $224) per night</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From 202 CAD (or $156) per night; book by August 31 for travel for the month of August.</p><p>Booking details: Call reservations at 1 844-545-2001 or <a href="" target="_blank">book online</a> with promo code EXPLORE3.</p>
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A Boeing 737 Crashed Just After Takeoff in Havana

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 07:06
<p>On Friday, a Boeing 737 airliner with Cubana de Aviación, Cuba's largest national airline, <a href="" target="_blank">crashed</a> near José Martí International Airport in <a href="" target="_blank">Havana</a>, Cuban media reported.</p><p>According to the <a href="">BBC</a>, the flight was a national flight meant to travel from Havana to Holguín, on the eastern side of the island. The route typically takes about one hour and 20 minutes. The plane crashed soon after takeoff near a motorway and a high school in the Boyeros neighborhood, which is located next to the airport, according to <a href="">Airlive</a>.</p><p>Following the crash, <a href="">CNN</a> reported that witnesses could see a large fireball followed by “a towering plume of smoke,” which was visible from the airport. Furthermore, CNN noted, casualties have been reported. There were at least 104 people, possibly including the crew, onboard.</p><p>According to <a href="">NBC</a>, government officials, including President Miguel Díaz-Canel – who was just sworn in last month – rushed to the crash site. Witnesses in the area also told NBC they saw some survivors being taken away in ambulances.</p><p>The airline has been plagued with issues as of late. As CNN noted, in just the last few weeks Cubana de Aviación has been forced to ground a number of their aging planes due to safety issues. However, the cause of Friday’s crash is still unknown.</p><p><em>Update:</em></p><p>The Cuban state-run newspaper <em>Granma </em>reported Friday that just three people of the 104 on board survived the crash. All three were rushed to an area hospital in critical condition.</p><p>The aircraft was owned and operated by the Mexican company Global Air, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Washington Post</em></a> reported. In a statement Boeing said, “We are aware of news reports out of Cuba and are closely monitoring the situation.”</p><p>Now, the investigation into why the crash occurred will begin. If the Cuban government chooses it can invite both the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. As<em> The Washington Post </em>explained, it is often routine for the agencies to assist investigations anywhere in the world when a U.S.-made plane crashes.</p><p><i>This is a developing story. </i></p>
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Late Passenger Sprints Across Tarmac, Tries to Open Door of the Wrong Plane (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 06:31
<p>A man was arrested in Melbourne, Australia on Thursday after running across the airport tarmac and pounding on an aircraft door in an attempt to make his flight.</p><p>The man showed up at the Jetstar gate for his flight but was too late. Gate agents told the man that the plane had already left. <a href="" target="_blank">Witnesses at the airport said</a> the man lit up a cigarette and, in a desperate attempt to make his 9:30 a.m. flight to Adelaide, he knocked over a computer, pushed down airport employees, and burst out of the airport doors. He ran across the tarmac and up a flight of stairs, where he tried to rip open the door of the airplane. But it was not even his plane.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">This Is the First Thing You Should Do If You Miss Your Flight</a></p><p>“We were sitting waiting to get on the flight and people went, ‘Oh my God, what is going on?’” passenger Susannah Murray <a href="" target="_blank">told the <em>Daily Beast</em></a>.</p><p>The flight the man was attempting to board was headed to Sydney, not Adelaide.</p><p>Two crew members were able to restrain the man <a href="" target="_blank">until police arrived</a>.</p><p>“This behavior is unacceptable and we have placed an immediate ban on this passenger traveling on all Jetstar and Qantas flights,” a Jetstar spokesperson said in a statement.</p><p>The Sydney-bound flight was delayed for an hour as engineers inspected the aircraft for damage.</p><p>Desperate times call for desperate measures and this man is far from the first person who has attempted to run to his flight. In August 2016, a man at Madrid’s Barajas Airport sprinted across the tarmac to catch his flight. In a surprise twist, <a href="" target="_blank">that man was allowed to board his flight</a> — though let it be known this is not an advisable strategy. </p>
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How to Watch the Royal Wedding — and What Time to Tune In

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 06:07
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding day</a> is nearly here. There are just hours to go until these two tie the knot in the biggest wedding of the year, which means it’s time for all of us mere commoners to get prepared. Here are all the details on how you can watch the royal wedding, no matter where you are.</p><h2>What time does the royal wedding start?</h2><p>Meghan and Harry’s wedding begins this Saturday, May 19, at noon London time, which means it will be an early morning for American fans. If you're watching from the U.S., you’ll have to be up and in front of a T.V. or computer by 7 a.m. Eastern, 4 a.m. Pacific.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Rumor Has It Prince Harry Is Planning a Wild Wedding After-party for His 'Inner Circle'</a></p><h2>How can I watch the royal wedding on T.V.?</h2><p>Nearly every major cable outlet is expected to air the event, so really you can play remote roulette, pick just about any channel, and be safe.</p><p>But, to make it more interesting, you could tune into some of the pre-wedding coverage on channels like NBC and CNN, or have even more laughs by watching HBO’s wedding special hosted by <a href="" target="_blank">Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon</a>.</p><p>Looking for on-the-scene fashion coverage? <a href="" target="_blank">Tune into E!</a>, where Giuliana Rancic will be on hand to lead a panel of experts in discussions about everyone’s attire.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have Chosen Their Bridesmaids and Page Boys</a></p><img alt="Prince Harry and Meghan Markle engagement photos "src=""><h2>How can I watch the royal wedding online if I don't have cable?</h2><p>A number of outlets will be streaming the wedding, including <a href="" target="_blank"><em>PeopleTV</em></a>, <em><a href="" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>,</em> and <em>BBC</em>. ABC will also show its five-hour special on <a href="" target="_blank"></a> beginning at 5 a.m. EST. Additionally, Reuters will stream the wedding at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, and on its iOS and Android apps, Roku, Fire TV, and Apple TV.</p><h2>Where can I watch the royal wedding in Windsor?</h2><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">BBC</a>, the town of Windsor has set up several viewing areas along the wedding’s procession route. Though, <a href="" target="_blank">if you’re there</a> you may want to find your spot early to ensure a good viewing location.</p><p>Big-screen T.V.s are also being set up to show live footage of the wedding on the Long Walk and in <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Alexandra Gardens</a> in Windsor.</p><p>At 1 p.m. local time, Meghan and Harry will then travel through the town in an Ascot Landau carriage. The carriage will leave Castle Hill, travel through Windsor, and proceed up the Long Walk.</p><img alt="Announcement Of Prince Harry's Engagement To Meghan Markle "src=""><h2>What time will royal wedding guests arrive at Windsor Castle?</h2><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Telegraph</a></em>, the more than <a href="" target="_blank">2,000 members of the public</a> who were invited to watch from the grounds of Windsor Castle will begin to arrive from 9 a.m. local time.</p><p>Other wedding guests are expected to arrive between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. by coach. At 11:20 a.m. the members of the royal family will arrive. At 11:55 a.m. the Queen will arrive. She will be the last person to arrive at the church before Meghan.</p><p>Finally, at 11:59 a.m. Meghan will pull up to the church to meet her prince charming. At 12, their wedding will begin. By 1 p.m. the service will be over and the couple will make their way to their procession.</p><h2>How can I stay up to date on the latest royal wedding news?</h2><p>You’ve come to the right place! Stay tuned to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Travel + Leisure</a></em>'s royal wedding section all morning long for everything royal wedding related. And don't forget to read up on <a href="" target="_blank">Harry and Meghan's royal honeymoon location</a>, too. </p>
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Your Airline Seat Could Soon Be Able to Disinfect Itself and Give You a Massage

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 16:55
<p>Airplane seats have been known to harbor everything from <a href=";isAllowed=y" target="_blank">bacteria</a> to <a href="" target="_blank">bedbugs</a>, but one company is working on seats that would be able to disinfect themselves.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Recaro Aircraft Seating</a>, which designs seats for airlines like Alaska Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Singapore Airlines, is working on business class seats with a disinfectant that would keep them clean throughout each flight. This disinfectant would be able to wipe out almost every germ on the seat within seconds, the company’s CEO, Mark Hiller, <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>Bloomberg</em></a>.</p><p>The seats will include anti-bacterial coating to help protect passengers from the bacteria found lurking on seats and on plastic surfaces near the seats, like tray tables. Since the bacteria-killing coating is so thin, it won’t impact the weight of the seats. </p><p>Besides focusing on self-cleaning capabilities, the company is also looking to stock its seats with “wellbeing features” that would enable passengers to adjust the temperature and turn on massage settings in-flight.</p><p>This could work similarly to the company’s <a href="" target="_blank">CL6710</a> business class seats. Recaro engineers created an app for these seats to allow passengers to control settings straight from their personal devices.</p><p>While specific customized features will vary depending on each airline's desires, the seats will also be able to show crew when tables are stowed and when the backrest is upright to make take-off and landing quicker, while sensors could help predict backaches and the physical condition of passengers to help crew adapt their service to meet passengers' needs. </p><p>The company hopes to launch its new seats within the next one to two years, Hiller told T+L, though timing will also depend on the features various Recaro clients request.</p><p>As <a href="" target="_blank">flights continue to get longer</a>, several other manufacturers and companies have been looking for ways to bring cleaner planes to the skies. </p><p>In 2016, <a href="" target="_blank">Boeing</a> unveiled self-cleaning lavatories that disinfect themselves after each use. <a href="" target="_blank">GermFalcon</a> currently has several domestic airlines testing out its UVC Airplane Sanitizer — a battery-powered device that can roll down aisles and kill 99.99 percent of germs in under 10 minutes using UV-C lamps — co-founder and president Elliot Kreitenberg told T+L. </p><p>If you want to tackle your concern with cleanliness right now, or if business class isn't in the budget, here's a tip: booking <a href="" target="_blank">early flights</a> can expose you to fewer germs, since airlines are more likely to wipe down seats and tray tables overnight.</p>
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You Can Play With Adorable Cats All Day on This Hawaiian Island

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 12:32
<p>The purr-fect Hawaiian vacation doesn't involve the beach.</p><p>While white sands and fruity drinks are fun, there are lots of other things to do while visiting the Hawaiian islands that can do a lot of good, like visiting the island of Lanai’s cat sanctuary.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Lanai Cat Sanctuary</a>, only a “tail’s wag” from the Lanai Airport, hosts nearly 600 former street cats on a gorgeous property that attracts more than 10,000 visitors a year. The open-air space — where the cats can run, play, nap and generally do whatever they like all day — is a feline paradise.</p><img alt="Lanai Cat Sanctuary "src=""><p>The sanctuary is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day, and the kitties definitely appreciate the visitors' attention. Many of the cats are adult or senior, and all of them are available for adoption. If a cat isn’t adopted, it can live out its days at the sanctuary.</p><p>The organization started as a project to sterilize Lanai’s street cats to control overpopulation. In 2009, the group moved the cats to its current site and established itself as a nonprofit. The sanctuary also protects endangered birds, but don’t worry, the cats don’t chase them around.</p><img alt="Lanai Cat Sanctuary "src=""><p>The sanctuary is pretty easy to get to, although it does involve some <a href="" target="_blank">navigating without street signs</a>.</p><img alt="Lanai Cat Sanctuary "src=""><p>There is no admission fee to go to the sanctuary, but they do accept donations. And of course, if you fall in love with a cat, you can choose to adopt or foster it, even if you live out of state.</p>
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Visit the Real Locations Behind Jurassic Park for the Film’s 25th Anniversary

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 12:01
<p>Hold onto your butts.</p><p>In honor of <a href="" target="_blank">Jurassic Park</a>’s 25-year anniversary, you can explore the real-life places where the movie was filmed.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The New Jurassic World Ride Will Make Chris Pratt a Theme Park Icon</a></p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">St. Regis Princeville Resort</a> in Kauai, Hawaii, is offering an exclusive day tour for its guests which visits some of the filming locations of Jurassic Park.</p><img alt="The St. Regis Princeville Resort, Jurassic Park, Jurassic Falls "src=""><p>The tour is led by Angela Tillson, a film location manager, who has worked on numerous blockbusters, including Jurassic Park. The island of Kauai is known as the “Garden Isle” for its verdant landscapes and colorful vistas, making it a perfect place to film any and all tropical scenes. Those who partake in the tour will visit the island’s most cinematogenic and famous spots.</p><img alt="The St. Regis Princeville Resort, Jurassic Park Kipu Ranch "src=""><p>Tillson leads the tour around Kauai, including a stop at Kipu Ranch, where guests mount an ATV tour to iconic movie locations. The tour also includes an exclusive stop to <a href="" target="_blank">Manawaiopuna Falls</a>, sometimes called “Jurassic Falls.” The waterfall is privately owned and is only accessible with a helicopter charter, just <a href="" target="_blank">as seen in the movie</a>.</p><img alt="The St. Regis Princeville Resort, Jurassic Park "src=""><p>The tour also stops by locations where “<a href="" target="_blank">Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark</a>,” “<a href="" target="_blank">The Descendants</a>,” and “<a href="" target="_blank">Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides</a>” were filmed.</p><p>At the end of the day, the cinema adventures don’t stop. Guests who wish to keep the movie theme going can book a stay in the St. Regis Princeville Resort’s Presidential Suite, <a href="" target="_blank">where George Clooney shot The Descendants</a>.</p><img alt="The St. Regis Princeville Resort, Jurassic Park "src=""><p>The day-long movie set tour experience runs through September 30 and costs $5,674 for two people.</p>
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Castles and Wine Make the French Countryside the Most Exquisite Place to Take a Road Trip

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 11:31
<p>“You do not have chateau in America?” a young French innkeeper asks as she escorts my fiancé and me onto the grounds of <a href="" target="_blank">La Ballue</a>, a petite (for a mansion) restored chateau nestled between Brittany and Normandy. The innkeeper seems shocked that the country that produced the Beyoncé, the Kardashians, and endless industry heirs of the world can be without such historic, opulent splendor.</p><p>But alas, after two days of driving through the Loire Valley, a hub of the two greatest human creations, wine and castles and ogling the Disney-esque historic homes, I can assure you that the entirety of North America lacks this level of, well, magic. You can call the obscene homes built by industry moguls (watch “<a href="" target="_blank">Queen of Versailles</a>” on Netflix) whatever you want, but they’re not chateaus. And beyond California’s Hearst Castle (a baby, at 99-years-young), Asheville’s Biltmore Estate (a lavish recreation of Europe’s true chateaus), and the Medieval Times restaurants strewn throughout major cities, the U.S. is verifiably castle-free.</p><p>France, however, is littered with chateaus, built as country retreats for royalty and their extended family. And while some of the centuries-old chateaus did crumble with the French monarchy — while in France I was told the sad story of an unemployed middle aged Parisian who can’t afford to upkeep his family’s chateau — many remain preserved for tourists to visit or even sleep and dine in.</p><img alt="Royal Castle Château d'Amboise, view of the Royal residence from the Naples Terrace Renaissance garden "src=""><p>On the farmland-surrounded highways, instead of advertising chain restaurants, billboards illustrate the nearest castles to visit. Enchanting names like Château d'Azay-le-Rideau, Château d'Amboise, and Château de Beauregard encourage you to take a mini detour more than flashy golden arches ever could.</p><p>A two-day mini-trip from <a href="" target="_blank">Paris</a> would be long enough to dip into the Loire Valley’s rich heritage of opulent castles and fantastic wine, but if you really want to French it up, slowly progress through the sleepy towns, eating hours-long Michelin-starred meals (or equally slow, cheaper options at pizzerias and neighborhood joints in the small villages), swishing wine in tasting rooms, and strolling through dozens of castles.</p><p>Plus, the excellent wine harvested, fermented and bottled in the valley is available on the cheap at restaurants in the entire region, who pride themselves on creating cuisine that pairs with the elegant varietals that make the region world famous. Most castles have picnic areas, so you can pop a bottle and eat baguettes, cheese, and charcuterie on a blanket under the shadow of a castle’s towers.</p><p>There is an interactive <a href="" target="_blank">Loire Valley Wine Map</a> as well as a <a href="" target="_blank">route of major Chateaux</a> to help you plan driving a tour of the region, but as you gear up for a castle and wine-fueled wine trip, be sure to add these highlights to your itinerary.</p><img alt="Vineyard. Domaine du Closel, Savennieres, Loire, France "src=""><p>For a castle and wine duo, head to <a href="" target="_blank">Domaine du Closel</a>, a family-owned vineyard and chateau dating back to 1495. A rich heritage of female winemakers running the centuries-old business adds a unique history to this property in the heart of Savennieres, which offers the Grand Cru grapes of the region. Self-guided tours of the estate and gardens cost 4€, May through October, and are free the rest of the year. Guided tours are available in the summer and wine tastings are offered year-round.</p><p>If you’re into sparkling wine, stop into <a href="" target="_blank">Ackerman Cellars,</a> which dates back to 1811 and offers guided cellar tours as well as tastings. A full-on museum experience certainly feels more touristy than say, dropping into a petite <em>maison</em> in the countryside, but at least opening hours and guaranteed and you can delve into some in-depth facts about the Loire Valley’s winemaking history.</p><p>Appease those who may prefer a more geologically-minded vacation by heading into <a href="" target="_blank">Les Caves De Pere Auguste</a>, where white, rose, red and sparkling wines can be tasted in rustic troglodyte caves. Tastings are 3€, the cost of which is deducted from the purchase of two bottles, which can also be shipped back to the states, should you not want to carry all that wine around.</p><img alt="Castle of Chenonceau is located near the small village of Chenonceaux on the Loire Valley in France "src=""><p>One of the most iconic castles of the Loire Valley, <a href="" target="_blank">Château de Chenonceau</a> straddles a tributary of the Loire River, making the reflections of its white stone exterior and dramatic turrets even more extraordinary. Several gardens surrounding the Renaissance building, as well as a picnic area and upscale restaurants, <a href="" target="_blank">L’Orangerie</a>, make the expansive property easy to spend an entire day in, though highlights can be seen in a few hours. Pre-download <a href="" target="_blank">Cenonceau’s app</a> for self-guided tours and other practical information. Tickets to tour the property are purchased on site, and <a href="" target="_blank">wine tastings inside the Chateau’s 16th-century vaulted wine cellar</a> are available to walk-ins.</p><img alt="Chambord Chateau reflected in the canal as a family sails by in a boat "src=""><p>Straight out of a fairy tale, <a href="" target="_blank">Château de Chambord</a> is the most Disney-like castle in the Loire Valley and is said to have inspired the palace in “Beauty and the Beast.” Those fearing a visit to Versailles due to the crowds may prefer this opulent mansion, which has its own pre-revolutionary lavish touches by Louis XIV (like gold-adorned sleeping quarters for when he visited the country estate, plus a stable for 1200 horses on the property). Over 400 rooms, nearly 300 larger-than-life fireplaces and a double-helix staircase characterize Chambord, which is surrounded by lush gardens and a protective moat.</p><img alt="Château de Villandry ornamental gardens "src=""><p>The last Renaissance castle to be built in the Loire Valley, don’t let <a href="" target="_blank">Château de Villandry</a>’s younger sibling status deter you. Open year-round and known for its incredible gardens (both decorative and functional, for the kitchen), this former country retreat is one of France’s most-visited castles. Rooms are restored and fully furnished with 18th- and 19th-century relics and artwork, making it easy to envision yourself living in this luxe estate — why not?</p>
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Flying From NYC to L.A. in Under 3 Hours Just Got One Step Closer to Becoming a Reality

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 11:13
<p>NASA is continuing its work to help high-speed <a href="" target="_blank">supersonic</a><a href="" target="_blank"> flights</a> make a comeback. </p><p>This November, the agency will start testing the public’s reaction to the sounds of supersonic travel as they gear up to introduce the new Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator (LBFD) aircraft, which promises <a href="" target="_blank">to transport</a> passengers from New York City to Los Angeles in less than three hours. </p><p>The tests, which will take place in <a href="" target="_blank">Galveston, Texas,</a> will give NASA a chance to see how the public takes to the noise levels of supersonic flights. </p><p>Researchers will use an F-18 fighter jet to simulate the sounds they expect from the LBFD, launching the aircraft up in the air before it dives 49,000 feet, when it will go supersonic. NASA will then use data from the test flights to develop the noise standards for future flights.</p><p>This recent announcement coupled with NASA’s <a href="" target="_blank">announced last month</a> that the LBFD is now being constructed for completion by 2021 signals the continued move towards making <a href="" target="_blank">supersonic travel</a> a reality once again. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Why Transatlantic Flights Keep Getting Faster</a></p><p>The agency plans to complete a series of these community response data tests and deliver the information to the Federal Aviation Administration and the International Civil Aviation Organization so they can develop new rules regarding the sound levels that currently prohibit supersonic flights over land by 2025. </p>
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Don't Even Bother Showing up at the Beach Without a Harry or Meghan Swimsuit This Summer

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 11:00
<p>Sure, there are a few souvenirs coming out of <a href="" target="_blank">Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding</a> that are worth picking up, like the <a href="" target="_blank">royal tea cups, mugs, and plates</a>. However, some so-called collectibles are taking things a bit further, like these bathing suits showcasing Meghan and Harry’s faces.</p><p>The swimsuits, created by <a href="" target="_blank">Bags of Love</a>, feature the royals' faces stretched from top to bottom across the suit. “This gorgeous one-piece is flattering on any figure," the site says. We guess that's one way to look at it.</p><p>Sure, the suit itself seems to be a flattering enough cut, but the photo of Harry emblazoned across the front is … well, a lot. But Bags of Love's intentions are good, according to their public relations manager, Ekaterina Vankova. “Based here, in London, we fully support [the] royal heir,” she told <em><a href="" target="_blank">HuffPost</a></em>. “We also believe our choice of placement [for] Harry’s beard reflects our thoughts on accepting the body too, on accepting who you are.”</p><p>If Harry and Meghan aren't your cup of tea, the <a href="" target="_blank">royal couple swimsuits</a> are just an example of how the company can customize a suit using any photo you desire. (So yes, you can get that Prince Charles suit you've been silently wishing for.)</p><p>“Nothing like printing the face of a Prince or Duchess on a swimming costume and rocking it proudly on the beach,” Vankova said. </p><p>Here’s how it works: Customers upload their own photos — be it a royal face or their own face— then simply click “purchase.” According to Bags of Love, it takes about two days for a suit to be made and shipped right to your door. So really, if you ordered right now, you could have it in time for their <a href="" target="_blank">wedding on May 19</a> for about $51. A small price to pay to feel like royalty. </p>
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Meghan Markle's Sister Was Injured in a Car Crash Allegedly Caused by Paparazzi (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 09:19
<p>Things just keep getting worse for Meghan Markle and her family in the <a href="" target="_blank">days before the royal wedding</a>. </p><p>On Thursday, Samantha Markle, Meghan’s older half-sister, was hospitalized after she reportedly broke her ankle and fractured her knee in a car crash.</p><p>According to Samantha’s boyfriend Mark, who spoke to <em><a href="" target="_blank">TMZ</a>,</em> the accident happened as the paparazzi were chasing them through the streets of Florida.</p><p>Mark told <em>TMZ </em>a photographer veered in front of them as he attempted to get a clear photograph of the pair. Mark then swerved to the left in an attempt to avoid the photographer, but hit a concrete barrier instead.</p><p>Mark added that the maneuver caused Samantha to hit the windshield and fall onto the floor mat below. He said the photographer then fled the scene.</p><p>Samantha is not invited to the royal wedding. She, along with Meghan’s half-brother and extended family, have been <a href="" target="_blank">extremely vocal in the press</a> about their missing invites. However, while they weren’t invited, one person who was sent an invitation will sadly not be present: Meghan’s father, Thomas.</p><p>In early May, Kensington Palace announced that <a href="" target="_blank">Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle</a>, would indeed be a part of the couple’s wedding day. At the event, the palace said, he would walk his daughter down the aisle.</p><p>However, just days before the wedding, Thomas announced he would no longer take part in the wedding. Then, one day after that announcement he said he would actually try to attend as he wanted to be “<a href="" target="_blank">a part of history.</a>” However, just one day after that second announcement, Thomas said he had to officially back out due to a heart condition, which required emergency surgery.</p><p>“Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health,” Meghan said <a href="" target="_blank">via a statement released by Kensington Palace</a>. “I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday.”</p>
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You Can Book Your Dream European Vacation Right Now for As Low As $200 Round-trip

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 08:24
<p>If you’re dreaming about your next <a href="" target="_blank">European</a> getaway, now is the time to book your flights as a variety of airlines are offering deals that will get you there for as little as $200 round-trip.</p><p>The deals, which you can find using <a href="*./m/02_286.2018-06-06;c:USD;e:1;sd:1;t:h" target="_blank">Google Flights</a>, are available from several U.S. cities — including <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Boston</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">San Francisco</a> — to many popular stops in Europe, from Copenhagen to London. </p><p>Iberia is currently offering $265 round-trip flights from Boston to Barcelona in October, November, and January of 2019, while TAP Air is offering $373 round-trip flights from New York City to Barcelona in November, January, and February. </p><p>You can also fly from Newark, N.J. to Paris for $275 round-trip in December with <a href="" target="_blank">Primera Air</a>, and from Boston to Paris for $306 round-trip in October and for $318 round-trip in December and January with Norwegian Air.</p><p>West Coast travelers can fly from San Francisco to Paris for $390 round-trip, from San Francisco to Copenhagen for $358 round-trip, and from Los Angeles to Copenhagen for $390 round-trip. </p><p>Los Angeles-based fliers can also head to London for $401 round-trip in December, when the city's famed Christmas markets come alive. </p><p>There are also low-cost flights from Boston to London for $330 round-trip from December through March 2019 with Norwegian Air, and for $360 round-trip from New York City in June, November, December, and January with Primera Air.</p><p>For a last-minute trip, you can also book $200 round-trip flights from New York City to Iceland and $320 round-trip flights from New York City to Dublin in June. </p>
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The Royal Family's Former Chef Reveals the Main Difference Between Harry and Meghan's Tastes in Food

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 07:55
<p>The royal wedding day is fast approaching. On Saturday, after months of anticipation, <a href="" target="_blank">Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry in St George’s Chapel</a> at Windsor Castle.</p><p>We already know quite a few details about the day: <a href="" target="_blank">who will perform</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">who won’t attend</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">how the “inner circle” will celebrate after</a>.</p><p>We don’t know exactly what the newlywed royal couple will serve to their guests — but former royal chef Darren McGrady told <i>Travel + Leisure</i> what to expect.</p><p>After the ceremony, 600 guests will attend a standing reception with passed appetizers and bowls, perhaps something like poke. McGrady said that this will be “a great chance for Meghan to pass around her quinoa” and show off her preference for healthy eating. But Harry may choose to highlight the food of his country with this menu.</p><p>“Harry loves all the nursery foods,” McGrady said, “the traditional British foods and the things like shepherd’s pie.” Particularly those that use lamb from Highgrove Estate (owned by Prince Philip).</p><p>Royal chefs refused to reveal exactly what will appear on this weekend’s menu, but McGrady said that their job is to try to showcase local cuisine from England. “We always tried to do it seasonally,” McGrady said. “We also tried to include dishes from the royal estates, whether it’s venison from Sandringham or growl from Von Moral, or the peaches from Windsor.”</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">The head chef of the royal household</a> revealed that some of the produce on the menu was taken directly from Her Majesty the Queen's Estate at Windsor.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">When it comes time to cut the cake</a>, Meghan has chosen to serve a “sponge cake with elderflower and lemon and cream cheese frosting,” McGrady said. But perhaps there will be a secret treat for Harry somewhere on the dessert table as well. According to the chef, Harry’s favorite dessert is caramel banana cake.</p><p>A separate dinner — catered by an outside company and paid for by Prince Charles — will be held at Frogmore Estate in the evening.</p>
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