THE streets of Blackburn with Darwen will be empty of celebrations for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials.

The couple will tie the knot on Saturday but the occasion does not seem to have had the same galvanising effect on communities as William and Kate’s wedding in 2011

Across East Lancashire seven years ago there were 61 official street parties where road closure orders had been obtained by residents honouring William and Kate.

Seven of those took place in streets across Blackburn with Darwen.

But for the forthcoming wedding, Blackburn with Darwen Council says there are no road closures in place to allow official street parties to go ahead.

The nation did get an extra bank holiday for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding - and Harry and Meghan’s big day also clashes with the FA Cup Final, as well as the start of Ramadan.

Last time around, hundreds of people attended a street party on New Bank Road, Blackburn,  organised by members of the Muslim community with magic shows, children’s games, a live rock band, as well as food, bunting - and community leaders in stocks.

Prince Harry and Miss Markle have said they want the public to feel part of the celebrations.

In addition to a carriage procession, they have invited 2,640 people into the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the arrivals of wedding guests and to watch the procession as it leaves.

 The couple will be married by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in a midday ceremony, taking place in St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

They will then travel through the streets of Windsor in a carriage. 

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has advised spectators hoping to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle  to plan ahead.

Visitors will be able to watch the newlyweds’ carriage procession from Castle Hill, High Street, Sheet Street, Kings Road, Albert Road or the Long Walk, it said.

Road closures along the procession route through the town centre will begin at 10pm on Friday May 18, with additional closures from 6am on the day of the wedding.