The Latest: French snap up souvenirs before UK royal wedding

WINDSOR, England (AP) — The Latest on royal wedding preparations (all times local):

3:50 p.m.

The French may have overthrown their own monarchy more than two hundred years ago but for some there remains a fascination for the trappings of the royal experience.

French admirers of the British royal family were getting ready Friday for the wedding between Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle, with shops selling merchandise seeing brisk sales in recent days.

The Franco-British owner of the “British Shop” in Paris’ posh 16th district, Chantal Laserre, said customers have been rushing in to get souvenirs to mark the event. Laserre says “there’s an interest for this wedding because she is Catholic and she is divorced and she is American. It’s a big change in the royal family.”

Fresh out of Harry-and-Meghan dish towels, she was frustrated that she didn’t order more in advance.

All French news channels and other major television channels TF1, France 2, M6 will broadcast the wedding ceremony live on today.

2 p.m.

British police are manning barricades and patrolling the grounds around Windsor Castle as authorities take on the massive security operation for the wedding between Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle.

The barricades are in place to deter attackers using vehicles, such as the one on Westminster Bridge in London last year. Sniffer dogs and mounted patrols also are out and about.

The Thames Valley Police say guests and spectators will be subject to airport-style security scanners and bag searches.

Royal fans also are being asked not to throw confetti, particularly during the procession, for police say “it poses a potential security risk and it’s a bit of a pain to clean up!”

Tens of thousands of spectators are expected in the town west of London for the newlyweds’ carriage ride route after their wedding today.

12:45 p.m.

Royal wedding fans camped outside Windsor Castle have expressed happy surprise that Prince Charles plans to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle during her marriage to Prince Harry.

The fans decked out in the national colors of Britain and the United States had expected Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, to do it.

Roseline Morris, a 35-year-old from Basildon, points out that Charles doesn’t have a daughter. “So he’s never going to get the chance to walk a daughter down the aisle, so this will be nice for him as well.” she says. “I imagine he’ll be feeling very proud.”

Sylvia Horn, 61, from Nashville, calls the decision “wonderful.”

She adds that “I fully approve since Charles is going to be her father-in-law.”

11 a.m.

Buckingham Palace says the Duke of Edinburgh will attend the royal wedding — just a few weeks after undergoing a hip replacement operation.

The palace confirmed Friday that Prince Philip would attend the wedding today between American actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

The 96-year-old Philip has largely retired from public duties and it had not been clear whether he would be feeling well enough to attend.

Queen Elizabeth II’s husband made his first public appearance since the April 13 surgery at the Royal Windsor Horse Show earlier this month.

10:05 a.m.

Kensington Palace says Prince Charles will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle at the royal wedding.

The father of groom Prince Harry stepped in after Markle’s dad fell ill days before the wedding and was unable to fly to Britain.

Markle appealed for people to give Thomas Markle “the space he needs to focus on his health” amid reports he had had a heart procedure.

The palace said Friday that Markle’s future father-in-law, the heir to the British throne, would walk Markle down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor today. The palace says he “is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to the Royal Family in this way.”

9:55 a.m.

As Queen Elizabeth II prepares to meet Meghan Markle’s mother before the actress’ wedding to Prince Harry, one commoner who married into the family is offering a bit of advice: Just relax.

Mike Tindall, the former captain of the England rugby team, says the royal family welcomed him with open arms when he married the queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips in 2011.

Tindall told ITV that family members can spot it easily when people are nervous.

He says they will “go straight over and take away all of that tension straight out of the room, and that’s what they are amazing at. Then suddenly you’re in the family and they welcome you.”

9:10 a.m.

The big day is nearly here.

Well-wishers are camped out, deliveries are arriving and a large security operation is in place a day before the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

In a break from the care with which royal events are normally planned, some of the wedding details are still being worked out. Markle has yet to reveal who will accompany her down the aisle, after her father decided not to attend for health reasons.

The bookies suggest Markle’s mother may have the honor, but there also been speculation that one of her closest friends, Soho House director Markus Anderson, could step in to replace Thomas Markle, a reclusive former TV lighting director who touched off a scandal after allegedly being caught staging photographs with the paparazzi.