May 19, 2018

By the numbers: The royal wedding

Flags bearing the image of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

On Saturday morning, Prince Harry wed U.S. actress and activist, Meghan Markle in a wedding estimated to cost, in total, more than $40 million.

The big picture: The average wedding in Britain comes out to under $40,000, CNBC reports. But this is no average wedding, with almost $700,000 spent on food and drinks alone.

The royal wedding, by the numbers:
  • Around 600 guests were invited to the service on Saturday, per The Sun.
  • 2,640 other guests — members of the public — have been invited to participate in the celebration on Windsor grounds.
  • Meghan's ring weighs an estimated 6.5 carats, Time reports.
    • If the ring has perfect diamonds, it could cost between $300,000-$350,000. If the diamonds used are mid-range, it's likely closer to $35,000-$40,000.
  • $3.5 million is being spent by the municipal government in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to clean up litter, "pigeon-proofing statues and fixing potholes in the borough's roads, among others things," CNN reports.
  • More than 100,000 people will be in Windsor, the New York Post's Page Six reports.
    • Over 30,000 signatures are on a petition demanding that the government disclose how much taxpayer money is being put towards the event, CNBC reports.
  • There has been a 50% surge in searches for trips to London between May 11 and May 21, per Time.
    • Locals are trying to get out: there was a 98% surge in searches for trips out out London.
  • Hotel prices in Windsor are up 11%; towns in the surrounding area saw a 45% spike in searches.
  • The first ever African-American presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church will be giving the address at the wedding, Michael Bruce Curry from Chicago.

Go deeper

U.S. coronavirus updates: Majority of governors order residents to stay home

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

At least 28 state governors have ordered their residents to stay home to promote social distancing and limit community spread from the coronavirus pandemic as the U.S. copes with more than 144,000 positive cases — more than any other country in the world, per Johns Hopkins data.

The big picture: COVID-19 killed over 2,500 people in the U.S. by Monday. That's far fewer than in Italy, where over 10,700 people have died — accounting for a third of the global death toll. The number of people who've recovered from the virus in the U.S. exceeded 4,800.

Go deeperArrowUpdated 4 mins ago - Health

Maryland becomes latest state to issue coronavirus stay-at-home order

Gov. Larry Hogan. Photo: Jim Spellman/Getty Images

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday he is ordering residents to stay at home effective 8 p.m. due to the coronavirus, except for those engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions.

The big picture: Maryland is the latest state to announce policies to enforce social distancing, which have affected almost 250 million Americans. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide had been asked to stay home as of last week.

Go deeperArrowUpdated 33 mins ago - Health

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 741,030 — Total deaths: 35,305 — Total recoveries: 156,838.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 143,532 — Total deaths: 2,572 — Total recoveries: 4,865.
  3. Federal government latest: The White House will extend its social distancing guidelines until April 30 — Hospital ship the USNS Comfort arrives in Manhattan
  4. Public health updates: — White House COVID-19 response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said the 100,000 to 200,000 U.S. coronavirus death toll estimate is based on the presumption that citizens follow social-distancing guidelines "almost perfectly."
  5. Business latest: Macy's will furlough the majority of it's workers this week, as the chain's stores remain closed.
  6. 🎧 Podcast: Living with the coronavirus
  7. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

Subscribe to Mike Allen's Axios AM to follow our coronavirus coverage each morning from your inbox.