Thunder likely during the Royal Wedding

Thunder, lighting and strong winds could all dampen Prince William and Kate Middleton’s big day, according to weather experts.

The predictions favour those who booked venues for hire in London, and chose to stay at home to watch the nuptials – as forecasters warned that “rumblings of thunder” are likely.

Aisling Creevey, a forecaster at MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: “It is looking at the moment that there are going to be quite brisk north-easterly winds, showers and possibly a few rumblings of thunder – that’s sneaking into the charts at the moment.”

“We wouldn’t rule out the odd lightning strike as well,” she added.

However, the bride and groom are prepared for the worst. There is a glass coach on standby should the weather throw off plans to carry the couple from Westminster Abbey in an open-top 1902 State Landau.

Despite this, rainfall might be devastating for the Prince and country, following the scorching Easter weekend seen in the UK. This saw the hottest day in April for more than 60 years, according to the Daily Mail.

Creevey continued to advise that an increase of sunshine on the day could actually prompt heavier showers, and bookmakers are even taking bets about weather on the big day.