Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding is set to take place on the 19th of May at St George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle. As the date fast approaches, Kensington Palace has released new details to the public about the happy affair.
“Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle are hugely grateful for the many good wishes they have received since announcing their engagement,’’ Kensington Palace has said. “They are very much looking forward to the day and to being able to share their celebrations with the public.’’
Below, we take a look at everything we know about the big day so far.
1/ When & Where
The royal wedding will take place on May 19th 2018, at St George’s Chapel, inside the walls of Windsor Castle west of London. Kensington Palace has confirmed that immediately after the ceremony, Prince Harry and Meghan will complete an open carriage ride through the surrounding streets, which they are encouraging the public to attend.
“They hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day,’’ Kensington Palace said.
After the carriage ride, the newlywed couple and their guests will retreat to a reception at St George’s Hall, a state room inside Windsor Castle.
The update also confirms that Prince Charles will host an after-party for his son and new daughter-in-law in the evening, after the official reception.
“Later that evening, The Prince of Wales will give a private evening reception for the couple and their close friends and family,’’ Kensington Palace confirmed.
2/ Who’s marrying them
Kensington Palace confirms that the Dean of Windsor, the Right Reverend David Conner, will conduct the ceremony, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Right Honourable Justin Welby, will officiate. The service will be held at midday.
3/ Who's invited
Kensington Palace confirmed that the reception would have up to 800 guests in attendance, though this number are not expected to attend the ceremony. Reported guests include Sir Elton John, Barack and Michelle Obama, The Beckham family, Priyanka Chopra and Meghan's Suits co-stars.
4/ Meghan will give a speech
The Times reports that the Suits star will give an "affectionate" speech at her wedding reception. "She wants to have the chance to thank her husband and everyone who has supported them," a source told the Times. "Harry thinks it's a great idea."
5/ Meghan Will Have A Maid Of Honour
Once again bucking royal tradition, Meghan is due to have a maid of honour in place of the traditional 'head bridesmaid' that accompanies a bride at a royal wedding. The palace is yet to confirm who will be Meghan's MOH.
Stay tuned for more details as the happy day fast approaches!