The countdown to the royal wedding is nearly over!
In less than a day, the world will watch as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle come together in holy matrimony at one of the most highly anticipated royal weddings of the century. Since the announcement of the couple’s engagement six months ago, everyone has wondered how the royal wedding will unfold and we’re here to put your mind at ease. From the ceremony to the flowers, gifts and music, here’s everything you need to know.
The ceremony will take place Saturday, May 19, 2018, at noon in the St. Georges Chapel at Windsor Castle, making it the sixteenth royal wedding to take place in the venue since 1863. Along with 600 lucky guests invited, 15-year-old Canadian, Faith Dickinson from Peterborough, Ontario, will attend thanks to her Cuddles for Cancer charity which earned her one of seven Diana Awards last spring from Prince William and Harry. Also in attendance will be 200 close friends and family invited to an after-party at Frogmore House (a short walk from St George’s Chapel).
According to the bridesmaids and page boys lineup recently released by Kensington Palace, all three children of Jessica Mulroney and Ben Mulroney (close Canadian friends of Meghan Markle) will play a part: Ivy Mulroney (age 4), Brian Mulroney (age 7) and John Mulroney (age 7). The lead bridesmaid and page boy will be Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Following the ceremony, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will take a tour through Windsor Town on the Ascot Landau carriage for the procession at 1 p.m.
The royal wedding invitations (sent out in mid-March) were designed by Barnard & Westwood, printed in gold ink and feature the Three-Feathered Badge of the Prince of Wales. After being printed on English card, the invitations were burnished and gilded around the edges. Each of the guests names were later added by a calligraphy printer in black ink.
The Engagement Ring
Meghan Markle’s sparkling engagement ring was designed by Prince Harry and custom made by court jewellers Cleave and Company with one diamond sourced from Botswana and two smaller stones from Princess Diana’s collection. Reports say it could retail as high as $200,000.
London-based florist Philippa Craddock will be using seasonal plants and flowers from the Crown Estates and Royal Parks in addition to white garden roses, foxgloves and branches of beech for the wedding flowers. Also expected in the arrangements (and quite possibly bouquets) are peonies, which have been reported as Meghan’s favourite flower.
In lieu of gifts, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be asking guests to make donations to one of seven charities close to their heart (just as Prince William and Kate Middleton did for their wedding). The charities include CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association), Crisis, Myna Mahila Foundation, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, StreetGames, Surfers Against Sewage and The Wilderness Foundation UK.
It’s been reported that Meghan will be wearing not one but two dresses. By who? It’s still unclear. However, one of the rumoured favourites are Aussie-based Ralph & Russo designers Michael Russo and Tamara Ralph, who designed the highly-embellished black gown for the engagement portraits.
Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle) in the Suits Season 7 Finale | The Sun
After Clarence House announced on November 27, 2017 that Prince Harry would marry Meghan Markle in the spring of 2018, the two hired Alexi Lubomirski to shoot their stunning engagement session in December. One traditional photo of the couple sitting down was released alongside a closer, black and white portrait, and later a more candid shot. Photographer Lubomirkski recalls it was a joy to shoot because the two were “deliciously in love.” Following the engagement session, Kensington Palace announced he would take the official photographs at Windsor Castle for the royal wedding.
London-based pastry chef Claire Ptak, owner of Violet Bakery, will be designing the cake with organic lemon, elderflower and fresh flowers to reflect the bright flavours of spring.
Contradictory to rumours that the Spice Girls and Beyonce will be performing at the royal reception, Kensington Palace confirmed that local choirs, soloists and orchestras will be providing the music. Among the performers will be 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, winner of the BBC Young Musician competition in 2016, who met Harry at a charity event last year.
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