Prince Henry of Wales, also known as Prince Harry, and American actress and humanitarian activist Meghan Markle are set to tie the knot on May 19. The royal wedding has everyone talking and has become one of the most-anticipated celebrations of this year. With so much information circulating about the royal wedding, we decided to simplify things a little. Here is what we know so far.
When and where
The royal wedding will be held on Saturday, May 19, 12:00 BST (7pm to 10:30pm Indonesian time) at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. This is the chapel where Prince Harry was christened as well as where Meghan Markle was baptised. The newlyweds are later scheduled to travel through Windsor in an Ascot Landau carriage from Castle Hill to Long Walk and make their way back to St George’s Chapel.
Invitations with gold die-stamp have been sent out to more than 600 exclusive guests, and an additional 200 guests are invited to the evening reception. The royal family will be among them, followed by celebrity guests that include British pop band the Spice Girls, actress Priyanka Chopra, actor George Clooney and wife Amal Clooney, tennis player Serena Williams, and, of course, the Suits cast.
The royal wedding requests male attendees to wear a morning suit or a lounge suit, which means the pairing of shirt, suit, and tie—waistcoats and top hats are optional. Ladies are expected to wear knee-length day dresses paired with hats that are similar to those found at Royal Ascot.
Bridesmaids and best man
Meghan Markle’s six bridesmaids and four pageboys will be children and include soon-to-be niece and nephew Princess Charlotte and Prince George. The other bridesmaids will be Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s goddaughters. Meanwhile, Prince Harry’s godsons will be the other pageboys.
Meghan Markle will not be having a maid of honour as she couldn’t favour one over the rest of her close friends. On the other hand, the Duke of Cambridge and elder brother Prince William will be Prince Harry’s best man.
A total of 600 guests will be attending the lunchtime reception at St George’s Hall, given by Her Majesty The Queen. Later, 200 guests will attend an exclusive private evening reception at Frogmore House, which will be hosted by Prince Charles. Frogmore House, a 17th-century country house and also the former house of other royalty, was also the setting for the couple’s engagement photos.
Cake and flowers
The pair has chosen Californian pastry chef, food writer, and owner of London-based bakery, Violet Cakes, Claire Ptak to bake an organic lemon and elderflower cake for the wedding. Meghan Markle’s flowers, white garden roses, foxgloves, and peonies, will decorate St George’s Chapel and St George’s Hall.
Kensington Palace has requested that pubs and bars across England and Wales be allowed to stay open for an additional two hours, serving until 1:00 BST on the morning of the wedding day, and the day after the couple is married. This news was announced because the couple wanted the public to feel more inclusive and like they are celebrating with them.