All you need to know about The Royal Wedding

1 week ago Saloni Hindocha 0

Love is in the air for Prince Harry and his to be wife Meghan Markle. The prince has finally decided to settle down with the American actress whom he has been dating since 2016. The Kensington Palace announced on Monday morning that the royal wedding shall take place on May 19, 2018, at 12:00 pm GMT (5:30 pm IST). The palace had initially revealed the date of the wedding but not the time. The British royal wedding will be held in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and shall be officiated by the Dean of Windsor, the Right Reverend David Conner and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, as revealed by the Kensington Palace, which is the official residence of Prince Harry.

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The real question is that who gets invited to the royal wedding. Everyone who is someone important in Britain is expecting an embossed royal ticket to the wedding. The actual guest list is a closely guarded secret. The details about it actually may not be revealed until the wedding ceremony. But this has not stopped the people on betting on the guests at Britain’s legal betting shops. Any couple faces parental intervention on the account of inviting guests to their wedding. But the level at which Prince Harry and Meghan are going through this is noteworthy due to the expectations from being the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II.

At least Harry and Markle won’t face the 3,500 guests that his parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, welcomed to their 1981 “wedding of the century” in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. They also avoided the warehouse-sized Westminster Abbey, where Harry’s brother Prince William and Kate Middleton packed in 1,900 guests for a 2011 royal wedding extravaganza televised around the world. Their wedding venue, the 15th-century St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, holds a mere 800 guests. But it is still going to be tough to cut the list of guests. Not only is it going to include the British royal family’s close relatives but also the non-royals like Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton and her husband, James Mathews, and brother, James Middleton.

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Let us also not forget the various foreign royals and dignitaries invited to Prince William’s wedding. Politicians, Military Officers, Governor generals and ambassadors of countries which has ties with Britain will also have to be invited. Thus it seems a tough game to create the guest list for the Royal Wedding.

The royal family has also revealed the route of the procession. The royal couple will leave Windsor Castle in a carriage and travel along High Street through the town of Windsor, before returning to the castle by the Long Walk, according to the Palace. Windsor is some 40 km (25 miles) west of central London. Following the procession, the couple and guests will attend a reception at St. George’s Hall, prior to a private evening reception for friends and family hosted by Prince Charles. The live footage of the Royal wedding will be shown on television. This statement was issued by Prince Harry and Meghan the day after the engagement was announced. More ideas on the broadcasting of the wedding are being thought upon.

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The 33-year-old prince and his bride-to-be announced their engagement on November 27. In an interview with the BBC, Meghan said the couple first met in July 2016 on a blind date set up by a mutual friend. After a second date, the couple took a camping trip to Botswana, where they could finally be alone. Harry proposed on a “cozy night” in early November at Nottingham Cottage, Meghan told the BBC, with an engagement ring that the Prince had designed himself. It features a diamond from Botswana, flanked by two smaller diamonds from the jewelry collection of Princess Diana, Harry’s mother. The couple has said they are “hugely grateful for the many good wishes they have received since announcing their engagement.”