It only feels like yesterday Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement was announced, sending a wave of royal wedding frenzy around the world. But with the ceremony only one month away, all eyes are now on the royal couple and their plans for the big day.
So, what exactly are those plans?
We’ll see Harry and Meghan say ‘I do’ on Saturday May 19th 2018.
9 am: Members of the public who have been invited to watch the wedding from the grounds of Windsor Castle will begin to arrive.
9.30 – 11.00: Wedding guests will arrive at the Windsor Castle’s famous Round Tower by coach and enter the Chapel through the South Door.
11.20: Members of the royal family begin to arrive and enter via the Galilee Porch by foot or by car.
11.45: Prince Harry and Prince William will arrive at the Chapel’s West Steps after passing the spectators who have been invited in to the castle grounds.
11.55 – 11.59: Following protocol, the Queen will be the last member of the royal family to arrive for the wedding service.
11.59: Meghan will arrive at the Chapel’s West steps after travelling by car with her mother Doria Ragland. She will then be joined by her page boys and bridesmaids before starting her walk down the aisle.
12.00: Wedding service starts.
1.00pm: Service ends and the newlyweds will emerge at the West Steps of the Chapel.
The couple will walk down the aisle at St Mary’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, one of the Queen’s official residences in located in Windsor. They’ll then move onto St George’s Hall at the same location for their lunchtime reception.
The Guest List
Along with close friends, family and some super famous celeb pals, Meghan and Harry have also invited a massive 2,460 members of the public to their big day. However, the invites haven’t just gone to anyone – a special selection of people picked for their accomplishments and contributions to society were chosen through a nomination process. An additional 200 charity workers, 100 students from local schools, and 610 people associated with Windsor Castle will be present, but they won’t make it into the chapel – instead they’ll watch the procession from the castle grounds.
If recent reports are to be believed, Burberry’s Christopher Bailey could be the big designer behind what’s sure to be an iconic wedding gown. Meghan is often pictured in the label’s pieces, so it seems a very plausible choice for her big day. Bets have also been placed on Meg following in Kate Middleton’s footsteps and turning to Alexander McQueen for her dress, but one thing we do know for sure is that she’s likely to have two looks – one for the ceremony and one for the evening – just like new sister-in-law Kate.
The royal couple have selected a tasty lemon elderflower cake for the wedding day, with the big baking task going to Claire Ptak, owner of London’s Violet Bakery. They reportedly asked her to create something that incorporated “the bright flavours of spring” to match their May wedding date.
What’s a wedding without flowers? For their nuptials, Harry and Meghan have appointed London-based floral designer Philippa Craddock to create their arrangements, which will include white garden roses, foxgloves and peonies.
Kensington Palace has confirmed that Meghan has selected an all-child lineup for her bridesmaids, including Princess Charlotte, daughter of Harry’s brother William, Harry’s goddaughter Florence van Custem, Meghan’s goddaughters Remi and Rylan Litt, her BFF’s daughter Ivy Mulroney and another of Harry’s goddaughters, Zalie Warren.
They’ll be accompanied by four pageboys – William’s eldest son Prince George, Harry’s godson Jasper Dyer, Ivy’s older twin brothers Brian and John Mulroney. All of the mini-maids and pageboys are aged between two and seven.
But why no adults? Get the full story here.
The Best Man
Prince Harry has asked his brother The Duke of Cambridge to be his Best Man at his wedding to Ms. Meghan Markle. pic.twitter.com/7TvZ2VlEk2
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 26, 2018
Kensington Palace has now confirmed the obvious – that Prince William will step into the role of Best Man when Harry and Meghan wed in May. Wills will be returning the favour from 2011, when Harry stepped up as his Best Man for his wedding to Kate Middleton.
We can’t wait to see it all unfold on the big day… roll on May 19th!