The upcoming royal wedding is one of the most anticipated events in the English calendar this year, bringing together Prince Harry and Suits actress Meghan Markle. While many royal family fanatics have already planned their lives around attending the Windsor celebrations (in fact, many of Windsor’s hotels are already fully booked up), there’s a lot to unpack and it can all get a little confusing. To make things simpler, we’ve whipped up a little guide to the Royal Wedding to answer all your questions from where it’s going to be held through to who’ll be in attendance.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be married on May 19, 2018 and the ceremony will take place more specifically at 12.00. Due to the fact that the FA Cup Final will be held on the same day at 17.30 and Prince William is expected to present its trophy, it’s said that the ceremony was deliberately scheduled so that the events wouldn’t clash.
Unfortunately, British locals will not get a day off as with Kate and Will’s wedding as it falls on a Saturday.
The Royal Wedding will take place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, which happens to be the Queen’s official royal residence (and her favourite after Buckingham Palace). After the ceremony, Meghan and Harry will take part in a public carriage procession throughout Windsor. They’ll also have two receptions: one in St George’s Hall and another later in Frogmore House.
Formal invitations have already been issued for the wedding and are absolutely beautiful, crafted by Barnard and Westwood according to royal tradition. Every single one is decorated with the Prince of Wales’ golden crest, a three feathered badge, and over 600 people are reported to have been issued invitations.
Naturally, the Royal Family will be in attendance. Although Prince WIlliam and Kate Middleton won’t be best man or maid of honour, their children will play an important part. Prince George will be pagesboy while Princess Charlotte will play bridesmaid for the day, similarly to the roles they played at their aunt Pippa Middleton’s wedding. The immediate royal family including Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and others will be around as well as hundreds of members of the Royal Household and Windsor Castle.
Other high profile guests are expected to include Sir Elton John, David Beckham, Victoria Beckham, Ellie Goulding, Cara Delevingne on Harry’s side. Of course, Meghan Markle has her own fair share of Hollywood friends and runs with a fabulous crowd, including Serena Williams, Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, Priyanka Chopra, Olivia Palermo, Markus Anderson as well as her Suits family including Patrick J. Adams. It’s also expected that fashion stylist Jessica Mulroney will be Meghan Markle’s maid of honour, while Prince Harry will be expected to scrap the best man role in accordance with royal traditions.
There’s been a wild rumour that the Spice Girls will be performing on the day and the jury’s still out on whether or not the Obama family will be in attendance, given Harry’s friendship with former US President Barack Obama. That said, Donald Trump is rumoured not to have even been issued an invitation.
The former Suits star is renowned for her keen sense of style and we’re expecting big things from her wedding dress. As Harry isn’t directly in line for the throne, there’s less pressure on Meghan to be overly traditional and we’re hoping she takes a big risk on her wedding day.
While she hasn’t officially announced who she’ll be wearing, we’re betting that her favourite Canadian-British designer Erdem is going to be a major front-runner. Other popular contenders include British designers Antonio Berardi, Burberry and even newcomer Richard Quinn.
Unfortunately not everybody can score an invite to the Royal Wedding, but luckily diehard royalists can head to Windsor and see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s public carriage procession after the ceremony takes place at 1pm.
If you can’t make it out to Windsor, we expect that the wedding will dominate literally every TV channel if Kate and Will’s was anything to go by.
If you’re looking to celebrate the Royal Wedding with a drink in hand, you’re in luck – pubs across England and Ireland are going to be open until 1am. All over Britain, you can expect people to be pouring out of their homes to join in the street parties and it’s well worth joining in.
Not really interested in the Royal Wedding? Sports fans can head to Wembley Stadium for the FA Cup Final (though, Prince William is expected to be there so you can’t completely get away from the monarchy). Theatre buffs can head off to the Globe Theatre to watch Shakespeare’s As You Like It.
There’s always plenty going on in London before, during and after the Royal Wedding. Stay up to date with the London Pass blog!