Another eligible prince is getting married and this time too the world is watching. Here is a short list of all things you should know about Prince Harry-Meghan Markle wedding…
When: May 19, 2018.
Where: St. George’s Chapel on Windsor Castle grounds. It’s the same place where Harry was christened when he was three months old.
Bride: Meghan Markle. She is an American actress — the first to marry into the English royal family with the Queen’s blessing — who played Rachel Zane on the hit legal drama Suits. She is half-Caucasian and half African-American.
Groom: Prince Harry of Wales, from the ruling House of Windsor. He is the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, the late Princess of Wales. Harry is the sixth in line to the throne of England.
His Dress: While the bride’s dress is always the show stealer, Prince Harry’s attire to his wedding has importance. It is a royal wedding after all! There is no official statement on it. Considering Prince Harry has been a soldier, he could be wearing his uniform. But he is no longer a serving officer, so he might choose the morning dress, according to Britain’s daytime formal dress code. The men’s dress code for the event, according to the official invite, is “uniform, morning coat, or lounge suit.”
Her Dress: Meghan Markle is said to repeat the makers of her engagement dress photo shoot. She will walk down the aisle in what will be a $180,000 hand-stitched dress from the London-based Australian fashion designers Ralph & Russo. Markle will reportedly wear the gown during the service and at a reception in St George’s Hall, Windsor Castle, afterwards. As there is no official statement from either Kensington Palace or Markle about the dress, the big reveal will be on the wedding day.
Maids of Honour: All her bridesmaids. Kensington Palace revealed on May 4, 2018, in a public release that Markle will not have a maid of honor as she “has a very close-knit circle of friends and she didn’t want to choose one over another.”
Best Man: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Harry was his elder brother’s best man during the latter’s 2011 April wedding to Kate Middleton. The two have always been close, and are usually seen together at several royal outings talking. –pic: william (credit: AFP)
Number of Guests: Unlike the previous royal wedding of his elder brother, Prince Harry’s nuptials will be a smaller affair. St. George’s Chapel can hold up to 800 guests, with the Royal family, the bride’s family and the couple’s close friends in attendance. –pic: castle (credit: AFP)
Markle is great friends with our desi girl Priyanka Chopra and tennis star Serena Williams; these two powerful ladies might be seen at the St. George’s Chapel. Also, Markle’s co-stars from Suits: Sarah Rafferty, Patrick J Adams and Wendell Pierce could also be on the list.
Wedding flowers: Sourced locally, the flowers would be the seasonal one that naturally bloom in May in England. Apparently, the floral designer Phillippa Craddock will be picking and decorating the historical chapel with white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves.
Wedding cake: Keeping in the spirit of their spring wedding theme, the wedding cake will be lemon elderflower flavour, made by pastry chef Claire Ptak, who owns the London-based Violet Bakery. The cake will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.
Wedding Carriage: The bride and groom will take their first ride down the streets of Windsor in an Ascot Landau carriage. It’s used every year for the Queen’s procession during the royal meeting at Ascot. If it rains, though, the newlyweds will take the Scottish State Coach. –pic: open carriage and state carriage (credit: AFP)
Honeymoon: A very private tour in Namibia even though the trip will be deferred until after the two would appear at their first engagement as the royal couple. Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, too, went on their honeymoon, 10 days after their wedding.
Compiled by Preeja Aravind