May 7, 2018:
When news broke that Prince Harry and Meghan were engaged in November, the world quite literally went crazy. The royal couple — who didn’t fit the “traditional” mold, both successful in their own right, and ridiculously good-looking, at that — sent the world in a mini-frenzy with their announcement. First came their picture-perfect debut (princess wave down to a T), then their first televised interview (where it was revealed that Prince Harry proposed over a roast chicken dinner), followed by all the details and speculations on everything — from the music to the dress — that haven’t stopped since. The countdown for arguably the biggest royal wedding in years has started, so here is a recap of everything we know (and don’t know) on the most buzzy royal “I do”.
The wedding will take place on Saturday, May 19th 2018 at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on the outskirts of London. Set your alarms bright and early to 12PM London time (that’s 7 AM EST). Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will take their vows in this historical and special venue, where Prince Harry was christened.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will follow in William and Kate’s footsteps with a lunch and evening reception following the church service at noon. And just in case you thought taking pictures with every table at your reception was tough and cumbersome: the newlyweds will take a two-mile tour of Windsor Castle, greeting an expected 2,000 well-wishers from the public, along with the Armed Forces (Prince Harry served in the Air Corps), local students, charity workers (Markle is a UN women’s advocate), and community leaders. They’ll then go on to do a carriage tour along the High Street and through the town center before making their way to the evening reception with 200 of their closest.
The Guest List
While many well-known faces are rumored to be in attendance (Victoria & David Beckham, Priyanka Chopra, Serena Williams, to name a few) the only confirmed guests so far as the Royal family (including the Queen and Kate & William) and Markle’s parents. 600 gold-stamped invitations have been sent out to the couple’s close friends, which include a variety of guests from around the world. The star-studded event will be snapped by fashion photographer, Alexi Lubomirski (assistant to Mario Testino, who often photographed Princess Diana.)
Like many aspects of this royal wedding that go against tradition and customs, the couple will have an organic, lemon and elderflower cake covered in flowers and buttercream, as opposed to the usual fruitcake.
The Dress Code
The question on everyone’s mind is which designer Meghan Markle will choose to walk down the aisle in. While the dress she’ll walk in is still TBD, sketches have leaked of the potential dress. London-based Canadian/Turkish designer Erdem (a Markle favorite) is rumored to be one of the top contenders, along with British couture brand Ralph & Russo. As for the guests, bring out your best: dress code is “Uniform, Morning Coat or Lounge Suit” for the gents and “Day Dress with Hat” for the ladies.
It’s tradition for the Queen to give the duo their new titles once they are officially married. Meghan Markle will become “HRH” after tying the knot and it’s believed that they will be known as Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Got a nice ring to it.
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