Every Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Royal Wedding Detail We Know So Far


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The Date

In December, Kensington Palace announced the two are set to get married on May 19, 2018. It will start at 12 P.M. London time, 7 A.M. EST, and there will be a carriage procession and two receptions.

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The Place

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will get married at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, which is located within the royal residence.

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How People Can Watch

Back in November, a representative for the couple told Us Weekly that the wedding will be televised. The representative said, “The couple of course wants the day to be a special, celebratory moment for their friends and family. They also want the day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too and are currently working through ideas for how this might be achieved.”

Harry and Markle are also welcoming 2,650 members of the public into the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the couple arrive to the chapel, as well as watch the carriage procession after the ceremony.

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The Officiant

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will be the one to officiate the wedding, and he’s already a little bit nervous about the day. He told ITV News, “Unlike recent weddings, I must not drop the ring. I must not forget to get the vows in the right order as I did at the rehearsal for one of my children’s weddings.” He’s also been meeting with Harry and Markle ahead of the wedding and shared a little bit about their vows: “At the heart of it is two people who have fallen in love with each other, who are committing their lives to each other with the most beautiful words and profound thoughts, who do it in the presence of god through Jesus Christ,” he said. “You pray for them to have the strength to fulfill their vows and you seek to do it in a way that respects their integrity and honors their commitment.”

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The Baptism

Welby also presided over Markle’s baptism, which he described as “very special” and “beautiful.” Her baptism into the Church of England took place in early March in a secret ceremony. While it wasn’t necessary for Markle to be baptized in order for her to marry Prince Harry, ITV reported that she did it out of respect for Queen Elizabeth II, who is the Head of the Church of England.

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The Cake

While there was a rumor that the royal wedding cake would be made with bananas, it’s now been announced that Prince Harry and Markle will be having a lemon elderflower cake. Pastry chef Claire Ptak, who owns the London-based Violet Bakery, will create the cake, and it will be covered with buttercream and decorated with flowers.

Kensington Palace tweeted that Ptak focuses on using seasonal and organic ingredients, and Markle once interviewed Ptak for her former website, The Tig.

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The Flowers

The couple will use florist Philippa Craddock, who’s based in London, to create the church flowers. Kensington Palace revealed the couple will have seasonal plants including branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves.

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The Invitations

In March, Kensington Palace revealed the royal invitations, which were made by Barnard and Westwood. The invites feature the three-feathered badge of the Prince of Wales printed in gold ink. The invites also include American ink and are printed in black and gold with gilding around the edge.

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The Music

Kensington Palace announced on Twitter that the music for the ceremony will be under the direction of James Vivian (pictured here), the director of music at St. George’s Chapel. Music will also be provided by the Choir of St. George’s Chapel, 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir. The Palace tweeted that Harry and Meghan “have taken a great deal of interest and care in choosing the music for their Service, which will include a number of well-known hymns and choral works.”

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The Photographer

Alexi Lubomirski, the photographer who took Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s stunning engagement photos at the Frogmore House last December, has been tasked with capturing the couple’s special moments at their upcoming royal wedding. Kensington Palace announced that Lubomirski will photograph the royal couple the Windsor Castle shortly after tying the knot at St. George’s Castle.

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Their New Titles

Once the two are married, it’s tradition for Queen Elizabeth II to give the pair new titles. It’s believed that Prince Harry and Markle will be known as Duke and Duchess of Sussex. (Similarly, Prince William and Kate Middleton were given the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.)

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Who’s Paying

According to Town & Country, Kensington Palace released a statement which read, “As was the case with the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Royal Family will pay for the core aspects of the wedding, such as the church service, the associated music, flowers, decorations, and the reception afterwards.” British wedding planner Aimee Dunne told CNN that the wedding could cost upwards of £500,000 (or $697,575).

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Their Scottish Titles

It is also customary for the married couple to receive separate Scottish titles. People believe Harry and Markle will soon be the Earl and Countess of Ross.

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The Engagement Ring

Everyone got a first look at the beautiful ring when the engaged couple had their first photo call. Harry designed the ring, which has a center diamond from Botswana and two diamonds on each side. The diamonds on the side come from Princess Diana’s personal collection.

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The Wedding Dress

According to royals reporter Omid Scobie, Markle already had fittings for her wedding dress and met with her best friend and stylist Jessica Mulroney to discuss dress options. Scobie tweeted, “Right now only a small, select group of people know the designer’s name, so don’t expect to find out any time soon. Even Harry made himself scarce during the first fitting!”

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The Wedding Dress Designer

The British fashion house Erdem will possibly be designing Markle’s wedding dress, though we won’t know for sure until the special day. However, the fashion house announced in April that they’re no longer outsourcing their PR to an agency and are instead hiring a new PR manager in-house. But Ralph & Russo, the brand that designed the dress Markle wore in her engagement photos, is also hiring a new PR assistant. Time will tell!

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Her Dream Dress

Back in 2016, Markle did an interview with Glamour where she revealed her idea of a perfect wedding dress: “I have the luxury of wearing beautiful pieces of clothing every day for work, so my personal style—wedding or not—is very pared down and relaxed. Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist. I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic. Delphine Manivet and Christos Costarellos are faves of mine for their uniqueness and beauty. And I will always be a fan of Ellie Saab. J. Mendel is spectacular as well, especially for more structural designs.”

She also mentioned that her favorite celebrity wedding dress was Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s gown from 1996.

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Her First Wedding Dress

While Markle’s future wedding dress is still a mystery, a photo of her very first wedding dress was leaked, giving some clue as to what she might prefer when it comes to gowns. The photo shows Markle in a strapless white dress with a sparkly band around her waist.

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Even More Cake

During the couple’s first official visit to Cardiff, they were presented with a cheese(!) wedding cake made by the Snowdonia Cheese Company. While this isn’t their official wedding cake, Markle reportedly thought the cake was “sweet” and “really delicious.” So who knows? Maybe there will be a cheese cake after all.

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The Bridesmaids

While Markle boasts some high-profile friends, it’s probable that none of them will make it into the bridal party. Apparently, it’s unlikely for royal brides to have adult bridesmaids, British and European royalty expert Marlene Koenig told Town & Country. Priyanka Chopra (one of Markle’s close friends) told Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, “If you see me there, you’ll know,” in regards to whether she’ll be in the bridal party. Unfortunately, Chopra later confirmed to People that she will not be a bridesmaid.

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The Maid of Honor

It seems Markle may break tradition as a source told Us Weekly that Markle has picked a maid of honor instead of the customary chief bridesmaid. The source said, “While it is very much a British wedding, expect a few American touches too. She’s not picked a chief bridesmaid, she’s chosen a maid of honor.” A report from Entertainment Tonight says she has chosen “one of her closest friends who has stood by her for many years before meeting Harry.”

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The Best Man

In December 2017 a source told Us Weekly that Prince Harry chose Prince William to serve as best man: “Harry has several close guy friends, but there’s no way he would ask anyone but William to take on the top job.” In April 2018 Kensington Palace confirmed that William will take on the role saying, “The Duke of Cambridge is honored to have been asked, and is very much looking forward to supporting his brother at St George’s Chapel, Windsor on May 19th.”

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Markle’s Family

In early January, Us Weekly reported that a source close to the couple announced Markle wants her mother to walk with her during the ceremony. “I’ve heard that Meghan wants her mother to walk her down the aisle, which would be a sweet moment,” the source said.

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Markle’s Family

Though a few days after the Us Weekly report, People reported that Markle’s sister said Markle’s father will be walking her down the aisle. We will all just have to wait and see who the lucky family member turns out to be.

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The Economy

Reuters estimates that the royal wedding will bring in about 500 million pounds to Great Britain. Part of that is due to the amount of tourists expected to come for the wedding in May; tourists are expected to bring in over $270 million. David Haigh, the chief executive of the business valuation consultancy Brand Finance, expects that $202 million will be spent on parties and $68 million will come from merchandise. The ceremony will also bring in an estimated $135 million in free advertising worldwide.

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Markle’s Last Name

Once she marries Harry, Meghan Markle’s name could become Rachel Meghan Mountbatten-Windsor. Royal historian and author Carolyn Harris told Town & Country that junior members of the royal family can use the surname. However, royals rarely use a surname and Markle will just sign as “Meghan,” according to Harris.

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Markle’s Tiara

Royal expert Ingrid Seward told Us Weekly that Markle will have “access to jewels from the royal collection made available to her by the Queen.” She could end up choosing the Spencer tiara, which Diana wore for her wedding.

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The Gifts

Instead of receiving expensive gifts from guests, Markle and Harry will set up a wedding fund where guests can make a donation. The couple selected seven different organizations that fight for issues that are especially important to them, such as sport for social change, women’s empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces.

These are the charities Meghan and Harry will be donating to:

CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association)
Crisis
Myna Mahila Foundation
Scotty’s Little Soldiers
StreetGames
Surfers Against Sewage
The Wilderness Foundation UK

William and Kate did something similar when they were married in 2011 and ended up raising over £1 million ($1,387,940) for 26 charities.

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The Bridal Shower

This past March, Markle had a spa-themed bridal shower at Soho Farmhouse outside of London. Her friend Markus Anderson helped throw the shower and her friends Lindsay Jill Roth and Heather Dorak reportedly attended. A source told E! that it was “a relaxing day of good food and pampering.”

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The Bachelorette Party

A source told Us Weekly that the bride is planning a pre-wedding party, though nothing wild. A source said, “Think low-key, think somewhere out of London, good food and drink, a little music.”

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