15 May Everything We Know About the Royal Wedding
There are only 5 days left before the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. While we’re still waiting to find out who will design the perfect wedding dress, there are some details that have been given. Here is everything we know about the Royal Wedding so far.
The Royal Wedding Date & Time
By now we all know that the wedding ceremony will take place this Saturday, May 19th, 2018. The wedding will begin at 12 noon GMT (that’s 5 am here in Alberta!). Following the ceremony, there will be a carriage processional around Windsor town starting at 1 PM GMT.
It is said that later that evening, the Prince of Wales is hosting a private reception for the couple and their closest friends and family.
According to Kensington Palace officials, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to be wed at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. The castle chapel has been the site of many royal weddings, including Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005 and the future wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank in October 2018.
The Wedding Attire
While it is unknown who will be the designer of Meghan Markle’s dress on Saturday, there are rumors that Ralph & Russo or Erdem are top choices.
Since Prince Harry no longer serves in the army, he may forego the traditional dress of his uniform and opt for a traditional morning suit instead.
The Bridal Party
Kensington Palace has confirmed that Meghan Markle will not have a maid of honour or bridesmaids. Instead, all her attendants will be children, keeping with royal traditions. It has been confirmed that both Princess Charlotte and Prince George will have roles in the wedding. Some of the other prime contenders include: Mia Tindall, Isla Phillips, Savannah Phillips (all cousins to Prince Harry), and Ivy Mulroney (daughter of Meghan’s friend Jessica Mulroney).
The honour of best man has been given to Prince William, which is our first choice as well. It’s only fitting that Prince Harry’s brother return the favour that he bestowed on Prince Harry for his own wedding to Kate Middleton!
The Royal Invitations
In royal tradition, the invitations for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding were printed by Barnard & Westwood. This company has held a Royal Warrant from Her Majesty the Queen since 2012. The invitations include the Three-Feathered Badge of the Prince of Wales printed in gold ink. To recognize the heritage of the couple, the invitations were printed on British paper using American ink.
Lottie Small, who recently completed her apprenticeship at Barnard & Westwood printed all of the invitations on a 1930’s die press that she has affectionately nicknamed Maude. Once printed, she then had to burnish the invitations to bring out the shine and add gold gilding around the edge of the card. The process took two full days to complete.
The Guest List
Wedding invitations were sent to around 600 lucky guests (ours must have gotten lost in the mail!), and include all the details of the upcoming nuptials. Rumor has it that they have also invited 200 charity members and 100 local school children as well.
The Married Name
Meghan Markle is changing her name once she is married to Prince Harry. It is believed that Prince Harry will receive a royal dukedom by The Queen as part of the big day. Prince Harry will become the Duke of Sussex, making Meghan the Duchess of Sussex. But, in royal tradition, Meghan will also adopt both names of The Queen and Prince Philip, making her married name Rachel Meghan Mountbatten-Windsor, Duchess of Sussex.
The Royal Wedding Cake
Kensington Palace announced that Hackney-based Claire Ptak of Violet Bakery will be creating the wedding cake. The cake will be a lemon elderflower cake covered in buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers. It will also feature local and seasonal flavours and embellishments.
Claire Ptak was born and raised in California before moving to England. She previously met the lovely bride-to-be when Meghan managed lifestyle blog TheTig.com.
The Royal Florals
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen palace-approved florist Philippa Craddock as the official florist for their wedding. The flowers will be in shades of pink and white, including peonies (Meghan’s favourite flower), white garden roses, and foxgloves. The foliage is to be taken from the gardens and parkland of The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park to complete the arrangements.
The Royal Carriage
In royal tradition, an Ascot Landau carriage will be the transportation of choice for the Royal Carriage Procession. The carriage is a one horse-drawn carriage that is pulled by a Windsor Grey horse.
The Ascot Landau carriage is used for a number of royal duties. This included The Queen’s procession to the Royal Ascot Race each year. It was also previously used when The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married in 2011.
With all the traditional protocols of the wedding in place, there is one that Meghan Markle is planning to break. Rumor is that Meghan will be giving a speech at the royal wedding reception. She will use the speech as an “affectionate” tribute to Prince Harry, as well as a way to thank The Queen and their guests.