Suits alum Meghan Markle doesn’t have to kiss any more frogs to land her Prince Charming. The former actress will have a royal wedding fit for a princess when she marries Prince Harry—born Henry Charles Albert David—May 19.
This ceremony is set to be one of the most talked-about events of the year, and a lot goes into making a ceremony of this caliber a success. With the big day quickly approaching, here’s a list of 20 things you need to know:
How to Watch the Ceremony
Several major networks will broadcast Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding live, including: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, HBO, PBS and BBC. While these networks are scheduled to air separate coverage ahead of the main event, the ceremony is slated to begin at 7 a.m. ET. Aside from this, Fathom Events is holding a screening for the royal wedding at 200 theaters nationwide at 10 a.m. ET.
The Wedding’s Location
The couple’s ceremony is being held at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England. St. George’s Chapel is a venue that holds significant history within the royal family, as over a dozen royal weddings have occurred there, including Prince Charles’s nuptials to Camilla Parker Bowles in April 2005, Town & Country reported .
Who Will Conduct and Officiate the Ceremony?
Kensington Palace confirmed on February that the Dean of Windsor will conduct the ceremony. The Archbishop of Canterbury will officiate the service as the couple exchange vows.
After the service, the newlywed couple will join their guests at St. George’s Hall for a reception. Later, Prince Charles will hold a private evening reception for about 200 close friends and family at Frogmore House on the castle grounds.
Harry and Markle chose pastry chef Claire Ptak, owner of the London-based bakery Violet Bakery, to create the couple’s wedding cake. “Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have asked Claire to create a lemon elderflower cake that will incorporate the bright flavors of spring,” Kensington Palace confirmed via Twitter . “It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.”
Markle’s dress will likely be kept a secret until she enters St. George’s Chapel. However, actress Priyanka Chopra—a close friend of Markle’s—hinted to aspects of her pal’s dress-buying experience during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on May 3. In a show segment called “Spill the Royal Tea,” host Andy Cohen asked Chopra a series of questions about Markle’s big day. While he said that Chopra wasn’t obligated to answer if she couldn’t, he would use her facial expressions to gauge the truth. Chopra, however, appeared to hint that she knows what Markle’s dress looks like and the Suits alum cried when she said “yes” to it.
Stylist Jessica Mulroney was among Markle’s rumored bridesmaids. Chopra confirmed she is also part of the exclusive group. “I haven’t even been fitted yet. I have an idea [what it’s going to be],” Chopra told Cohen during the WWHL After Show . “I’m more stressed out about a small hat. How do those things stay [on]?”
Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, reportedly spent $34 million on their wedding, according to CBS News . An estimated $8 million was designated for security, The Huffington Post UK reported . If William and Kate’s wedding is any indication of how much a royal wedding can cost, Markle and Harry’s will likely cost around the same.
Who Is Paying for the Wedding?
The soon-to-be-married couple’s wedding will definitely be a lavish, pricey affair. However, the funding of this event will not come out of taxpayers’ pockets. Like with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s ceremony, Kensington Palace confirmed in November 2017 that the royal family will cover the core financial costs of the event. Such expenses include the church ceremony, decorations, flowers, music and the reception.
The Wedding Flowers
Floral designer Philippa Craddock was selected by the soon-to-be-married couple to create church flowers for the ceremony. “The floral displays in St. George’s Chapel will be created using locally sourced foliage, much of which will be taken from the gardens and parkland of The Crown Estate and @WindsorGtPark,” Kensington Palace confirmed via Twitter in April . “Where possible, Philippa will use flowers and plants that are in season and blooming naturally in May, including branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves.”
Markle first showed off her engagement ring in a November photo shoot. It was designed by Prince Harry. Cleave and Company custom made the ring with one diamond sourced from Botswana and little stones from Princess Diana’s collection, Harry said during the pair’s first interview with the BBC in November 2017.
The wedding invitations were mailed in March. At the time, Kensington Palace said that Lottie Small—an apprentice dye stamper at Barnard and Westwood—printed the exclusive invites by dye stamping with a machine made in the 1930s. “Using American ink on English card, the invitations are printed in gold and black,” Kensington Palace said via Twitter . “Then burnished to bring out the shine, and gilded around the edge.”
The couple has invited about 600 guests, and there are many A-list stars rumored to be in attendance, like Serena Williams and the cast of Suits . This list is still very top secret, but Kensington Palace confirmed that political leaders were not extended an invitation. Therefore, Harry’s good friend former U.S. President Barack Obama likely will not be in attendance.
Band or a DJ?
At one point in time, the Spice Girls were rumored to be performing at the wedding after Mel B seemingly hinted to it during an appearance on The Real in February. However, Kensington Palace confirmed in April that “music will be under the direction of James Vivian, Director of Music, St. George’s Chapel, including the Choir of St. George’s Chapel, and a selection of choral groups, soloists, and musicians.”
Who Is the Photographer?
Alexi Lubomirski, a notable fashion and portrait photographer, was booked as the wedding’s official photographer. In November, Lubomirski photographed the couple’s engagement pictures.
Harry and Meghan asked for those interested in buying the couple a gift to instead donate to one of the seven charities they support. “Prince Harry & Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill they have received since their engagement,” Kensington Palace said in April . “[They] have asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion of their wedding considers giving to charity, instead of sending a gift.”
Prince Harry’s Best Man
At Prince William’s 2011 wedding, Harry served as his brother’s best man. Harry asked William to do the same. “Prince Harry served as best man to The Duke of Cambridge at his wedding to Miss Catherine Middleton in 2011,” Kensington Palace said via Twitter in April . “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.”
The Event’s Security
The Thames Valley Police (TVP) is set to monitor the wedding. TVP has a history of policing royal events in the past, including the queen’s 90th birthday. “The wedding is expected to attract thousands of people from around the world to Windsor and planning is well under way,” TVP wrote in a statement. “Visitors to the town can expect to see our officers, both armed and unarmed, our search dogs and our mounted section out and about in the coming weeks and months.”
The Couple’s Honeymoon
Ahead of their wedding, the couple has traveled quite a bit. They’ve ventured to the Northern Lights , among other places. However, the pair’s honeymoon travel is not confirmed.
A commemorative coin was made in honor of the couple’s big day. The coin features crystals and Canadian maple leaves, all while boasting an engraved portrait inspired by their November engagement photos. The keepsake is reportedly valued at $20.
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