Here’s the Surprising Reason Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Will Get Two Wedding Receptions

The May 19, 2018, nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has caused global attention as everyone waits for the big event to unfold. Like any wedding, the bride and groom will have a delightful reception, except their’s will be hosted by the Queen of England. Unlike most weddings, Harry and Markle will have a second reception — just like Prince William and Kate Middleton. Here’s the surprising reason why the newlyweds will get two receptions.

1. The first reception will be at St. George’s Hall

St. George's hall

The hall is perfect for the reception. | The Royal Family via Youtube

In the royal tradition, the brand new royal bride and groom will enjoy a post-nuptial luncheon reception at St. George’s Hall in Windsor Castle hosted by none other than Queen Elizabeth II herself. Although Prince William and Kate Middleton exchanged their vows at Westminster Abbey, St. George’s Hall is the go-to venue for all of the extravagant royal events.

Next: The second reception will be ultra-exclusive. 

2. The second reception will be a very intimate gathering

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018. Prince George will be a part of the ceremony.

It will be a much more intimate affair. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

When it comes to cutting loose and celebrating, Prince Harry and Markle will save the real excitement for their second reception. This portion of their big day will only be shared with their closest friends and family. According to reports, only 200 people will be invited to this ultra-exclusive shindig, in order for the couple to share an intimate celebration with the people they hold dearest.

Next: The reception location isn’t Buckingham Palace. 

3. The Frogmore House will be the location

Frogmore House

The location is a little more out of the way. | Gill Hicks/Wikimedia Commons

Prince Harry and Markle chose to ignore the advice of aides who recommended that the couple choose a more practical location for their second reception. Locations like Buckingham Palace and Balmoral Palace are far more accessible for guests. Nevertheless, the couple chose to enjoy their second reception at the very private Frogmore House.

Next: The Frogmore is rarely open to the public.

4. Very few people have experienced the Frogmore

Frogmore house park

It’s very secluded. | Royal Collection via Facebook

The Frogmore House is only open to the public three days each year and is nestled away on a 35-acre sprawl of royal land. King George III purchased this getaway for his wife, Queen Charlotte, some 300 years ago. The Queen found it to be a retreat from the demands of the city. The Frogmore House is also the place where Queen Victoria’s mother, the Duchess of Kent, called home.

Next: Some of the royal family’s most prized relics are house at Frogmore.

5. The Frogmore House is rich with history and art

Frogmore house

The home is stunning. | Royal Collection via Facebook

Considering the Frogmore House has three centuries worth of royal history, the amount of art and relics is mesmerizing. There are murals of by French artist Louis Laguerre, a room dedicated solely to wax and silk flowers, and even a room full of Queen Mary’s paper-mache furniture. The house is home to some of the most cherished pieces of royal history.

Next: The couple retreated to Frogmore early on in their relationship. 

6. This is where Prince Harry and Markle would escape

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They would run away to Frogmore together. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

During their high-profile romance, Prince Harry would whisk Markle away to the Frogmore House. They would enjoy picnics amongst the flowers and trees, getting to know one another in the peaceful serenity of the property. Avoiding the paparazzi was crucial in the early stages of their courtship. Sharing this special place with 200 of their closest loved ones is a no-brainer.

Next: The legacy lives will live on. 

7. The Frogmore will always be a special retreat for the couple

Meghan markle harry engagement photo

It’s the location of their engagement photos. | Kensington Palace

Besides being a retreat for the couple’s budding romance, Prince Harry and Markle have documented the most monumental moments of their relationship at the Frogmore House. It is where they decided to take their engagement photos, and it will soon be the location for the many memories of their royal wedding day.

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