Details continue being released about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s impending nuptials. Kensington Palace issued a statement announcing the couple will be married in May 2018 at St. George’s Cathedral. Here’s what we know about St. George’s Cathedral.
St. George’s Cathedral, built in the mid-14th century, sits on the grounds of Windsor Castle, and features gothic architecture. “It has dedicated stalls and banners for knights, stained-glass windows (one with 75 panels), chantries, and an organ loft,” according to Vogue. Wooden pews line both sides of the cathedral allowing guests the perfect view of the aisle.
The chapel is significant to Harry
The royal family celebrates different occasions at St. George’s. One such occasion was Harry’s baptism as a baby, People says. The family celebrates other events in the cathedral, like Easter. Another important event held in St. George’s is the service of the Order of the Garter, Vogue says. Not only is the chapel significant for Harry, but it’s important to Meghan too. “Windsor is a very special place for Prince Harry and he and Ms. Markle have regularly spent time there over the last year and a half,” Kensington Palace said in a statement, according NBC News.
Royal weddings have been held there before
Prince Charles, Harry’s father, married Camilla Parker Bowles at St. George’s Cathedral in 2005, according to People. Another royal wedding took place there in 2008 between Princess Anne’s son, Peter Phillips and his fiancee, Autumn Kelley. King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra wed in the chapel in 1863, marking the first wedding in the venue.
The chapel is intimate
St. George’s Chapel is located inside Windsor Castle, according to People. The chapel holds 800 people whereas Westminster Abbey holds 2,000 people. The venue’s size reflects that the couple wants a smaller, more intimate wedding. However, the wedding may feel intimate but the ceremony will be broadcast on television.
Royals are buried there
A number of royal family members are buried in St. George’s Cathedral. A total of 10 royals are laid to rest in the cathedral, according to People. King Henry VII is buried there as well as Harry’s great-grandparents. The cathedral is also the planned final resting place for Queen Elizabeth II.
There’s no balcony
Don’t expect a big balcony moment for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Unlike the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, they won’t share a balcony kiss. Why? Because St. George’s has no balcony, the Telegraph says.
St. George’s Cathedral is exclusive
Unfortunately, not just anyone can hold their wedding in St. George’s Cathedral. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle even had to get permission from the Queen for their wedding. And Harry’s her grandson! It’s a royal tradition for those in line to the throne to ask for permission, Newsweek says.
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