Though Meghan Markle and Prince Harry just announced their engagement, there’s already a lot of buzz surrounding the upcoming wedding. Here’s why it’s looking like Kate Middleton won’t be a bridesmaid, and other must-know royal wedding facts.
1. They’re getting married in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle
St. George’s Chapel has been a wedding destination for royals for the past 500 years. Most recently, Prince Edward married Sophie Rhys-Jones there in 1999.
Vanity Fair notes that the location is a “slightly smaller venue” than where Kate Middleton and Prince William got married in 2001, Westminster Abbey.
2. The royal family’s paying for the whole thing
Traditionally, the bride’s family pays for the wedding, but, in this case, it’s going to be the groom’s family footing the bill. The royal family will be paying for everything (including the church service, flowers, decorations, and the reception).
When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got married, the wedding was split evenly between Prince Charles, the queen, and Kate’s family.
3. They’re having a May wedding
We now know the date of their nuptials: May 19, 2018. Spring is a popular time for weddings; William and Kate had their wedding in the spring as well!
Spring 2018 will be an exciting time. Kate is due with her third child just a month before Harry’s wedding.
4. There will be no official holiday in honor of the wedding
When Kate and William got married in 2011, an official bank holiday was put in to place to commemorate the day.
Unfortunately for Markle and Harry, there will be no bank holiday in May 2018, according to Prime Minister Theresa May.
5. Why Kate Middleton probably won’t be a bridesmaid
Kate probably won’t be a bridesmaid in the wedding for several reasons. “The Duchess of Cambridge barely knows Meghan,” royal expert and author Marlene Koeni told Cosmopolitan. “For another, she is the future queen consort when William becomes king after his father, and would unlikely be an attending person to another royal bride.’
But according to Metro, the principal reason she won’t be in the bridal party is because the day is supposed to be all about Markle and the prince, not Kate. “The Duchess of Cambridge was not her sister Pippa’s matron of honour at her wedding in May as she did not want to upstage her,” wrote Metro.
It is very likely, though, that Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge will be involved in the wedding somehow. It’s even likely that Princess Charlotte will be a little bridesmaid herself.
6. Markle’s wedding dress style
The couple just recently got engaged, but we already can’t wait to see what Marke’s wedding dress will look like. Thankfully, she’s given us plenty of hints as to her wedding dress style. According to People, she loves wedding dress designers Elie Saab and J. Mendel.
“I think Meghan will choose an effortlessly chic gown with clean lines and minimal detail,” British bridal designer Suzanne Neville told People. “I think the dress will be elegant and traditional, but with a modern twist.”
7. A pageboy and bridesmaid
The royal couple has already been living together at Nottingham Cottage, so Markle has had the opportunity to meet Prince Harry’s nephew and niece, Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2. The precious tots will also be included in their uncle and soon-to-be aunt’s wedding.
Prince George will act as a pageboy while Princess Charlotte will be one of Markle’s bridesmaids. They’ve already been in one major wedding before, as their aunt Pippa Middleton’s wedding which took place in early 2017. A source told The Telegraph, “The wedding will be a family event. You can expect the family to be involved.”
8. Celebrity wedding guests
Since Prince Harry probably won’t ever be king, he and Markle’s wedding isn’t a bank holiday. This also means that their wedding guest list won’t have to include global dignitaries and members of other royal families. Instead, you’ll probably see a ton of celebrities. Markle is close friends with tennis champion Serena Williams and actress Priyanka Chopra, as well as her Suits co-stars.
On the other hand, Prince Harry is super close with former U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama, who might also garner invitations.
9. An untraditional theme
The American actress and her hubby-to-be aren’t exactly traditional, at least by U.K. royal standards. Markle is American, three years older than Prince Harry, and has been married once before already. Let’s not even get into all of the drama that’s been stirred up because of her mix-race heritage.
Though the royals certainly have their customs, we don’t expect this pair to have a very traditional wedding. They have publically announced that their wedding will be “[a] moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters of the bride and groom.”
10. The cake
In America, many couples usually choose sponge cakes with different fillings for their wedding cakes. Markle is probably used to these types of wedding treats. We’re going to take a wild guess and assume that the couple will request a wedding cake with banana, the fruit beloved by both.
After all, Chef McGrady spoke once about making a young Prince Harry a caramel and banana cake. Delicious.
11. Markle has to leave behind some of her humanitarian work
Meghan’s always been passionate about humanitarian work, well before meeting Harry. Sadly, she has to say goodbye to her roles with U.N. Women and World Vision, per Kensington Palace.
But she’s definitely not done with humanitarian work for good. “Her first patronage will be with the Royal Foundation, alongside William, Kate, and her fiancé,” according to Vanity Fair.
Additional reporting by Aramide Tinubu.
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