Perhaps it’s because Great Britain is American’s former motherland, or maybe — despite eschewing the crown all those years ago — we just love the idea of kings and queens, but many people can’t wait for the upcoming royal wedding of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle.
Who’s invited? What will she wear? The questions are endless. Also, with the glamour and sophistication that was a Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, everyone’s waiting to see how this one compares…or stands out.
It seems as if each day Kensington Palace lets out a little bit of information on the Big Day. We decided to put together everything you need to know, so far, and a lowdown of what’s to come the day of the wedding.
The first thing to note is that this wedding will be on a Saturday, which is odd for a royal wedding, as they usually are scheduled on a weekday.
Day of timeline:
The wedding will be held May 19 at noon at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Windsor Castle is one of the Queen’s favorite residences, and more low-key than Prince William’s wedding at Westminster Abbey.
Following the wedding, at 1 p.m., the now married couple will take a carriage ride from the church to Windsor Castle.
Once the carriage ride through the city is complete, the couple and their guests will meet for a reception in St. George’s Hall. This will be followed by a private reception later that evening held by Prince Charles for close family and friends.
Kensington Palace has been announcing different aspects of the wedding periodically on its Twitter page. In March, it was announced that Claire Ptak of London-based Violet Cakes will create the couple’s wedding cake. It will be a lemon elderflower cake covered in buttercream and fresh flowers. The couple is keeping with tradition and using Barnard Westwood for the wedding invitations.
A major part of the fresh flowers will be created by a team of florists from St. George’s Chapel with floral designer Philippa Craddock.
Vogue UK reported that there are 600 guests invited to the wedding — which is a huge contrast to the 1,900 guests invited to Prince William’s wedding and the 2,000 guests at Queen Elizabeth’s 1947 nuptials. Among these guests, it is rumored that actresses (and Markle’s friends) Abigail Spencer and Priyanka Chopra have both confirmed their attandences, in addition to other well-known celebrities like Sir Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham (all three of which also invited to Prince William’s wedding), Serena Williams and singer Ed Sheeran — to name a few.
What British royalty wears to different events, especially their weddings, is talked about incessantly leading up to the wedding, or event, and for years after. For their engagement portrait, Markle wore a gorgeous black gown by Australian designers Ralph & Russo. For public appearances, she has been spotted in frocks by a number of Canadian designers — those she grew fond of during her time shooting the USA Network show “Suits.”
We hope that she takes this opportunity to be bold and show her personality — something the couple has been doing throughout their courtship. However, Markle has been checking off her royal to-do list before the wedding with all history and tradition involved. So, seeing a design closer to that of Kate Middleton’s 2011 showstopper by Alexander McQueen wouldn’t be a bad decision.
Will you wake up at 6 a.m. on May 19 to watch everything unfold as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say “I Do?”
Watch the royal wedding, or create your own regal New Orleans affair. Opt for a ceremony at the St. Louis Cathedral and a carriage ride through the French Quarter, followed by a grand ceremony at the New Orleans Museum of Art; or an Immaculate Conception ceremony and a traditional second line to the Federal Ballroom or the Roosevelt Hotel — or both.
Town and Country Magazine recently gave readers a complete guide of how to watch the royal wedding. Here's what they said:
NBC: The Today show has announced its coverage. On the day of the wedding, commentary will begin on NBC at 4:30 a.m. with Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb reporting live from "an exclusive vantage point overlooking Windsor Castle."
PBS: PBS will also be showing the wedding live. The channel will run a five-part nightly series starting May 14, which will end with a live broadcast of the wedding on May 19.
CBS: CBS will start its coverage at 4 a.m. eastern from Windsor. Tina Brown will join Gayle King and Kevin Frazier live. CBSN, CBS's live-streaming site will also reportedly be broadcasting coverage starting at 4 a.m.
BBC AMERICA: BBC America will stream coverage and commentary of the event on May 19. Here's a link where you can sign in with your subscription or cable account information.
We are sure there will be additional live streams and other outlets the day of the wedding. We will keep you posted!