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Since its official confirmation, the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle has grabbed the world’s attention and fascination in equal measure. The royal wedding, set for 19 May 2018, will see the American actress marry Prince William’s younger brother. The pair who met through a mutual friend announced their engagement officially through a statement issued by Clarence House on 27 November 2017.
The wedding will be hosted at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. St George’s Chapel has previously been the venue where Prince Harry’s uncle the Earl of Wessex as well as his cousin, Peter Phillips, had their weddings. It was also the site where His Royal Highness Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall, received the blessing for the marriage.
Much speculation has been setting the world abuzz with who will be invited and who will either be ‘left off’ or even snubbed. In an official announcement, Kensington Palace stated that 2 640 members of the public will be invited into the grounds of Windsor Castle for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. This will not only allow the members of the public to see the carriage procession as it departs from Windsor Castle but it will also allow for thousands of people to watch the arrivals of the groom and bride as well as their wedding guests. The Palace stated:
“This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters and values of the Bride and Groom.”
Making up the 2 640 members of public will represent every corner of the United Kingdom. These individuals will be nominated by nine regional Lord Lieutenant offices. His Royal Highness Prince Harry has asked that the selection represent a wide variety of backgrounds.
Adding to the list of ‘non-official guests’, 610 Windsor Castle community members will also be attending the wedding. These include residents from Windsor Castle as well as members of the St George’s Chapel community. In addition, 530 members of staff from the Royal Households and the Crown Estate will also be in attendance.
The Royal School, as well as St George’s School, will see 100 of their pupils invited to attend. Lastly, 200 people from various organisations and charities will be invited. These charities will include those of whom His Royal Highness Prince Harry serves as Patron.
In a statement, the British government has confirmed that the wedding will not be planned as a bank holiday. The date will coincide with the same day as the FA Cup Final. Normally His Royal Highness Prince William attends the event in his role as President of the Football Association. The wedding ceremony will occur at 12:00 PM BST and will break with royal tradition as the wedding will take place over a weekend on not during a weekday.