Every *possible thing* you need to know about their royal nuptials.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are engaged to be married in Spring 2018, which means the world is officially on royal wedding watch. Here’s every possible thing (down to the tiniest detail) you need to know about their upcoming ceremony:
May 19, 2018! BTW, keep in mind that Kate Middleton’s due date is reportedly in April, which means this wedding will have an extremely tiny and extremely adorable guest of honor.
Missoni, Valentino, Gucci
Like Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle will likely be inundated with wedding dress sketches from every major designer on the planet. Kate ended up wearing a lace-sleeved Alexander McQueen dress by Sarah Burton, but she wasn’t short of options and Meghan won’t be either. While we don’t know what designer she’ll pick yet, it’s possible that she’ll choose an American fashion house as a nod to her home country. Either way, it’s important to note that Meghan’s best friend Jessica Mulroney is literally a fashion and bridal stylist, so it’s likely that they’ll be working together to pick a gown.
ET royal correspondent Victoria Arbiter also notes that Meghan will likely choose a more modern silhouette than Kate Middleton: «I think it’ll be completely different to what we saw with Kate. Kate’s was quite feminine and girly [and] Meghan’s got a different sophistication about her. She’s a little bit older and perhaps will want something a bit more fashionable.»
Kate Middleton’s dress, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
Kate Middleton and Prince William married inside Westminster Abbey in a massive, televised ceremony. While Harry and Meghan will doubtless have similar pomp and circumstance, their wedding will likely be a little less intense thanks to the fact that Harry isn’t as close to owning the throne.
Meghan and Harry have chosen St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle to marry, where Prince Charles and Camilla had their post-wedding service, Prince Edward married Sophie Countess of Wessex, and Peter Phillips married Autumn Phillips.
The Wedding Planning
Per Hello Magazine, planning a royal wedding is an enviable job that The Lord Chamberlain’s Office at Buckingham Palace has the pleasure of undertaking. They’re responsible for throwing massive parties so they definitely know what’s up—and apparently were the ones who sent out invites to Kate and William’s big day. That said, Meghan and Harry will presumably want plenty of say in their wedding—it’s only the organizational details that will be left up to the palace office. (FYI, the royal family is footing the bill for the wedding.)
William and Kate were married by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, and it appears as though Harry and Meghan could be married by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. «Following the guidelines of the Church of England, the Archbishop wouldn’t have any problem with officiating with their wedding if it got to that point,» a source tells People.
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams seen marrying William and Kate
It should also be noted that Meghan does not currently belong to the Church of England, but it might be a moot point as historian Hugo Vickers (a friend of the royals) says, «Meghan Markle has already been married, so I believe they would have a service of blessing.»
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who is expected to marry Harry and Meghan
Meanwhile, royal correspondent Rebecca English says Meghan will be baptized and confirmed before the wedding:
No word yet as to who is making Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake, but William and Kate’s wasn’t designed by the royal pastry chef—it was instead made by Fiona Cairns, and took five weeks to complete. «The whole cake was—not just the cake but the wedding—was Kate’s idea,» she told Hello at the time. «It was all her idea. She’s a very creative person and that’s why it was so special.»
The final touches are put on Kate and William’s wedding cake.
Meghan and Harry will be breaking the royal tradition of having fruit cake be the flavor of their top tier, and are instead opting for a banana cake—a clear reference to this sweet photo Meghan posted in the early stages of their relationship:
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Meghan’s bouquet will almost definitely include myrtle, a tradition flower for royal brides, which you can see in the photos below.
The tradition began with Queen Victoria (who carried myrtle in her bouquet when she married Prince Albert), while Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, and Kate Middleton also had the flower in their bouquets. Even more amazing, this myrtle originates from one bush in Queen Victoria’s holiday garden on the Isle of Wight.
The gardens at Osborne House, AKA the summer home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Meghan and Harry could potentially travel to Botswana, a place that means a lot to both of them, and where one of their first trips went down. Harry recently explained, «I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana and we camped out with each other under the stars.»
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The pair visited Botswana’s Meno a Kwena camp earlier this year, and Meghan’s engagement ring reportedly features a diamond that was sourced from there (along with diamonds belonging to Princess Diana).
The Wedding Party
The royals are *extremely* fond of having adorable children dominate their wedding parties, which is great news for Princess Charlotte and Princess George. The royal children of William and Kate will doubtless feature in Meghan and Harry’s wedding, as will their parents. It’s unclear whether Meghan will go the traditional American route and have a fleet of bridesmaids at her side (or keep things simple like Kate, who just had her sister Pippa Middleton), but here’s a list of contenders:
These Are Meghan Markle’s Potential Bridesmaids
«What I anticipate seeing is a bridal party made up of children,» Victoria Arbiter tells ET. «Royal parties love to have children in the bridal party. Perhaps we’ll see George and Charlotte redo the roles that they had at Aunty Pippa’s wedding earlier this year.»
The Guest List
Other than the Queen (casual), Kate, William, and a fleet of other royals, this wedding will be a star-studded affair. Thanks to the fact that she’s an actress and is close friends with people like Serena Williams and Priyanka Chopra (say nothing of her Suits costars), Meghan’s side of the guest list will bring a lot of attention—but Arbiter says the couple will try to minimize the spotlight on their friends.
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«There’s been a lot of speculation that Meghan’s famous friends might take part, but I think the couple is going to be keen to avoid the circus that comes with that,» she explains. «This is not a red carpet affair [or] a celebrity wedding. This is a wedding between a member of the royal family and someone who happens to have been an actress. They’re going to want to minimize the fuss.»
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