Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Time: 12 noon Local; 7 am Eastern
Venue: St. George’s Chapel within Windsor Castle
Number of Guests:
• Ceremony – 600 in Chapel; 2640 on the Grounds of the castle including 1200 members of the public, 200 members of charities that the couple works with and 100 students from local schools e.t.c.;
• Reception hosted by the Queen at St. George’s Hall- 800
• Private evening party hosted by the Prince of Wales with close family and friends at Royal Residence of Frogmore House – 200
Bride: Rachel Meghan Markle (Age 36 – She is American and this is her 2nd marriage!)
Groom: Prince Henry Charles Albert David (Age 33)
Parents of the Bride: Thomas Markle Sr. (Retired Hollywood Television Lighting Director) and Doria Ragland (Social Worker)
Parents of the Groom: Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Frances Spencer
*Best Man: Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, Duke of Cambridge
Maid of Honour: None
***Meghan did not want to choose any of her close friends over the other. She will just have 10 child Bridesmaids and Pageboys including Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
How they Met
A blind date set up by a mutual friend!
*Royal Weddings usually take place during the week
*Royal Weddings do not normally involve a Best Man. Prince William broke tradition and so is Prince Harry
*Bridal party members are supposed to be single
*The Bride usually travels with her Father before he gives her away. Meghan chose her Mother.
Who will the Bride be wearing?!
A £100,000 (~$135000 USD) beaded creation by London-based Australian designers Ralph & Russo.
Meghan’s Father got involved in paparazzi drama recently with pictures he allegedly staged of himself looking at images of Prince Harry and Meghan as well as images of London. However, this has nothing to do with the announcement recently made. Just days before the wedding, Thomas Sr. got sick. Meghan has confirmed that sadly, he will not attend the Wedding. Thomas Sr. is recovering in Mexico from heart surgery and Meghan stated that she hopes he will have space to focus on his health.
Who will Walk Meghan down the Aisle?
According to Kensington Palace, it was important to the Bride that both her parents have roles in the wedding. Meghan’s mother, Doria will travel with her in the car to Windsor castle.
Doria will depart the Bride’s car at St. George’s Chapel and the Bridesmaids and Pageboys will climb in. Bride, Meghan Markle will then be driven to the West door where her father, Thomas Sr. was supposed to await her to walk her down the aisle. Prince Harry’s Father, Prince Charles will take Thomas Sr.’s place on Meghan’s Big day and walk her down the aisle but will not give her away.
Royal Wedding Day Timeline
9:30 am – 11:00 am local; 4:30 am – 6:00 am ET:
Arrival of Guests
11:20 am local; 6:20 am ET:
Arrival of Members of the Royal Family
11:45 am local; 6:45 am ET:
Arrival of the Groom, Prince Harry and his Best Man, Prince William
11:55 am local; 6:55 am ET:
At last, the Queen arrives
11:59 am local; 6:59 am ET:
Arrival of the Bride, Meghan Markle
12:00 pm local; 7:00 am ET:
Wedding Service Begins!
1:05 pm local; 8:05 am ET:
• Formal Reception at St. George’s Hall where Newlyweds will arrive about half hour later
• Carriage Procession of the Newlyweds
Carriage Procession route through Windsor for the Royal Newlyweds on May 19, 2018
7:00 pm local; 2:00 pm ET:
Private Evening Party at Frogmore House
Flavour of the Cake?!
The cake will be a kind of Lemon cake instead of traditional fruit cake, baked by Claire Ptak, the owner of Violet, a London-based bakery.
Just about every channel may be showing the Royal Wedding! BBC America, CBS, ABC, NBC e.t.c. Tune in and enjoy!
By: Gabrielle Burgess
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