Revealed: What to expect from the seating plan at Prince Harry and Meghan’s Windsor

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Revealed: What to expect from the seating plan at Prince Harry and Meghan’s Windsor

Castle wedding – and why the couple’s guest list could be HALF the size of William and Kate’s

Meghan and Harry will marry on May 19 at St. George’s chapel in Windsor
The couple is expected to keep to tradition when it comes to the seating plan
The venue holds just 800 people compared to Westminster Abbey where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married, which holds 1,900

The wedding of William and Kate in 2011 was a state occasion as he is in the direct line of succession
The wedding of William and Kate in 2011 was a state occasion as he is in the direct line of succession

It is just a few short months until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say their I dos at their wedding in Windsor.

And as rumours of who will and won’t be attending circulate, many will be wondering what to expect when it comes to the seating plan.

However, royal expert Alastair Bruce says that this is a decision that should be left up to the couple.

Speaking to Town and Country Magazine, Bruce explained: ‘It’s very much a matter for the bride and the groom.’

St George’s Chapel in Windsor, where the couple will marry on May 19, has a capacity of 800 people compared to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s venue of Westminster Abbey which can hold 1,900.

The Royal Household have said that Harry and Meghan's wedding is expected to be a more low-key affair that Kate and William's
The Royal Household have said that Harry and Meghan’s wedding is expected to be a more low-key affair that Kate and William’s

Bruce added: ‘The thing about Prince Harry is that he’s not seen to be in the direct line of succession, and therefore the pressure on him to invite the long list of people, who had to be asked to the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is not present.’

According to Bruce the bride and groom will also received assistance from The Lord Chamberlain’s Office when it comes to organising the seating plan.

The pair are likely to follow the tradition of having the groom’s family on the right and the bride’s to the left; close family will sit in the choir section to the front of the chapel.

The ceremony is expected to be a smaller one that that of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the capacity of just 800 compared to Westminster Abbey's 1,900
The ceremony is expected to be a smaller one that that of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the capacity of just 800 compared to Westminster Abbey’s 1,900

Royal Household sources have made clear that Prince Harry’s nuptials were not a state occasion and would be, by royal standards at least, a more low-key, family affair than the wedding of his parents or brother.

‘Although the wedding is being attended by the Queen, it isn’t an official, state occasion. It is a family event,’ the source said, adding that US president Donald Trump is unlikely to receive an invite.

‘Unless the President was a close personal friend, which he is not, there would be no protocol, no reason for him to be invited. Harry and Meghan have made clear that this is very much an occasion and a celebration for their close family and friends.’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry at St George's Chapel in Windsor on May 19 and are predicted to opt for a 'traditional' seating plan
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on May 19 and are predicted to opt for a ‘traditional’ seating plan

Downing Street said it was a matter for the Royal Household. Previous royal weddings of those low down the succession list have not been attended by US presidents.

Source: DAILYMAIL MAILONLINE

Tags: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle

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