Royal wedding 2018: How to watch, what’s the date, time, where is it and will there be a bank holiday
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting married this year – with the eyes of the world on them as they tie the knot.
Seven years after Harry was best man for brother William’s wedding to Kate Middleton, there’s no doubt it will be the wedding of the year.
When Harry and Meghan announced their engagement to a flurry of excitement in November, they set a rough date for their royal wedding – just days after Harry had popped the question over roast chicken.
But there’s a lot the lovebirds need to sort out – and here’s everything you need to know about getting involved.
What date and time are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle getting married?
Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding day will be Saturday, May 19, Kensington Palace has confirmed.
The couple had initially promised a Spring wedding when they announced their engagement, narrowing it down to May the following day – and some hoped it might be on the Bank Holiday weekend of May 26 to give a three day weekend.
The date was officially confirmed as May 19 in December by Kensington Palace, with a statement released on Twitter.
And in February it was confirmed that the service will begin at midday.
Will the royal wedding be a bank holiday?
When Kate Middleton and Prince William got married the whole country celebrated with a bonus bank holiday.
However, this time round there won’t be – since Harry is lower down the line of succession.
There is some good news, however – pubs may be able to open until 1am on the special Saturday to help the happy couple celebrate.
How can I watch?
The wedding is expected to be shown on TV networks around the world, including on BBC, ITV and Sky News.
As the Mirror reports , the BBC has also waived the licence fee for local communities wanting to watch the ceremony, meaning that special events and parties in community centres, town halls and streets, where TV isn’t usually watched, will be able to play the ceremony without having to pay for a TV Licence.
Where will the wedding take place?
In November last year, Kensington Palace confirmed the wedding will take place at St George’s Chapel, in Windsor Castle. Prince Charles and Camilla had their blessing there in 2005 and it was where Harry was christened.
Ms Markle has been baptised and confirmed before the wedding takes place, with a small ceremony at the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace in early March. The Archbishop of Canterbury described it as “very special”.
Who will conduct the ceremony?
As reported in the Mirror , the Dean of Windsor, The Rt Reverend David Conner, will conduct the service, while The Most Reverend and Rt Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, will officiate as the couple make their marriage vows.
The couple are said to have been doing wedding preparation with him ahead of their marriage, and he officiated at Meghan’s baptism and confirmation.
What happens after the ceremony?
After the vows, a carriage procession will begin at 1pm.
The streets will be lined by members of the Windsor Castle Guard from 1st Battalion Irish Guards, Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving, The Royal Marines, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, The Royal Gurkha Rifles and RAF Honington.
After the procession, there will be a reception at St George’s Hall for the couple and guests from the congregation.
Later on, Harry’s father the Prince of Wales will host a private evening event for the couple and around 200 guests at Frogmore House.
Will Prince William be best man?
Strictly speaking, royals traditionally have a supporter rather than a best man.
But Prince William was officially confirmed as Harry’s “Best Man” in an announcement from Kensington Palace on 26 April – three days after the arrival of William and Kate’s third child .
The brothers are close, and William was always the obvious choice, particularly since Harry had performed the same role at his brother’s wedding in 2011.
His best man duties mean there is absolutely no chance William will be going to the FA Cup final.
Will Meghan’s dad walk her down the aisle?
When they announced their engagement, the couple said Harry was yet to meet Meghan’s dad – but he has spoken to him on the phone.
When we asked if he will be at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle to give Meghan away, he beamed: “Yes. I’d love to.”
It has been reported that Harry got approval from Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland before proposing, rather than following the old tradition of speaking to his girlfriend’s father.
The wedding ring
Meghan’s wedding band will be made from Welsh gold, following a royal tradition started by the Queen’s mother almost a century ago.
Gold from Welsh mines was first used for royal wedding rings in 1923 when King George VI married Elizabeth Bowes Lyon – the great-grandmother of groom-to-be Prince Harry.
Meghan’s ring will likely be made by jewellers Wartski at their London workshop.
Harry and Meghan are doing things their way and will be surrounded by family, friends and representatives of issues they care about on their big day – with no politicians to get in the way.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh , the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and Harry’s pals Tom Inskip , Thomas van Straubenzee , Arthur Landon and Guy Pelly will, of course, be on the groom’s side of the church, as well as The Duchess of Cambridge, who may or may not have the newest royal baby with her (as she has nannying on tap, we suspect not).
Natalie Pinkham , Ben Fogle and Joss Stone are also likely to be on Harry’s list. Kate’s sister Pippainvited Harry to her wedding last year, so it is likely she and husband James Matthews will be on the guestlist. It has also been reported Harry is inviting two of his ex girlfriends – Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas .
Sir Elton John has cancelled two concerts on the weekend of the royal wedding and appears set to attend.
Around 1,200 guests at the Royal wedding on May 19 will be members of the public from a range of backgrounds and ages, around half of whom will be in the service in St George’s Chapel, while the rest will be within the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Among them will be Hull’s St John Ambulance volunteer, Paul Hardy .
Will Meghan wear a tiara?
The Queen loaned Kate the 1936 Cartier halo tiara for her wedding day in 2011, and Meghan could also be loaned jewellery from the royal collection.
The actress always wears her grandma’s charm bracelet on her left wrist, so she’s likely to wear an heirloom from her own family as well as royal jewels on the big day.
And her stunning engagement ring, worth an estimated £50,000, was designed by Prince Harry and has a centre diamond from Botswana, where they went on holiday for her birthday. Either side is a diamond from his mother Princess Diana’s personal collection.
She will certainly leave with a ring on her finger – but Prince Harry probably won’t wear a wedding ring after their marriage.
Meghan Markle’s hen do
Meghan chatted about her hen do on two official engagements. On her visit to Cardiff, she said a hen do in the city would be “a lot of fun”. And on her trip to Edinburgh she told well wishers the bachelorette celebrations were “sorted”.
And it seems they were indeed – with Meghan reported to have spent three days at Cotswolds spa retreat Soho Farmhouse with some of her closest friends.
Prince Harry’s stag do
It was reported Harry had been planning a water-themed celebration with high-speed boats and water skiing in Exmouth, Devon, for brother William until the details being leaked sparked a last minute change of plan, so could that be the kind of do he’d love to have himself?
It has been claimed his close protection officers were spotted on a recce in posh Swiss skiing resort Verbier, where Prince Andrew has a £13million chalet and celebrity-owned La Vache is a favourite bar.
But with his love of privacy, he’s likely to follow William, who had a quiet stag do in Norfolk, and have a bash at a private country house. Hot favourite locations are Cornwall – he has regularly hung out at Rock with his private school pals – or Anglesey where his brother used to live in a cottage with wife Kate.
The wedding cake
Harry and Meghan’ unique cake will be made by pastry chef Claire Ptak, – owner of London hipster hotspot Violet Bakery. It was announced in March that the centrepiece desert will be a lemon elderflower cake to incorporate the bright flavours of spring.
It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.
Royal wedding flowers
The flowers in St George’s Chapel and at the formal reception which follows will be provided by self-taught florist Philippa Craddock. She will work with florists from St George’s Chapel and Buckingham Palace to turn white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves into show-stopping creations.
Some of the foliage will be gathered from The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park, with beech, birch and hornbeam expected to feature.
Wedding reception party music and first dance
As for the wedding song, Meghan is a big fan of pop. She lists English singer Sophie Ellis-Bextorand French band Christine and The Queens on her playlist of favourites, describing them as “a little euphonious pick-me-up”.
Source: hulldailymail co uk
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