Kensington Palace confirmed via Twitter on December 15 that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry on May 19, 2018. The couple’s decision to wed on a Saturday goes against tradition, as royal weddings usually take place on a weekday. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wed on a Friday and the Queen on a Thursday.
Although the public were given a day off to celebrate the weddings of Prince Charles to Diana Spencer in 1981, Prince William to Catherine Middleton in 2011, Prince Harry and his fiancée's choice to wed on May 19 Saturday avoids the issue of whether or not the royal wedding should be a bank holiday.
Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle marry at Windsor – the sixteenth Royal Wedding celebrated in the castle grounds since 1863.
Following the Wedding Service of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, the newly married couple will travel around Windsor in a horse-drawn carriage, providing an opportunity for members of the public to see them and join in with celebrations.
The carriage is an Ascot Landau, described as a “wonderfully bright, small, lovely carriage, very easy for people to see – the passengers can sit up quite high. So there's lots of visibility for everybody.”
Meghan's wedding dress is designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller, Artistic Director of Givenchy.
Meghan Markle has Welsh gold wedding ring, a gift from the Queen.
Instrument of Consent
Buckingham Palace has shared an image of the Instrument of Consent, the hand-written document which records Her Majesty The Queen's consent to the Marriage of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle.
Best man, Bridesmaids and page boys
Princess Charlotte is a bridesmaid and Prince George a page boy at the Royal Wedding, among four boys and six girls who play a part in the ceremony.
Prince Harry asked brother Prince William to be his best man at his wedding. When Prince William tied the knot to Kate Middleton in 2011, he selected Prince Harry for the honour.
Ms. Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St George's Chapel on her wedding day. The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way.
Budget & who pays the wedding?
The royal wedding is expected to cost in excess of £2 million (¥17 million). Security costs like snipers and undercover police that, alone, could add up to 30 million pounds ($40.7 million).
The royal family announced that it will pay for the "core aspects of the wedding," which include the "church service, the associated music, flowers, decorations and the reception afterwards."
Meghan Markleis reportedly expected to pay for her wedding dress herself.
Roundup of Traditions in British Royal Wedding
A sprig of Myrtle in the bouquet
Queen Victoria was clearly quite the trend setter for royal brides. Victoria carried a sprig of myrtle, since this special flora is an emblem of love and good fortune in marriage. Victoria received the plant from Prince Albert’s grandmother and brought it back from Germany.
Wedding rings of Welsh Gold
The wedding rings of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, The Queen, Princess Margaret, Princess Anne, and Diana, Princess of Wales were all made from the same nugget of Welsh gold, which came from a Welsh mine.
For her wedding to Prince Albert on 10 April 1840, Queen Victoria did not wear a tiara, instead wearing a wreath of orange blossom, an emblem of chastity.
Wreath of orange blossom
The Bride lays her bouquet at the tomb of the unknown warrior
After saying “I do” to King George VI in 1923, the former Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon placed her bouquet at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey to honor her brother who died during World War I. Every royal bride since Queen Elizabeth (the current Queen Elizabeth’s mother) has left her bouquet in the same spot after the ceremony.
Elizabethand Philip: 1947
Hundreds of thousands of people thronged London's streets to cheer future Queen Elizabeth II, then a 21-year-old princess, as she married.
It was the first British royal wedding to be filmed and broadcast live on BBC radio, with 200 million people tuning in, according to the palace.
Charlesand Diana: 1981
The marriage of the heir to the throne Prince Charles, then 32, to 20-year-old "Lady Di" on July 29, 1981 resolved the "problem of his prolonged bachelorhood".
Diana's youth, beauty and common touch played an enormous part in the worldwide enthusiasm for the wedding, which was beamed to 750 million viewers worldwide in 50 countries.
Williamand Kate: 2011
A million people lined London's streets and two billion TV viewers worldwide watched as Kate Middleton swept up the aisle, a "commoner" about to become a princess.