When is the royal wedding â" date, time and Meghan Markle wedding dress predictions
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting married in one monthâs time â" so what better time to recap on their wedding plans?
From Meghanâs wedding dress to her bridesmaids to Harryâs best man, what food they choose and what their floral arrangements will look like â" questions have been endless since their November engagement last year.
On Saturday 19 May, Harry will marry his American actress fiancee Meghan at St Georgeâs Chapel in Windsor in front of both of their families and the entire world.
With details slowly being revealed ahead of their big day, there are still plenty of plans which are shrouded in secrecy.
But to tide you over until the big day, here are all of the crucial wedding details you need to knowâ¦
When is the royal wedding date?Advertisement Advertisement
Harry and Meghan will tie the knot on Saturday 19 May.
By choosing a Saturday, theyâve gone against tradition â" royal weddings usually take place on a weekday. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wed on a Friday and the Queen on a Thursday.
May 19 is also the day in 1536 when Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I, was executed on Tower Green for alleged adultery.
Where are they getting married?
After their engagement announcement, it was revealed they would be tying the knot at St Georgeâs Chapel in Windsor Castle.
They will say âI doâ in the historic surrounds of the Castleâs 15th century St Georgeâs Chapel.
However, if youâre hoping to make a weekend of it and head to Windsor to glimpse Meghan in her dress, youâll be in with a hard task of finding a hotel: practically all of them sold out before Christmas.
Ms Markle, who is to become a British citizen, has also been both baptised and confirmed ahead of the relig ious ceremony. This took place at the beginning of March.
Where is Windsor Castle and how to visit
The royal wedding is taking place in Windsor, with thousands of spectators expected to descent on the town to celebrate with the happy couple â" and thatâs not including the thousands that are invited to their actual wedding.
With Saturday 19 May just a stoneâs throw away, itâs got royal fans wondering just where Windsor Castle actually is.
So where is Windsor Castle?
Well, the clue is in the name. The royal residence of Windsor Castle is found in the centre of the historic market town of Windsor.
Hereâs where Windsor is on the map â" right in the middle of London, Reading, Maidenhead and Weybridge.
And hereâs where the castle is in the town, so you can get an idea of how centrally located it is.
What is there to do at the castle?
Thereâs plenty to see and do at Windsor Castle, which is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world.
Explore the stunning grounds, visit the State Apartments or check out Harry and Meghanâs ceremony venue â" St Georgeâs Chapel.
The Queen spends most of her private weekends there, so you may even catch a glimpse if youâre lucky!
For more information, visit the official website.
What are the opening times?
1 November â" 28 February
Opening time: 09:45
Last admission: 15:00
Closing time: 16:15
1 March â" 31 October
Opening time: 09:30
Last admission: 16:00
Closing time: 17:15
Please note: Windsor Castleâs website states that the Admission Centre is busiest from opening until 11:30, so you may want to consider arriving after this time.
Entrance to the State Apartments and Queen Maryâs Dollsâ House closes 30 minutes after the last admission time.
How much do the tickets cost?
Standard Ticket Prices
Over 60 / Student (with valid ID) Â£19.30
Under 17 / Disabled Â£12.30
Under 5 Free
Family Â£54.70 (2 adults and 3 under 17s)
Ticket Prices when the State Apartments are closed
Over 60 / Student (with valid ID) Â£10.60
Under 17/ Disabled Â£7.20
Under 5 Free
Family Â£30.60 (2 adults and 3 under 17s)
To benefit from a Family discount, you must add two Adult tickets and a minimum of two Under 17 tickets to your basket.
The income from ticket sales contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity.
Buy tickets online here.
How can I get there?
This obviously depends on whereabouts youâre starting from, but if you are wanting to get the train, from London you can be at Windsor & Eaton Riverside â" the closest train station to the castle â" in just under one hour, direct from London Waterloo.
For more information on how to get there, visit the official website.
If, however, youâd like to marvel from afar, you can see Windsor Castle from The Shardâs Viewing Gallery in Southwark, south London.
When did they get engaged?Advertisement Advertisement
Harry and Meghan announced their engagement on Monday 27 November.
A statement was released via Clarence house on behalf of Prince Charles of Wales.
Following the announcement of their engagement, they released official engagement portrait photographs.
These photos were taken in the grounds of Frogmore House by photographer Alexi Lubomirski.
Hereâs a reminder of Harry and Meghanâs official engagement pictures (and that Â£46,650 Ralph & Russo dress Meghan w ore), just in case youâve forgotten all about them.
What is Meghanâs engagement ring like and how much is it worth?
First thingâs first, if you need a reminder of what the ring looks like (we donât believe you havenât been staring longingly at pictures of it every day like us for one second, by the way), check it out here:
Romantic Prince Harry designed the ring himself, using diamonds which belonged to his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.
The two outside stones came from the late princessâ personal collection and are a poignant tribute to Diana in the year of the 20th anniversary of her death.
At the centre of the ring is a large diamond from Botswana, a country that holds special significance for Harry, who has visited many times since he was a child.
It is also a place where the couple has spent time together over the last year and a half, Kensington Palace said.
Like his grandfather, Harry opted against using a colou red gemstone in Meghanâs engagement ring.
The jeweller behind the most photographed bling since Prince William got down on bent knee to Kate Middleton in 2010 has vowed never to make a ring like it again.Advertisement
Jeweler Cleave And Company created Meghanâs stunning three-stone engagement ring with and creative eye of Prince Harry.
âWeâre not going to be making replicas of it,â Stephen Connelly, the Cleave And Company director, told the Associated Press. âIf you want a ring, then weâll design you a different one.â
As well as letting Meghan revel in her unique design that nobody else will have, Connelly also admitted that the reaction to her band had been âa bit of a shockâ â" so they might not be able to handle the hysteria that would come if they actually did start churning out replicas.
A beaming Ms Markle showed off the sparkling jewels at an open-air photocall in the Palaceâs Sunken Garden.
Deborah Papas of C hannel 4 show Posh Pawn estimates: âDepending on the quality, it could easily be valued as high as Â£250,000.â
While a monetary value can be estimated by gemologists, as with all of the royal engagement rings â" considering the history and the owners of the stunning pieces â" their real value is surely priceless.
Harry is not the only royal to design his bride-to-beâs engagement ring using jewels that belonged to his mother.
The Duke of Edinburgh designed an engagement ring for the Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, in 1947.
The Duke had the ring made by the jewellers Philip Antrobus Ltd, using diamonds from a tiara belonging to his mother, Princess Alice of Greece.
When Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, he gave her Dianaâs famous sapphire and diamond engagement ring.
He hid the priceless heirloom in a rucksack so he could pop the question on holiday in Kenya.
What time are they tying the knot?
Meghan and Harryâs wedding ceremony will be taking place at midday on 19 May.
It has been confirmed that the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will marry the couple as they take their vowels.
The Rt Rev David Conner, Dean of Windsor, will conduct the service at the Castleâs 15th century chapel.
Meghan and Harry are getting married in front of 800 wedding guests.
Will their wedding clash with the 2018 FA Cup Final?
Football fans can breathe a sigh of relief as the happy coupleâs ceremony will not clash with the 2018 FA Cup Final, which usually kicks off at around 5.30pm.
What will the wedding be like?
Palace aides have already said that the Prince and Ms Markleâs wedding will âreflect their characters and personalitiesâ and be a moment of âfun and joyâ.
The royal family are paying for the wedding, including the church service, the music, the flowers and the reception.
But the securit y costs, estimated at Â£30,000,000, for the high-profile event are falling to the taxpayer.
The Queen will be there, as will the rest of the royal family, along with Ms Markleâs parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland.
What will happen after the ceremony?
New plans revealed by Kensington Palace show the public will be able to spot the couple when they take an open carriage ride through Windsor.
The palace said the couple are âhugely grateful for the many good wishes they have received since announcing their engagementâ, adding: âThey are very much looking forward to the day and to being able to share their celebrations with the public.â
At 1pm, the newlyweds will embark on a carriage procession along a route including Castle Hill, High Street, Sheet Street, Kings Road, Albert Road, Long Walk and finally Windsor Castle.
âThey hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day,â the palace said.
Concerns have been raised by some royal fans that the wedding in Windsor wonât allow for the iconic âkiss shotâ on the balcony of Buckingham Palace â" as seen at the wedding of William and Kate.
The happy couple announced in March that they are inviting 2,460 members of the public into the grounds of Windsor Castle to get an up close and personal view of the bride and groom on the big day.
A statement from Kensington Palace said: âPrince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have said they want their Wedding Day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too.
âThey are very much looking forward to the day and to being able to share their celebrations with the public.â
Throughout the day, there will also be involvement, in terms of both visual displays and music, from more than 250 members of the armed forces,
Where is the reception?
After the service, there will be a reception at St Georgeâs Hall for the couple and guests from the congregation.
Harry and Meghan will join their guests at the reception when they return from the carriage procession.
Later that evening, the Prince of Wales will give a private evening reception for the couple and 200 of their close friends and family and Frogmore House.
Frogmore House has proven to be an integral part of Harry and Meghanâs journey to becoming man and wife, also the location for their engagement photos.
Inside Frogmore House
The 17th-century English country house is owned by the Crown Estate and is currently uninhabited.
Kensington Palace confirmed the finer details of the day on Thursday in a string of tweets. They read: âInvitations to the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have been issued in the name of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
âGuests have been invited to the serv ice at St Georgeâs Chapel and to the lunchtime reception at St Georgeâs Hall, which is being given by Her Majesty The Queen.
âLater that evening, around 200 guests are being invited to the reception at Frogmore House given by The Prince of Wales.â
What is Frogmore House and where is it?
Situated in the Home Park of Windsor Castle on the Frogmore Estate, the Grade I listed building is just half a mile south of the castle, where Harry and Meghan will marry in St Georgeâs Chapel.
The house was originally bought for Queen Charlotte by her husband George III.
While it is currently uninhibited, over the years it was been used as a home for many of the royal family members until the late 18th century.
It is now used for private and official events and members of the public can also visit.
How can you visit Frogmore House?
Frogmore House is open to members of the public at limited times throughout the year.
The hou se is open for three days in the spring from 5 â" 7 June. On these days admission is from 10am to 5.30pm and all proceeds are donated to charity.
Pre-booked groups of 15 people or more can also visit the royal household from 1 â" 31 August on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays when the house is open from 10am to 5pm.
Prices range from Â£10.30 to Â£30 per person, depending on if you would like a private tour or not.
For more information, visit the Frogmore House website.
What about security?
Guests of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be faced with airport-style security checks and even metal barriers to deter vehicle attacks will be in place around Windsor.
The force policing Prince Harry and Meghan Markleâs big day have announced pretty extreme measures to protect the couple and their high-profile guests during the ceremony on May 19.
Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to flock to the Berkshire town for the event, which is expected to be the largest event policed by Thames Valley Police.
Assistant Chief Constable David Hardcastle, strategic commander for the wedding, said: âWe are proud to police the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. The Force has a long history of policing royal events from the annual Windsor Garter Ceremony to state visits and more recently Her Majesty the Queenâs 90th birthday.
âThe wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Markle is no exception.
âWe are working with our partners, local businesses and the community to deliver a safe, secure and happy event for everyone.â
Other security measures include an extensive network of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology and CCTV alongside hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) barriers to prevent the use of cars or vans in an attack.
Who is the best man?
One would assume the best man role would automatically go to Prince William, but this might not be the case.
The royal wedding is falling on the same day as the FA Cup Final 2018.
As President of the Football Association, Harryâs older brother the Duke of Cambridge usually attends the high-profile match and presents the trophy.
While it was reported that the FA and the royal family were trying to find a way for William to attend both events, it is now understood that William will not be attending the final and will remain with Harry instead.
Windsor Castle is less than 30 miles from Wembley Stadium and about an hourâs drive â" meaning that William would be away from the celebrations for a minimum of two hours if he was to dash off to present the silverware.
However, William was asked by DJ Roman Kemp in January about being best man and the second in line to the throne admitted he still hadnât been asked.
âHe hasnât asked me yet â" it could be a sensitive issue!â he joked.
Letâs hope he has by now!
Who are the br idesmaids?
Just like the radio silence on Harryâs best man, there is still no news on who Meghanâs lucky bridesmaids â" or her maid of hounour â" will be.
If she chooses to have a flower girl and a page boy, the chances are the roles will go to her future niece and nephew Princess Charlotte and Prince George.
Her best friend Jessica Mulroneyâs four-year-old daughter Ivy has also been tipped for the role of flower girl, while Jessica has been linked to a bridesmaid spot.
eghan has been pals with Jessica Mulroney ever since she moved to Toronto, Canada, to film Suits back in 2011.
The pair hit it off and Meghan has Instagrammed many, many photos of Jessica â" who runs the Kleinfeld bridal store in Toronto â" showing the pair of them having a great time.
Theyâve been on holiday together, taken road trips, hung out with Jessicaâs daughter and Meghan even took Jessica to meet Prince Harry at the Invictus G ames closing ceremony back in September.
Now thatâs a BFF.
Jessica will be well-versed to formal occasions too, given that she is the wife of Ben Mulroney, the oldest son of Mila and Brian Mulroney, a former Prime Minister of Canada.
A hot contender to be Meghanâs maid of honour, Lindsay Roth is undoubtedly going to be one of her bridesmaids.
Meghan was Lindsayâs MOH at her wedding back in 2016, so it only seems fair Meghan repays the favour.
When she married Trevor Engelson in 2011, her maid of honour was childhood best friend Ninaki Priddy â" but the pair have since fallen out. So the spot is wide open.
The Baywatch actress is a close friend of Meghan Markle âs and a hot favourite to be one of her bridesmaids.
The pair met at a party in Toronto, Canada, where Meghan was filming suits in 2015.
After Meghan then interviewed Priyanka for her lifestyle blog The Tig, the pair hit it off and have shared social media snaps of each other an number of times on Instagram.
The former Made In Chelsea star is a well-connected socialite and is clearly a firm friend Of Meghanâs.
Itâs unclear how they met, but last summer Meghan shared a snap of them riding a pair of bikes while enjoying downtime at Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire in The Cotswolds.
Meghan captioned the snap fondly: âThe best afternoon with @milliemackintoshofficial â" so proud of you, darling.â
Sheâll be able to get some tips in hanging out with royalty at a wedding if she is one of Meghanâs bridesmaids, as last May MICâs Spencer Matthews found himself as the best man at his brotherâs marriage to Pip pa Middleton, the younger sister of Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge.
Meghan said herself how âlovelyâ Kate Middleton had been to her, advising her on how to deal with her new role as a future royal wife.
Given that sheâs going to be her sister-in-law â" and the fact most of her friends will be based in the US or Canada â" Meghan could opt to choose Kate as one of her bridesmaids.
Of course, if Kate was to be her main bridesmaid, she wouldnât be able to call herself a Maid Of Honour â" she would be Meghanâs Matron Of Honour, given the fact she is married to Prince William.
But itâs also rather unlikely that Kate will get the role, considering she hasnât known Meghan as long as the former actressâ other friends and the fact she is the future queen consort, so itâs not too likely sheâll be looking out for another royal bride.
It is more likely that her daughter Princess Charlotte will be a bridesmaid for her uncleâs wedding.
But this is thought to be unlikely â" the Duchess of Cambridge was not her sister Pippaâs matron of honour at her wedding in May as she did not want to upstage her.
Prince Harry and Prince Williamâs step-sister, Laura Lopes, is another name that has been thrown into the hat as one of Meghanâs bridesmaids.
Laura and husband Harry Lopesâ daughter Eliza was one of Kateâs bridesmaids for her wedding to Prince William on 29 April 2011.
Itâs almost certain she and Harry will be attending Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markleâs wedding day, but will Meghan really ask her to be a brides maid for Harry?
Fashion designer Misha Nonoo is another contender to be one of Meghanâs faithful maids.
Given that she is rumoured to have introduced Harry and Meghan, she probably stands in good stead to be honoured with a role in their wedding.
Her fashion background means she will have been a helpful hand for Meghan when it comes to choosing the bridesmaidsâ dresses, too.
Tennis champion Serena Williams is also a close friend of Meghanâs and another contender for the role.
They have both gushed over each other on social media, with Meghan sharing photos of her supporting Serena at her clothing launch last summer.
What about the hen and stag dos?
Little is known of Prince Harryâs stag do, but Meghanâs already had part one of her hen do.
She celebrated by spending two nights in the Cotswolds countryside with close girlfriends at the start of the month.
But sheâ s also thought to be having a slightly bigger hen do â" which is likely to include her mum and Kate Middleton, who were both unable to make her first knees-up â" in the run-up to her big day.
Whoâs invited to the wedding?
While there might be over 2,000 members of the public going, Meghan and Harry will also be inviting close family and friends, who will no doubt include a few famous faces.
The royal wedding invites were posted at the end of March but if you havenât received yours yet, donât fret â" it seems Meghanâs dad is still waiting for an invitation and heâs meant to be walking her down the aisle!
Here, we take a look at the likely invitees â" and those who have been royally snubbed.
Those rumoured to be on the invite list at the moment include The Spice Girls, with Mel B appearing to admit they had received an invite in the post (and the invites came in boxes!).
Appearing on The Real in February, Scary Spice was asked whether she knew anyone who was invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markleâs upcoming nuptials, as she meekly nodded and confirmed The Spice Girls had been.
âI donât know if I should have said that,â Mel said as the panel proceeded to lose their shit and jump about the place. She then added: âWhy am I so honest?â
The singer was then quizzed on the invitation and she said it was âproperâ and came in a box.
But Mel didnât reveal if the girls would be performing at the wedding or not and since her so-called confession, bandmate Mel C has insisted her B equivalent was just âjokingâ. Hmm.
Elton John is also believed to have landed a spot on the invite list, although he revealed last month that heâs still patiently waiting for an invite.
However, given he was a close friend of Harryâs mother Diana, Princess Of Wales and performed at her funeral, itâs likely he will be invited, along with husband David Furnish. In fact, heâs even expected to be performing for the newlyweds.
Elton fuelled the rumours when he cancelled his Las Vegas tour dates that fell over the same weekend as the royal nuptials. He also lives just down the road from Windsor Castle so wonât have to find a hotel.
Other famous faces who have been linked to performing at the wedding include Ellie Goulding, Craig David and Sam Smith.
Another famous face likely to be in attendance is Millie Mackintosh, who is even rumoured to be one of Meghanâs bridesmaids. Other famous bridesmaids who will also have made the guest list include Serena Williams and Priyanka Chopra.
Piers Morgan is also hoping for an invite, after he revealed he and Meghan used to be âdrinking buddiesâ when she was dating Prince Harry.
And while Ant and Dec had admitted they w ere quietly hoping they might just squeeze in on the B-list â" that one reserved for the evening guests â" itâs now unlikely, considering Ant is recovering in rehab after being caught drink driving last month.
Ant, 42, had told The Sun: âWeâve interviewed Prince Harry a few times but itâs not like weâre big mates, so we wouldnât expect to be invited.â
Dec, also 42, joked: âMaybe weâll get to go to the night-time do!
âOtherwise weâll have to watch it on the telly like everyone else. The FA Cup final then the Royal Wedding â" what a top day thatâs going to be!â
Other celebrities that are thought to be invited include David and Victoria Beckham, Sophie Ellis-Bexter, James Blunt and Joss Stone.
Donald Trump had remained open to the idea he he might be on the guest list back in January, revealed he was ânot aware ofâ any invite in his name just yet .
It was also understood former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama had bagged themselves spots in St Georgeâs Chapel after Harry, 33, became friends with the former US President and his wife after bonding with them at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada, in September.
The bond is so close that the Prince chose to interview Obama for his guest editorship of Radio 4âs Today programme in December last year.
However, it has now been revealed that no international leaders or politicians are getting an invite as the royal couple only want to invite guests they know personally.
It has been speculated that this decision was made as Trump was unlikely to get an invite and it could have caused tension if the Obamas were asked to come.
The young couple are said to openly dislike the US president, with Meghan tweeting criticism of Trump during last yearâs US election and having previously spoken passionately about her disdain for him on US TV.
Itâs not the done thing usually but Prince Harry stayed in touch with exes Cressida Bonas, Chelsy Davy and Ellie Goulding and they are so friendly, heâs apparently invited all them to his wedding.
âHarry has stayed good friends with Chelsy and Cressida, so they will be there,â one of Harryâs friends told Daily Mail.
âHe made sure there were no hard feelings when they split up. I donât think Meghan will mind.â
Harry dated Ms Davy, 32, for seven years and then moved on to Ms Bonas, 29, who he was with for a further two years.
Ellie dated Harry just before he wooed Meghan and she even had to deny she was pregnant with his baby on live TV, has also received an invite in the post.
To be fair, Ellie will know how to behave at a royal wedding, seeing as she was also invited to sing at the Duke and Duchess Of Cambridgeâ s nuptials in April 2011.
Ellieâs invited reportedly extends to her 26-year-old boyfriend Caspar Jopling, who studied at Eton College, where Harry and William were educated.
A source told The Sun: âEllie has stayed good pals with Harry and is obviously really excited.
âShe has no plans to perform this time but just wants to celebrate her friendâs marriage. Princess Eugenieâs also a close friend, so sheâll fit right in.â
The exes who managed to bag an invite to Prince Harry's wedding
Chelsy Davy was Harryâs first serious girlfriend, with the pair dating on and off from 2004 to 2011.
The Zimbabwean national was believed to be âthe oneâ.
Chelsy studied at the University Of Cape Town, before moving to Leeds University to study Law to be closer to Harry.
Itâs believed sheâs now working for ethically-sourced jewellery company, Aya Africa, in Zambia.
Later that year, Harry dated actress Cressida Bonas from 2012 to 2014, apparently introduced by Princess Eugenie in May 2012.
She is an aristocrat herself, the granddaughter of Edward Curzon, 6th Earl Howe.
Their romance hit headlines in 2012, with Cressida believed to have been furious with Harry after he was pictured playing strip billiards in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2012, along with a bevvy of other women.
One year after their split, rumours started circulating in September 2015 that they had reconciled, with reports instead suggesting she had ditched Harry to focus on her acting career but had then had a change of heart.
Most recently she was pictured filming some rather cosy scenes for James Arthurâs music video for new single Naked.
She also made headlines for posting a rather cryptic message in the wake of Harryâs engagement news.
Cressida posted a meme to her Instagram account, captioned âTruthâ, which read: âNo ma tter how educated, talented, rich or cool you believe you are, how you treat people ultimately tells it all.â
Ellie Goulding is Harryâs most recent ex before he wined and dined Meghan Markle.
It was rumoured they were dating, although never confirmed. They met back in 2011 at the Radio 1 Big Weekend, and over the years became firm friends, with her even performing at the wedding of Prince William and Kate.
In 2015 things were said to have escalated, when they were reportedly spotted âcanoodlingâ under a blanket at the polo.
And then this happened:
Wondering if Meghanâs ex-husband Trevor Engelson will also get an invite?
Itâs unlikely, considering theyâre not exactly on good terms after TV producer Mr Engleson decided to create a new show about a divorced American woman who marries someone from the Royal family.
However, golfer Rory McIlroy, who Meghan was briefly linked to in August 2014 , is likely to be heading to Windsor in May.
While all of Harryâs family is expected to be invited to watch him marry Meghan, the former Suits actress isnât being quite as laissez faire when it comes to her family.
Itâs understood her sister-in-law, nephew and step-brother Tom Markle Junior are not getting invite, nor her step-sister Samantha Markle.
Her mum Doria Ragland will be by her side on the day and her father, Thomas Markle, is expected to walk her down the aisle.
However, this week, Samantha took to Twitter and claimed that none of the Markles are yet to receive an invite, meaning Thomas might still be waiting for his. Only time will tell if all of the Markles do secure invites.
Princess Beatrice and Eugenieâs mother Fergie was snubbed from the Duke and Duchess Of Cambridgeâs nuptials and the same would happen for Meghan and Harryâs.
But it has been claimed that Fergie is, in fact, invited.
According to the Daily Express, Harry insisted his aunt â" who was a close friend of his later mother Princess Dianaâs â" should attend their big day.
Itâs being thought of as a way of healing âbroken family tiesâ, formerly caused by Fergie and Prince Andrewâs split.
Of the 2,640 members of the public who have been invited to the royal wedding for their services to their communities, a number of them have come forward to tell their story of receiving the invite.
Here are 11 of the lucky invitees and why they were invited.
What is Meghanâs dress like?
Top secrecy surrounds Meghanâs wedding dress, as one would expect of any bride, let alone a royal bride.
It was rumoured back in December that it could be the creation of Israeli designer Inbal Dror after the fashion house revealed theyâd been asked to submit designs for Meghanâs dress by Buckingham Palace.
It has a lso been rumoured that Alexander McQueen could land a double whammy and create Meghanâs dress after Sarah Burton created Kateâs for McQueen for Prince Williamâs 2011 wedding.
The dress designer contenders
It was rumoured back in December that Meghanâs wedding dress could be the creation of Israeli designer Inbal Dror.
The fashion house revealed theyâd been asked to submit designs for Meghanâs dress by Buckingham Palace shortly after Meghan and Harryâs engagement in November.
Whether their designs were favoured by the Palace is another question altogether.
Jenny Swire, contributing fashion director at Wedding Venues Magazine, believes Meghan may go for an American designer like Caroline Herrera.
âI donât think it will be anything like Kate Middletonâsâ, she added, comparing her frock to Kateâs lace and full-skirted c hoice,â Swire suggested.
âI imagine her in something glamorous, almost red carpet in way â" probably something bias-cut.
âBut she may just decide âItâs always been my dream to have a princess wedding dress and Iâm marrying my prince so Iâd like to wear a really traditional dressâ.
âShe may be very demure, with long sleeves and lace and a beautiful ballgown skirt.â
Oscar de la Renta
Swire also predicts that Meghan could opt for Oscar de la Renta, still swaying towards her choosing a designer from her native America.
âIâm sure it wouldnât be anything too heavily bridal and traditional just because sheâs such a fashion girl and itâs her second wedding,â Swire added.
Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
It has also been rumoured that Alexander McQueen could land a double whammy and create Meghanâs dress after Sarah Burton created Kateâs for McQue en for Prince Williamâs 2011 wedding.
Meghan going down this route would be a subtle nod of respect to her future sister-in-law, however it may also be viewed as her trying to match Kateâs status.
It is understood that, whatever design Meghan has chosen, her gown will not be as expensive as Kateâs Â£250,000 frock as a mark of respect to the future queen consort.
However, nothing more is known of the frock Meghan will say âI doâ in â" apart from the fact sheâs apparently started having her fittings at Kensington Palace. TOO EXCITING!
All eyes will surely also be on what Meghanâs mum Doria Ragland is wearing, given she will be taking up the crucial role of mother of the bride.
What about the cake?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen a London-based Californian baker to create their royal wedding cake.
Pastry chef Claire Ptak, the owner of Violet Bakery in London, was revealed as the baker for their May nuptia ls by Kensington Palace today.
The happy couple have gone with a lemon and elderflower creation which will be covered in buttercream and fresh flowers.
And theyâre very much looking forward to âsharing the cake with guestsâ on their big day.
A statement from Kensington Palace read: âPrince Harry and Ms. Markle have asked Claire to create a lemon elderflower cake that will incorporate the bright flavours of spring. It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.
âClaire Ptak, who was raised in California, focuses on using seasonal and organic ingredients in her cakes. Ms. Markle previously interviewed Chef Ptak for her former lifestyle website The Tig.â
The statement added: âPrince Harry and Ms. Markle are looking forward to sharing the cake with guests at their wedding at Windsor Castle on May 19th.â
If you fancy trying your hand at making your own lemon and elderflower-inspired wedding cake, check o ut a recipe right here.
Who is Claire Ptak?
Food stylish and pastry chef Claire Ptak was raised in California but moved to London to open a bakery.
She focuses on using seasonal and organic ingredients in her cakes and Meghan was such a fan of her creations in California, she previously interviewed her for her former lifestyle website The Tig.
What has she said about baking for the royal wedding?
âI canât tell you how delighted I am to be chosenâ¦Knowing that they really share the same values as I do about food provenance, sustainability, seasonality and most importantly flavour, makes this the most exciting event to be a part of.â
Where is her bakery based?
If you fancy sampling how good Harry and Meghanâs cake will be, head to 47 Wilton Way, Hackney, in London (postcode: E8 3ED) and eat your heart out.
She also heads to Broadway Market in Hackney on Saturdays.
And the flowers?
Prince Harry and M eghan Markle have picked a luxury London-based florist to provide bouquets for their wedding next month.
Floral designer Philippa Craddock, will create the church arrangements at St Georgeâs Chapel for the 19 May royal wedding, according to Kensington Palace.
The displays will feature white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves from The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park.
Craddock said in a statement: âI am excited and honoured to have been chosen by Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle to create and design their wedding flowers.
âWorking with them has been an absolute pleasure. The process has been highly collaborative, free-flowing, creative and fun.
âThe final designs will represent them as couple, which I always aim to achieve in my work, with local sourcing, seasonality and sustainability being at the forefront.â
Craddock, who has a studio in Fulham and a shop in Selfridges, is known for her work with British Vogue, Alexander McQu een and Dior.
Her wedding flower arrangements start at Â£5,000.
After the ceremony, Harry and Meghan have arranged for the displays to be given to various charitable organisations.
Whatâs this about Meghan doing a speech?
It was speculated in January that Meghan will be giving a speech in tribute to Prince Harry on the big day.
Itâs likely her father, who is thought to be shy, wonât be doing a father-of-the-bride speech and she will be speaking instead.
Who is walking Meghan down the aisle?
While it had been rumoured that Meghan had asked her mum to walk her down the aisle, it was later claimed that Thomas Markle, her father, would be taking on the traditional role for the father of the bride.
However, new reports then claimed estranged Thomas may not even attend the wedding and that Prince William could be in line to walk his future sister-in-law down the aisle.
As Prince Harryâs elder brother and the future King, it wouldnât be too strange for Meghan to be lead to Harry by William.
When King George VI â" Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaretâs father â" died in 1952, Princess Margaret married eight years later and didnât have her father to walk her down the aisle.
The Queenâs husband Prince Philip, who she had been married to for 13 years before her younger sister married, stepped in and escorted his sister in law down the aisle.
If Prince William were to echo what his grandfather did for his great aunt, it would be a nod to the history of the royal family, as well as their traditions.
Even so, with it now reported Thomas is coming, itâs highly likely he will be walking his daughter down the aisle.
Is Elton John performing?
Itâs hotly rumoured that Elton John will be the guest of honour on Meghan and Harryâs big day, performing for the newlyweds.
He performed at Diana, Princess Of Walesâ funeral and attended Princ e William and Kate Middletonâs wedding in 2011, so itâs expected he will be in the crowds on 19 May for Harry and Meghan.
But itâs likely he wonât just be a guest at the ceremony, with reports claiming Elton will be putting on a show, too.
Earlier in February he added fuel to the fire when he cancelled two of his Las Vegas gigs â" 18 and 19 May â" at Caesars Palace. Of course this could just be coincidence.
Itâs unclear exactly who is on Meghan and Harryâs guest list but Elton has previously said âit would be niceâ to attend the nuptialsâ. Let âs just hope he gets an inviteâ¦
A wedding gift
Whether youâre invited or not, if youâre keen to get Harry and Meghan a gift to take with them into married life, the pair have been clear about what they would like.
A statement was released by Kensington Palace explaining that the royal couple would like charity donations from any guests or well-wishers.
The statement read: âPrince Harry and Meghan Prince Harry & Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill they have received since their engagement, & have asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion of their wedding considers giving to charity, instead of sending a gift.
âThe couple have personally chosen 7 charities which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about, including sport for social change, womenâs empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces.â
The charities are: CHIVA (Childrenâs HIV Association), Crisis, Myna Mahila Foundation, Scottyâs Little Soldiersâ, StreetGamesâ, Surfers Against Sewage and The Wilderness Foundation UK.
What will Meghanâs title be when she marries Prince Harry?
There has also been talk over what Meghanâs title be when she marries Prince Harry.
While the Royal Family are yet to confirm whether Harry will b ecome a Duke upon marriage, historians have speculated what her name will change to when she marries Prince Harry in spring 2018.
If Harry retains his current rank â" His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales â" itâs believed Meghan will take on the feminine version of his title, becoming known as Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales.
But if Harry becomes a Duke upon marriage, as he is widely expected to, Meghan will therefore become a Duchess, just like Kate Middleton became Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge upon marriage to Prince William, Duke Of Cambridge.
Royal Historian Marlene Koenig wrote on the blog Royal Musings that Meghan is most likely to become the Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex if, as it is widely believed, Harry takes the vacant rank of Duke Of Sussex.
âMeghan would be HRH the Duchess of Sussex,â Joenig has previously told Royal Contral. âHer rank would be a princess by marriage of the United Kingdom, Great Britain and Northern Ire land.â
This view is actually shared by a number of experts who previously predicted the title, that has sat vacant since 1843, would be given to Prince William before he became the Duke of Cambridge.
Other titles available are Clarence and Buckingham.
Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge â" who was just known as Kate Middleton before the married Prince William, Duke Of Cambridge in April 2011 â" could also go by the name of HRH Princess William of Wales if she wished.
One thing is for sure â" Meghan wonât be given the title of a Princess. While she will become a princess by marriage, for someone to assume the title of Princess, they must be born into the Royal Family, just like Princess Charlotte is a Princess because of her fatherâs status.
What about the weather? Will it be sunny?
According to AccuWeather Inc, a media company that provides weather forecasting services worldwide, Saturday 19 May wonât be too shabby, with a high of 1 7 Â°C and a low of 8 Â°C.
But thanks to the good old British weather, anyoneâs guess is as good as the weather manâs when it comes to predicting what will really happen with the weather.
With this in mind, weâve turned to trusty history to make a judgement call on what Meghan and Harry should expect for their big day.
So, is 19 May a good weather day to get married on?
Letâs take a look at what history tells us the weather is like in Windsor, Buckinghamshire on their wedding dateâ¦
19 May 2017 â" âWet throughout the day, gradually ceasing by late afternoon.â
19 May 2016 â" âDry and bright, then light and patchy rain spread from the west from late morning.â
19 May 2015 â" âSome sunshine, but also widespread showers, some with hail and thunder.â
19 May 2014 â" âDry, warm and sunny with the area r ecording 26 Â°C. Heavy showers broke out in the south-west by late morning and spread slowly east towards Berkshire.â.
19 May 2013 â" âBright with scattered rain in the morning.â
19 May 2012 â" âUnsettled, cool, windy and and spells of rain.â
19 May 2011 â" âLargely dry with the temperature reaching 20 Â°C in the area.â
19 May 2010 â" âLargely dry with prolonged sunshine.â
19 May 2009 â" âHeavy downpourâ.
19 May 2008 â" âHigh pressure, generally rather cool.â
Based on the above historical evidence, therefore, 19 May is typically a dry day in South-Eastern England, with perhaps the odd scattered shower or sunny spell.
Going by the law of averages, it looks like the happy couple may be in for some luck.
If it does rain, no doubt the royal household will have a smooth back-up plan and guests wonât have to get their hair drenched.
What about wedding merchandise?
As with any royal wedding, expect the high street to be inundated with royal wedding memorabilia.
While some of the items have got Palace-approval and are being sold in Kensington Palace, where Meghan and Harry live, such as tea towells, mugs and glasses, one item that surely hasnât are these Crown Jewel Condoms. Yep.
Weâve compiled a definitive guide on the best of the royal memorabilia on sale now â" click here to view it.
Will Kate have given birth before the wedding?
The Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth to her and Prince Williamâs third royal baby in April, meaning sheâll have time to recover before the big day.
The question nobody ever asks: Whoâs paying and how much is it going to cost?
If multiple zeros make you go a little light-headed, you might want to stop reading now.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markleâs wedding is expected to cost upwards ofâ¦ dun, dun, duuuuuuuuuuuuuunâ¦ Â£32million.
And you thought your friendâs Â£40,000 wedding was expensive?
Wedding planning website and app Bridebook.co.uk has expertly calculated that the overall cost (excluding security) is expected to be over Â£2,099,873 â" thatâs over 100 times as much as the national average, which is Â£17,913.
With security costing an eye-watering Â£30million, suddenly Meghan and Harry have got themselves a Â£32m wedding.
A total of 600 guests are expected to attend the ceremony and lunchtime reception, followed by 200 at a private evening reception for family and friends. There are also the 2,640 members of the public theyâve invited to think about, so itâs no surprise the wedding is on the expensive side.
A royal breakdown of Harry and Meghan's wedding
Venue â" Â£350,000
Harry and Meghan ar e tying the knot at St Georgeâs Chapel at Windsor Castle and luckily, they donât need to worry about paying for the privilege.
While their first receptions is to be held at St. Georgeâs Great Hall, their second reception is being held in a luxurious glass marquee (just like Pippa Middleton had at her nuptials last May) in the grounds of Frogmore House, near Windsor Castle, and these can cost as much as Â£300,000. Add on catering, security and staff adjoining marquees, it gets pretty pricey.
Catering â" Â£286,000
Catering will be needed for the formal lunch reception for state guests and the intimate dinner reception for close family and friends at Frogmore House. London caterers charge at least Â£100 per guest for a lunch reception and Â£300 per guest for a dinner reception, including all food, chefs, staffing and crockery hire.
If Meghan and Harry provide the 2,640 members of the public who theyâve invited with tea and scones in the grounds o f Windsor Castle, that will also set them back a few bob.
Drinks â" Â£193,000
According to Bridebook, the wedding standard is to serve one glass of champagne for every 30 minutes of the drinks reception, in addition to a minimum of half a bottle of wine per person during dinner. They predict around 1,700 bottles of vintage champagne and 650 bottles of fine wine, whiskey and cocktails to accompany dinner and dancing for the 800 plus guests.
While Buckingham Palaceâs wine cellars â" which boast contents worth a reported Â£2million â" will likely provide the champagne and fine wines for the wedding, they will still set the Queen back a few bob. The royal familyâs favourite champagne is Bollinger and that sells for Â£80 a go, equating to around Â£136,000 on bubbles. Throw in a few bottles of Prince Charlesâ favourite 15-year-old Laphroaig Scotch, some of Meghanâs favourite wine, Tignanello â" the wine she named her former lifestyle blog The Tig after â" it adds up pretty quickly.
Dress â" Â£300,000
We are unlikely to find out which designer Meghan has chosen for her wedding dress, but sheâs expected to spend around Â£300,000 on a bespoke dress and a tailor-made outfit for the evening.
Flowers â" Â£110,000
Thereâs no secret about Meghanâs love of flower â" especially peonies.
Considering Meghan and Harry are having their wedding in two locations, the cost of flowers is likely to jump. While us mere mortals would do the sensible thing and use the ceremony flowers during dinner and dancing too, itâs likely, with no expense spared, Meghan and Harry will deck all of their wedding venues out.
Photography & Videography- Â£17,000
The countryâs top wedding photographers could set you back around Â£4,500. Meghan and Harry will likely need more than one to ensure all angles are captured, not to mention a videographer so they have the moment on film to watch again and againâ¦ and again.
Cake â" Â£50,000
A stunningly-decorated cake from a top cake maker will start from Â£4,000 and will need to be at least eight tiers to give a slice to each of the 800 guests. Meghan and Harry have chosen Claire Ptak of Violet Bakery in East London and theyâve gone for a lemon and elderflower buttercream-frosted sponge.
Itâs also expected Harry and Meghan will go for more than one cake, which will only serve to bump up the cost.
Stationery â" Â£30,000
From save-the-dates to the invitations to name cards, menus and signage around the venue â" weddings require a lot of stationery.
Harry and Meghan have used Barnard and Westwood for their beautiful, bespoke invitations, which have now been sent to guests. A 200-piece Bespoke Stationery set from Barnard and Westwood exceeds the Â£10,000 mark. As the invites, which feature the Three-Feathered Badge of the Prince of Wales printed in gold ink, have gone out to 600 gues ts, itâs a pretty hefty price for invites.
Music â" Â£300,000
Music will feature heavily at their wedding â" from bell ringers to the organist and choirs in the church, to musicians for the reception and a top wedding band and DJ. Itâs even rumoured a top music act like Elton John â" or The Spice Girls, even â" could perform on the day, although whether theyâll charge for the privilege is another thing altogether. One thingâs for sure: the best in the business is an expensive business.
Trumpets â" Â£90,000
Prepare to hear the classic Royal Announcement âdun dun-dun-dun-duuunâ coming from 20 bespoke silver-plated fanfare trumpets, all stamped with the Royal Coat of Arms as requested by the Ministry Of Defence. Each of these will set the couple back between Â£3,000 and Â£6,000.
Decoration and Production â" Â£130,000
Weddings are all about the wow-factor so expect plenty of amazing lighting and production from the church to the reception to the intimate dinner at Frogmore House.
Wedding Rings â" Â£6,000
Meghanâs wedding ring will most likely be Welsh gold â" a tradition the royal family have held since 1923: the Queen holds a small amount of gold in the royal vaults. Kate Middletonâs wedding ring was created by royal warrant holder Wartski, with ties to Wales, and they are likely to do Meghanâs too.
Itâs expected that Harry will choose to wear a ring, unlike his grandfather Prince Phillip and brother Prince William. Prince Charles, however, does wear a gold band and Harry may follow suit.
Bridesmaids Outfits â" Â£5,000
While Kate only had sister Pippa Middleton as her bridesmaid and then younger flower girls, Meghan is expected to have around three or four, as is the growing trend in both the UK and US, where Meghan is from. A designer bridesmaid dress can cost as much as Â£1,000 â" thatâs not including all of the alterations that may be needed, which Bridebook has included in its quote.
Flower Girls and Page Boys Outfits â" Â£1,698
Flower girls and page boys are also expected to be in abundance at the royal wedding, with Prince George and Princess Charlotte expected to take center stage. Kateâs outfits for her flower girls and page boy outfits were created by Nicki Macfarlane.
Church Fees â" Â£175
Yep, Harry and Meghan will have to pay their marriage fees just like everyone else.
Groomswear â" Â£8,000
Harry is expected to wear a tailor-made Royal Air Force uniform for the wedding â" and it wonât come cheap. Itâs also likely heâll wear a custom tuxedo or suit from Savile Row.
Hair and Makeup â" Â£10,000
Hannah Martin of Bobbi Brown and Richard Ward did Kate and Pippaâs wedding makeup and hair, so Meghan may opt to use them as she has spoken of her love of Bobbi Brown in the past. However, Belgraviaâs Neville Hair & Beauty is also a favourit e of Meghanâs.
Entertainment â" Â£55,000
Anything from a grand fireworks display to photobooths to childrenâs entertainment and even a display from the Royal Air Force could take place at the royal wedding. The budget will need to be big for those impressive stunts that Harry and Meghan will want to wow their guests with.
Wedding Favours â" Â£3,000
Itâs a given that Harry and Meghan will make their wedding favours personal â" but will they take inspiration from America or England? And will they go down the DIY route? Either way, favours for 800 guests wonât come cheap.
Toilets â" Â£35,000
Given how many guests are attending their wedding â" 800 plus 2,640 members of the public â" plenty of toilets is an absolute must. Spend a penny? More like 3,500,000 pennies!
Transport â" Free
The Queenâs State fleet of three Rolls-Royces, three Daimlers and two Bentleys will no doubt all be in use on the day, meaning they can save a few pounds in the transport department.
The Honeymoon â" Â£120,000
Bridebook predicts that Harry and Meghan will opt for some alone time before the wedding, then whisking their closest friends away for a party-filled holiday to celebrate with them after their big day. Itâs also expected that Meghan will be paying for the honeymoon as a gift to Harry.
Security â" Â£30 million
The big one: security.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent Â£30,000,000 on security for their 2011 wedding. Thatâs around 15 times as much as Harry and Meghanâs whole wedding will cost.
While the wedding might not be in London, security will be just as tight with threats having previously been made to Meghan and thousands of members of the public heading to Windsor to revel in the festivities.
TOTAL â" Â£32,099,873
The important question: What time are the pubs open until?
Potentially the most important aspe ct of the entire day â" the Home Secretary Amber Rudd confirmed that licencing is being relaxed and pubs will be allowed to stay open until 1am on 19 May to celebrate Harry and Meghanâs nuptials.
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