The Royal Wedding will be here before we know it - and we're already feeling so excited for the big day.
New details about the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day are being announced regularly in the run-up to 19 May, and we’re keeping track of them all right here.
Where will the couple honeymoon after their wedding?
For a royal jetsetter like Prince Harry, and a keen travel enthusiast like Meghan, the honeymoon is sure to be one of the most important aspects of the wedding celebrations.
And it’s recently been hotly tipped that the royal couple will venture to the South African country of Namibia for their post-wedding holiday.
According to the Daily Mail, Meghan and Harry could be heading to the Haonib Valley Camp Kaokoland, a luxury lodge run by the company Natural Selection.
The camp, built within acres of sand dunes and expanses of desert, is available for around £500 a night. It also offers its residents an up-close and personal view of all of the surrounding wildlife, as visitors can spend their days “tracking endangered rhino, desert-adapted elephant, and of course desert-adapted giraffe.
(Credit: Natural Selection)
The Haonib Valley Camp is also committed to conservation – a sure draw for Harry, for whom conservation has always been an important issue.
(Credit: Natural Selection)
The website then also details how evenings will be spent “retiring to your private veranda to marvel at the magnitude of your surroundings (G&T in hand).” Sounds good to us!
Visitors can also embark on a guided nature walk, or visit the Himba and Herero people, to find out about their way of life. And for adventure-lovers like Harry and Meghan, this sounds like the perfect way to spend their honeymoon.
(Credit: Natural Selection)
Of course, the couple already have a close association with another South African country, Botswana. There, Harry and Meghan spent a pivotal week at the beginning of their relationship, which Harry credits in helping them really get to know each other. Plus, the Prince even sourced jewels from the region for Meghan’s engagement ring.
So could Namibia be the perfect choice for the couple, who have such a close connection with the region? Only time will tell…
Which flowers will the couple have at the wedding?
It’s been revealed that celebrated London florist Philippa Craddock has been chosen by Meghan and Harry to design the floral bouquets for their big day.
Kensington Palace announced that she will create the displays for the Church service in St. George’s Chapel, using “locally sourced foliage” from the gardens of many royal properties and Windsor Great Park.
The florist revealed that she had been working closely with Harry and Meghan in the run-up to the big day, and that the process has been a “privilege”.
She said, “I am loving working with them, it is an incredible privilege, and the designs will be a true reflection of them as a couple, with sustainability at the forefront.”
The creations will feature many of Meghan’s favourite flowers, including peonies and white garden roses. Kensington Palace explained, “Where possible, Philippa will use flowers and plants that are in season and blooming naturally in May, including branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves.”
Meghan’s love of all things floral is well-documented – in fact, the future Duchess has often been pictured carrying bouquets to her home at Kensington Palace.
So it seems she’s taken a special interest in the flower arrangements for her wedding, with a source suggesting that she knew exactly what she wanted for the displays.
They reportedly told Vanity Fair, “Meghan has been very hands on with all elements of the wedding, but especially the flowers,
“She met with the Queen and some of her staff at Windsor back in February to have some early discussions about what could be done at the church and at the receptions in terms of flowers.
“She seemed to have a pretty clear idea of what she wanted then. It was lots of springtime whites and pastels and very romantic flowers.”
And if Philippa’s previous designs are anything to go by, we’re sure the church will be looking beautiful on the day.
What will the security measures on the big day be like?
As one of the biggest events of the century, it seems that there will be some intense and extensive security in place of Harry and Meghan’s wedding day.
Thames Valley Police have revealed that the security operation on 19th May will be “amongst the largest in Thames Valley Police’s history”.
A range of measures will be in place, including ‘vehicle mitigation’ barriers, automatic number plate recognition, and CCTV. Armed and unarmed officers will also patrol the area, as will mounted police and police dogs.
Fans playing to attend the celebrations in Windsor will also be subject to airport-style screenings if arriving by train, while some may be stopped and checked at stations and in carriages around the city.
What role will the Armed Forces play, given Harry’s military career?
Kensington Palace has announced that the Armed Forces will play an important role in the wedding.
Given Harry’s longstanding relationship with the Armed Forces (including his two tours in Afghanistan), it is not surprising that the couple would want them to be a part of their special day.
The Ministry of Defence has confirmed details of the involvement, saying that “members of the Household Cavalry will form a staircase party at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle as part of the wedding. The State Trumpeters and a Captain’s Escort from the Household Cavalry will also provide ceremonial support.”
The streets outside of Windsor Castle will be lined with personnel from the following units: The Royal Gurkha Rifles, Royal Marines, 1st Battalion Irish Guards and 3 Regiment Army Air Corps – amongst others.
Prince Harry and Meghan met with members of the Armed Forces during their trip to Edinburgh in February.
Kensington Palace has said that “the couple are incredibly grateful for their support”.
Where will the all-important reception be held?
Kensington Palace have now confirmed that Harry and Meghan’s event wedding reception will in fact be held at Frogmore House – the very place where the couple had their adorable engagement photos taken.
It was previously reported that the reception would take place at St. George’s Hall, as it was considered the ‘more practical’ choice.
However, it was thought that Meghan had had her heart set on Frogmore Hall, with the bride-to-be apparently calling the exclusive royal venue ‘dreamy’. And luckily, Meghan has now got the venue of her dreams!
And doesn’t it look beautiful?
The palace however shared that the Queen will still be hosting a reception at St. George’s Hall on the big day – however this will take place at lunch time. The couple’s evening reception will then take place at Frogmore House – where they’ll be inviting a whopping 200 people.
The Kensington Palace Twitter account revealed “Later that evening, around 200 guests are being invited to the reception at Frogmore House given by The Prince of Wales.”
What will the royal wedding cake look (and taste) like?
Harry and Meghan have chosen Claire Ptak, owner of London-based bakery Violet Cakes, to make their wedding cake.
The news was announced on Twitter, where it was revealed that the flavour of cake they have chosen is lemon elderflower, and will “incorporate the bright flavours of spring.”
The bakery holds a special place for Meghan, as she previously interviewed pastry chef Claire for her now-defunct blog The Tig.
Writing in 2015, Meghan said of Claire: “She has hit the nail on the head with her London bakery serving up delightful treats that have garnered a cult following (in that ever so civilised British way) in the UK and beyond.”
Like Meghan, Claire was born and raised in California, but now lives in London.
A quick look at the Violet Cakes Instagram reveals the kind of cake Meghan and Harry can expect…
In true Harry and Meghan style, the tweets conclude, “Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are looking forward to sharing the cake with guests at their wedding at Windsor Castle on May 19th.”
Hopefully there’s plenty to go around!
What will the Royal Wedding service be like?
The couple will marry at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, at midday. At 1pm, Harry and Meghan will travel through Windsor, Berkshire, in a horse-drawn carriage – how romantic!
It has also been confirmed that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welbby, will marry the prince and Ms Markle. The Rt Rev David Conner, Dean of Windsor, will conduct the service at St George’s Chapel.
The venue holds about 800 people, which will mean a smaller, more intimate wedding than the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s in Westminster Abbey. St George’s Chapel is within the walls of the royal residence of Windsor Castle, meaning that the pair should be safe from the prying eyes of the public and paparazzi on their big day.
Above: St George’s chapel in Windsor
Following the service, a carriage procession will follow a route that includes Castle Hill, High Street, Sheet Street, Kings Road, Albert Road, Long Walk and back to Windsor Castle.
“They 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,” Kensington Palace said. “[The couple are] hugely grateful for the many good wishes they have received.”
And, although the wedding will be held on the same day as the FA Cup final, football fans can breathe a sigh of relief as it’s likely kick-off will happen at 5:30pm, as with other recent finals, allowing plenty of time to follow the wedding in the early afternoon.
So what else do we know about the royal wedding?
Prince Harry has famously spoken about craving a normal life in the past. And it seems he’d want his and Meghan’s big day to be as far from royal circumstance as possible.
According to the palace, Meghan and Harry want their big day to be ‘fun and joyful’. The British royal family will also be paying for the wedding, and it’s likely that the event will be televised.
Prior to the wedding, Meghan has also been baptised and confirmed. 36-year-old Meghan will also apply to become a UK citizen, and it’s been confirmed that she’ll retain her US citizenship while she undergoes the process, which can take some time.
It’s likely that the couple will welcome a host of celebrity guests to their wedding, including Meghan’s close friend Serena Williams. and likely, her Suits cast members too.
What about Meghan Markle’s wedding dress?
Australian magazine New Idea reports that Prince Harry may have called on a very famous friend to help design Meghan’s dress.
Reportedly, the royal is pushing for close family friend Victoria Beckham to have a hand in the actresses wedding dress!
Victoria and David both attended the Duke and Duchess’ wedding, and have been spotted with the family on various occasions.
A source reportedly stated, “He just feels it would mean a lot to have a close friend like Victoria involved in such an important part of the wedding. He is certainly trying to steer Meghan in that direction – he’s incredibly excited at having Victoria design her gown.”
In an interview with Glamour magazine, Meghan also hinted at who she might turn to to design the dress for her special day.
She spoke fondly of her love of romantic, whimsical wedding dresses – including those by designer Elie Saab.
She said, “I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic. Delphine Manivet and Christos Costarellos are faves of mine for their uniqueness and beauty.
“And I wall always be a fan of Elie Saab. J.Mendel is spectacular as well, especially for more structural designs.”
In the same interview, she also admitted that there are a lot of similarities between hers and her character Rachel in Suits‘ wardrobe, saying: “A lot of my personal style is reflected. I like monochromatic and tonal dressing and I don’t generally wear prints, and neither does Rachel now.”
During the Suits season six finale, Rachel wore a gorgeous bejewelled strappy wedding dress with a long, pronounced skirt. So could this provide a hint of what Meghan may be dreaming of for her own wedding dress?
We can’t wait for the big event!
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