On Saturday, May 19th at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, Rachel Meghan Markle (born August 4, 1981) will marry Prince Henry of Wales (Henry Charles Albert David, born 15 September 1984) or as we know him, Prince Harry.
Guests will start arriving at 9:30 am GMT and at 11:55 am The Queen will be the last of the royal family to take her seat. The wedding will begin at 12:00 p.m. GMT.
An hour later the newly married couple will exit the doors of the chapel and begin the official “Carriage Procession” along the promenade known as the “Long Walk”. The couple invited 2.640 members of the public to watch their arrivals and the procession.
Meghan and Harry and their selected guests will then enjoy a lunchtime reception at St. George’s Hall hosted by The Queen.
At 7:00 pm GMT the newlyweds will be seen once more leaving Windsor Castle for the evening reception hosted by The Prince of Wales at Frogmore House.
The Guest List
600 people were sent a hand-crafted invitation to the service and daytime lunch, but only 200 were invited to the evening celebration. Celebrity guests will include all five of the Spice Girls, George and Amal Clooney, Meghan’s good friends Priyanka Chopra, True Blood actress Janina Gavankar and Serena Williams (the tennis star pulled out of the Italian Open in Rome on Tuesday).
The Suits cast, Gabriel Macht and his wife actress Jacinda Barrett (who has been posting on Instagram from London the past few days), Gina Torres, Rick Hoffman, Sarah Rafferty (has arrived in London), Abigail Spencer and Patrick J. Adams will also attend.
One of Meghan’s best friend’s and stylist Jessica Mulroney (who arrived at Heathrow airport on Monday with husband Ben Mulroney and their three children) will be there. Their three children will serve as page boys and as bridesmaid. Jessica has apparently helped Meghan select everything from her wedding dress to her flowers. Jessica arrived early in London to help out with the last-minute wedding details.
American-born Chef Claire Ptak who runs the London bakery Violet Cakes will be whipping up a lemon elderflower cake for the guests that “will incorporate the bright flavors of spring." After taking a number of years off from baking wedding cakes, Claire shared on Instagram “They are so fun to make (albeit stressful) and there is nothing like assembling them in situ and the wonderful reactions you receive from onlookers.” Of Prince Harry and Meghan Clare also shared that “They both share so many of the same values regarding food provenance, sustainability, seasonality and of course, flavour.”
According to Head chef Mark Flanagan, Meghan and Harry have been very involved with decisions regarding the menu which has included multiple tastings. Like the cake, Spring will be the inspiration. The menu should include fresh vegetables like asparagus and artichoke that are in season.
Pastry Chef Selwyn Stoby told Kensington Palace “You approach every Royal event with the same care and attention to detail, but you don’t get many opportunities to do a Royal Wedding in your lifetime, so this is very special.”
Alexi Lubomirski will be the official wedding photographer. Although this will be his first wedding, he has had lots of practise doing editorial shoots for the likes of Vogue and Elle magazine. You also know his work from the couple’s engagement photos. The bride found him through Instagram and recommendations.
The Wedding Party
The couple’s ten page boys and bridesmaids will all be children. The six bridesmaids will be 3-year-old Princess Charlotte, the daughter of William and Kate, two of Prince Harry's goddaughters, Florence van Cutsem, 3, and Zalie Warren, 2. Meghan’s two goddaughters Remi Litt, 6, Rylan Litt, 7 and Jessica Mulroney’s daughter, Ivy Mulroney, 4 will complete the group.
The four page boys will Prince George, 4, Harry's godson Jasper Dyer and Ivy Mulroney's brothers, twins Brian and John, 7.
The Night Before
To follow with tradition, the couple will spend the night before the wedding apart.
Harry will stay at the 5-star country home Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Park in Windsor. Prince William, his best man and big brother, will as well.
Harry apparently popped the question at Kensington Palace in their cottage, while the two were enjoying a “cozy” meal of roast chicken. He was pleased to have surprised her. He got down on one knee and she hardly let him finish the question before she accepted.
Kensington Palace confirmed on April 24th that Meghan and Harry took "a great deal of interest and care in choosing the music for their service.” With the help of James Vivian, Director of Music at St. George's Chapel, they have selected several "well-known hymns and choral works.” One of the performers will be the 19-year-old cello prodigy Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who said that Meghan called him herself to ask him to perform on Saturday.
TMZ reports that Elton John may perform as well. We hope so!
We know that Meghan loves flowers. Her mother’s nickname for her is actually Flower! Her favorite bouquets are made of peonies. Kensington Palace announced that London-based florist Philippa Craddock will handle all of the floral details. She is self-taught and in keeping with the couple’s belief in all things sustainable, she will source the flowers locally from the Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park gardens. Her arrangements will decorate St. George's Chapel and St. George's Hall. We aren’t sure what the arrangements will look like, but we know that the flowers that bloom naturally in May include branches of beech, birch, hornbeam, white garden roses, foxgloves, and peonies.
Meghan Markle has said of her dream gown that “Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist. 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 will always be a fan of Ellie Saab. J. Mendel is spectacular as well, especially for more structural designs.” She also said in the same interview, that her favorite celebrity wedding dress belonged to Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, calling the gown, “Everything goals.” Rumors are circulating that Meghan has selected designers Ralph & Russo to design her wedding dress. It is also rumored that the dress will cost 100,000 pounds. We have no doubt that it will be spectacular, and very likely minimal in keeping with Meghan's preferred aesthetic.
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Meghan’s Hair & Make-Up
In this article Meghan wrote for Darling magazine, Meghan speaks about a life-changing audition with renowned casting director April Webster. She told Meghan “You need to know that you’re enough,” she said. “Less makeup, more Meghan.” She went on to say that I was like a “shrinking violet,” wilted joy and energy and exuberance behind this shroud of insecurity. You couldn’t pay for a therapy session this good. And that moment, for me, was a wake-up call.” She was in her 20’s at the time and drove a car that was breaking down. She had to get in and out from the trunk because the doors no longer functioned. She called arriving at auditions in this car “soul sucking.” The casting director “saw” her and ever since Meghan decided to show more of her real self. She later landed the role as Rachel Zane in Suits. She often talked about how she grew to love and show off her freckles. According to rumours, Meghan will do her own make-up Saturday morning with her friends.
We can’t wait to see her final look!