Absolutely Everything You Need To Know About The Royal Wedding
Including how you can WATCH LIVE on ten daily.
After a fairy-tale romance and squeal-inducing engagement (he popped the question over a cosy home-cooked dinner), Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle are set to wed on Saturday May 19. And what a royal wedding it is shaping up to be.
Here’s all you need to know about the upcoming royal nuptials.
Where to watch
We will be LIVE streaming the historical royal wedding right here on ten daily on May 19. Which means if, like us, your royal wedding invite went AWOL in the mail -- can't think why?! -- you can watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot from your laptop, on your phone or while you're on the go on ten daily -- without ad interruptions during the live stream. How good is that?!
Log on from 6pm Saturday May 19 AEST for all the royal wedding action.
Book it in your diaries, people, (as if you haven’t already): Saturday May 19 is the big day. Having the wedding on a Saturday is an unusual move for the Royals. Traditionally, royal weddings are held on weekdays, not weekends although there is no official rule. This means that it won’t be a bank holiday, like Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials.
There is, however, another very important event happening on the same day: the FA Cup Final. What’s that to Harry and Meghan, you ask? Well, not much, but it is important to William, who is the President of the Football Association and normally attends the matches.
Initially, there were rumours that Wills would miss the FA Cup Final, although Kensington Palace stepped in and confirmed that the timing of the wedding would not clash with the match, which will take place in the afternoon. That leaves big bro Will free to carry out his best man duties. Phew!
The ceremony will be held at St George's Chapel, on the grounds of Windsor Castle. The site has a special significance for Harry, as it has hosted the weddings of his uncle, the Earl of Wessex, and his cousin, Peter Phillips. The blessing for the marriage of his father, the Prince of Wales and stepmother, Camilla Parker Bowles also took place there.
The choice of venue is another example of Harry and Meghan carving their own path, as it’s seen as traditional the royal couples to marry in Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton said their "I dos" back in 2011.
If you’re planning on making a trip of the royal wedding, ensure you have somewhere to bed down for the night. The neighbouring town of Slough has had a 1,438 per cent increase in Airbnb bookings. Windsor itself is expected to see a 194 per cent spike in arrivals over the weekend of the wedding so accommodation will likely be tricky.
While the official guest list is yet to be revealed, it’s said to include about 600 people, most of whom have a direct relationship with the couple. The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla, and Prince William and Catherine will undoubtedly be in attendance.
Harry has asked his brother William to be best man, a role that Harry performed for Wills at his 2011 wedding to Kate Middleton. New mum Kate will attend although Prince Louis, born on April 23, will remain with the royal nanny. The bub will be just under four weeks old and is just a bit too young to mix with such a huge crowd. Harry’s nephew and niece, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will be an adorable page boy and flower girl.
Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland touched down in London on May 18 and spent time with the Queen and other high-ranking royals. Her father Thomas Markle Sr -- who divorced Ragland when Meghan was a young girl -- had the all-important role of walking his daughter down the aisle of St George's Chapel until health issues prevented him from attending. That means Harry is still yet to meet his new father-in-law for the first time. On the morning of the wedding Meghan and her mum will travel together by car to Windsor Castle. A day before the wedding it was announced that Prince Charles would walk Meghan down the aisle.
Speculation abounds over which of Harry and Meghan’s wide and varied social circles will make an appearance. Expect to see George and Amal Clooney, Serena Williams, Priyanka Chopra and a whole host of other A-listers. Rihanna will totally NOT be there and don't even think about asking her why.
A-list actor Angelina Jolie landed in London with her with two of her children Shiloh and Knox Jolie-Pitt on May 18. Is she in town for a certain wedding? Word is that the Spice Girls are on the list but only a select few so don't expect an impromptu gig. Souls crushed.
Meghan will make her way to St George's Chapel by car with her mum, while Harry and William will likely arrive on foot so they can greet well-wishers. Meghan’s dress (or dresses, if the talk is to be believed) is a hot topic, with bookmakers recently suspending betting on the designer when Australian fashion house Ralph & Russo pulled ahead to become favourite. Stay tuned.
The Dean of Windsor, David Conner, will conduct a service at 12pm sharp which will last about an hour. The couple have asked African American bishop the Most Rev. Michael Curry to give the address. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will perform the all-important marriage ceremony, during which the couple will exchange vows.
Once they're officially husband and wife the couple will take on their brand-spanking new titles. Prince Harry will become His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and Meghan will be Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex. The titles are selected and bestowed by the Queen. Thanks your Majesty.
The newlyweds will then be whisked away on a two-mile carriage procession to greet thousands of expected well-wishers before returning for the first of their two receptions. All in all, experts expect the wedding to cost about a AUD $1 million dollars, with the royal family footing the bill. British taxpayers will cover the cost of security at the event.
After their carriage procession, the first, more formal afternoon reception will be hosted by the Queen at nearby St. George's Hall. Charles will host some 200 family and close friends at a second more private reception at the picturesque Frogmore House later in the day. The venue is a fitting choice as Harry and Meghan posed there for their official engagement photos in late 2017. A note on gifts: in lieu of presents the philanthropic duo have asked for donations to seven key charities.
All bets are off as to the destination of Harry and Meghan’s honeymoon. Many speculate it will be an African nation -- Namibia is looking likely -- considering the couples’ considerable charity work in that part of the world. Harry's parents, Prince Charles and the late Princess Di, enjoyed a tour of the Mediterranean aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia on their honeymoon in 1981.
Wherever the newlyweds decide to go, it will no doubt be romantic, private and relaxing. What we do know is that the couple are going straight back to work after tying the knot, with their first official engagement as a married couple taking place a week later.
Now all that's left to do is set yourself a reminder to log to ten daily Saturday night to watch the historical event take place.
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