By Caroline Hurley of Caroline Covets
The royal wedding is upon us! It is hard to believe it was a little under six months ago that Harry and Meghan announced their engagement. Enjoy all the details I have been coveting and be sure to follow along on Caroline Covets Instagram with live stories and posts as the wedding day unfolds! See some of my predictions and details below.
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales requests the pleasure of your company to the Marriage of Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales with Ms. Rachel Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday 19th of May 2018 at 12 noon followed by a reception at Windsor Castle.
Prince Harry and Meghan will wed at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle at 12 noon – “a special place” for the happy couple according to royal insiders and it is where Harry was christened. 600 guests will fill the chapel while 2,600 members of the public will be inside the Windsor grounds to see the carriage procession.
Meghan’s wedding dress is a well kept secret. The only one who will officially see the dress before the wedding is the Queen. Many designers names are suspected of making the dress including Ralph & Russo (they did her stunning dress for her engagements pictures), Roland Mouret, Burberry (her mother Doria was spotted leaving LA with a Burberry dress bag in tow), Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, and Erdem.
The Wedding Party
Prince William will be best man. Meghan’s attendants include 4 page boys and 6 bridesmaids, with the ones to watch being Prince George and Princess Charlotte as they are sure to steal the show. Duchess Kate does not have a formal role in the wedding, but it is thought she will wear Alexander McQueen as she did on her wedding day.
The wedding will be officiated by the Dean of Windsor, the Rt. Rev. David Connor, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the sermon will be given by the Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States. Lady Jane Fellowes, Diana’s older sister and Harry’s aunt, will give a reading. The Choir of St. George’s Chapel will be on hand during the service as will state trumpeters, an orchestra from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir, and cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason.
A London florist, Phillipa Craddock, is decorating the chapel. Her team will be using white garden roses, peonies (Meghan’s favorite), foxgloves we well as branches of beech, birch, and hornbeam. As mentioned here on Wednesday, a sprig of myrtle will be in Meghan’s bridal bouquet.
California-raised Claire Ptak owns a London-based bakery called Violet Cakes and she has been tapped by Meghan to bake the nontraditional royal wedding cake. This cake will be lemon elderflower with buttercream frosting and fresh flowers.
Alex Lubomirski will be taking the official photographs of the royal wedding and of the royal family at Windsor Castle after the ceremony. Alex took the beautiful engagement pictures last Fall.
The newlyweds will process through the Windsor Castle grounds in the Ascot Landeau carriage pulled by Windsor Grey horses. See the 25 minute procession route below.
Following the ceremony, the 600 guests will head to St. George’s Hall for a wedding buffet breakfast.
An evening reception hosted by Prince Charles will take place at Frogmore House on the Windsor grounds for 200 close friends and family. It is expected Meghan will wear a second wedding dress and the rumor mill is in overdrive with Elton John, Ed Sheeran, and the Spice Girls all mentioned as potential evening entertainment.
Enjoy this list of the various royal wedding broadcasts and time zones for your viewing pleasure. Not an early riser? Set your DVR and watch later! Happy Royal Wedding Weekend!!!