The Royal wedding 2018

On Monday 27 November 2017 The Prince of Wales announced the engagement of his son Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle.

The wedding will take place at St George's Chapel, Windsor on Saturday 19 May.

The service will begin at St George's Chapel at midday and will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, The Rt Revd. David Conner. The Most Revd. and Rt Hon. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, will officiate as the couple make their marriage vows.

At 1pm, following the service, the couple will travel around Windsor in a horse-drawn carriage, providing an opportunity for members of the public to see them and join in with the celebrations. 

Engagement

The Prince of Wales announced the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle on 27 November 2017. 

Prince Harry informed Her Majesty The Queen and other members of his family. He also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle's parents.

The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.

On the afternoon that their engagement was announced, Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle appeared for a photo call in the gardens of Kensington Palace.

The couple took part in a broadcast interview which was aired on the evening of the announcement

 

Ceremonial

The Royal wedding will be a day of celebration in the UK and across the world. The Ministry of Defence alongside the Lord Chamberlain's Office (the department of the Royal Household responsible for organising ceremonial events) are planning a spectacular day of pageantry.

The Military

More than 250 members of the Armed Forces will perform ceremonial duties at the wedding.



The Ministry of Defence have released details of the regiments and units which hold a special relationship with Prince Harry and which will provide ceremonial support at the wedding.

Find out more about military involvement in the wedding.

The Royal Mews

Horses and carriages for the Royal wedding will be provided by the Royal Mews - part of the Royal Household - who provide carriages for other occasions, from Trooping the Colour to Royal Ascot

Find out more about the horses and carriages which will be used.

 

 

 

Guests and wedding party

Guests watching from inside the castle grounds

Prince 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. 

On 2 March 2018, Kensington Palace announced that 2,640 people will be invited into the grounds of Windsor Castle. Read the Kensington Palace press release in full. 

Once invitations had been issued, details of selected individuals were released including young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities. Read more about individuals who have been invited.

Invitations

Around 600 people have been invited to the service at St George's Chapel. Find out more about the invitations.

The wedding party

Kensington Palace have announced that Prince Harry has chosen his brother The Duke of Cambridge to be his Best Man. Read the press release in full

During a media briefing, the Communications Secretary to Prince Harry announced the involvement of the bride and groom's families in their wedding day, including the attendance of all three siblings of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Ms. Meghan Markle's parents' movements on the day. Read the Communications Secretary's  briefing in full

 

 

 

 

 

Charity Gift Fund

Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill shown to them since the announcement of their engagement and are keen that as many people as possible benefit from this generosity of spirit.  The couple have therefore asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion considers making a donation to one of seven organisations they would like to support, reflecting their shared values.



Find out more about these seven charities

 

Wedding details

Kensington Palace have announced which suppliers have been chosen for some of the key elements of the wedding day:

The cake

Claire Ptak, an American pastry chef who is based in London has been chosen to create a lemon elderflower wedding cake for Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle. Find out more.

The invitations

The wedding invitations have been produced by Barnard & Westwood. The company has held a Royal Warrant for Printing & Bookbinding by Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen since 1985. Find out more

The flowers

Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen floral designer Philippa Craddock to create the church flowers for their wedding. Philippa will direct a team, including florists from St George's Chapel and Buckingham Palace, to create the displays at St George's Chapel and for St George's Hall. Find out more

Coming to Windsor?

On the day of the wedding, members of the public will be able to watch live footage of the wedding and the carriage procession on big screens located on the Long Walk and in Alexandra Gardens. Food stalls and other facilities will be available. 

If you are planning to come along and join in the celebrations, make sure you plan ahead!

 

Rail operators will be putting on extra trains and there will be park and walk and park and ride services to help people get into town. A 6,000 space pre-booked car parking area will be at the Review Ground, just off the Long Walk. Visitors are encouraged to book all travel arrangements early so they can make the most of their trip.



Visit the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s website for the latest information on visiting Windsor for the Royal Wedding.

Visit the South Western Railway and Great Western Railway websites to plan your journey to Windsor.

 

How to follow the wedding

As Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle get married you'll be able to follow live in many ways.

As well as the live broadcast on the main channels in the UK – BBC One, ITV and Sky – people can follow the Royal Wedding on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You can also watch the wedding live online on our official Royal Family YouTube channel.

Find out more here.

 

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