Updates On Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding
For ordinary newlyweds-to-be, wedding planning can be a really stressful process. Imagine what it's like to be in the world's spotlight while you're at it, with your wedding being one of the year's most anticipated!
This can't be any truer for Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle who got engaged in October, to the delight of pretty much everyone. If you're anything like us at Metro.Style, we're pretty sure you've been closely watching details of their wedding plans unfold, from engagement to choice of church, to their future residence and new royal names the Queen will give them once they tie the knot.
Read on to get the lowdown on what the pair has planned out for their royal 2018 union so far, and what has yet to be confirmed.
Confirmed: The date
It's official: Prince Harry and Meghan will be wed on May 19, Saturday! It's a deviation form British royal tradition that has shown royals getting married on weekdays (hence the anticipated bank holidays every time there's a royal wedding). Generally, the spring of next year is looking like a happy time for the British royal family, as Meghan's future sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, is expecting her third child in April.
Confirmed: Meghan's baptism
Although raised in a Christian family, Meghan will be required to be baptized into the Church of England — where the Queen is Supreme Governor — before her wedding day. All British monarchs and those who marry into the royal family must be members of the Church of England. Even Kate Middleton had to go through a similar process before her wedding and was confirmed into the Church of England. Similar to her baptism, Meghan must also become a British citizen before her wedding.
Confirmed: Prince William's busy schedule
Prince Harry also broke with British royal tradition by asking his brother to be his best man. No such role exists in weddings for British royals, and instead, the groom calls on "supporters" to fill in a similar role. For Prince William, his brother's special day is going to be jampacked; May 19 also marks the day of the Emirates FA Cup Final, English football's most anticipated event. Prince William typically attends this event and presents the winning team with their trophy.
TBA: The wedding cake
British royal tradition actually dictates that a multi-tiered fruit cake be the centerpiece of the wedding feast. Interestingly, Prince Harry is known to love, love, love bananas, so there's a lot of speculation about whether he'll get to infuse this flavor in his own cake!
TBA: The dress
Oh, the wedding dress. This is one announcement we're all dying to learn about. Meghan, or any Palace spokesperson, hasn't said a peep about which designers or styles she will be gathering inspiration form for her dress, but the actress has previously mentioned admiring the creations of Elie Saab. On the other hand, Prince Harry isn't afforded as many options, as male members of the British royal family must don traditional military uniforms.
TBA: The party
After the wedding, of course there will be a party! Even the British royal family would like to celebrate the happy occasion, albeit a little more restrained than what we're used to. The wedding will definitely be held at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, while there are talks about holding the reception in the Waterloo Chamber, St. George’s Hall and the Grand Reception Room within the castle.
Stay tuned for more Prince Harry and Meghan updates from us!