A royal wedding is almost always unforgettable, but when an American is the bride, and we’re getting all the Grace Kelly vibes, you know we’ll be watching with bated breath. Here’s the deets on what’s sure to be a day chock-full of tradition, fashion and some tear-inducing nods to the People’s Princess herself, Lady Diana.
The Royal Wedding: The Main Details
Bride: Ms. Meghan Markle — an American actress best known for her role as Rachel Zane on Suits.
Groom: Prince Harry of Wales — now sixth in line for the British throne after his father, Prince Charles; brother, Prince William; and nephews and niece, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Date & Time: Saturday, May 19 at Noon GMT. (7 a.m. EST)
Location: St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the same chapel where Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles were wed in 2005.
The Ceremony Details
Prince Harry needed The Queen’s permission to ask for Meghan’s hand in marriage. According to the Successions to the Crown Act, the first six heirs in line to the throne need the reigning monarch’s permission to marry. Before the birth of Prince Louis last month, Prince Harry was fifth in line to the throne.
The wedding ceremony will be televised, and 600 lucky guests have received their invitations. Plus, 2,460 other members of the public will be invited to celebrate the wedding on the grounds of Windsor Castle. The Queen will host a lunch for the wedding guests at St. George’s Hall, while 200 were invited to an evening reception at Frogmore House on the Castle grounds, which will be hosted by Prince Charles.
Family will play an important role in the ceremony. Meghan Markle will be escorted to the Castle by her mother, Doria Ragland. Some changes of plans have developed over the last week, so we don’t know for sure who will walk her down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel. Prince William will serve as Prince Harry’s best man, which breaks with tradition (Harry did the same for William at his wedding in 2011, but traditionally royals are not allowed to hold positions of servitude. Wedding attendants inherently serve the bride or groom.) Meghan will not have a Maid of Honor (Pippa Middleton served as Kate’s maid of honor in 2011.) Though the specifics aren’t yet confirmed, we also know that Will and Kate’s children Prince George and Princess Charlotte will have a role in the ceremony, but Prince Louis will stay home.
What we’re watching for …
Jamie thinks she will wear a full A-line, since she is becoming a royal, after all. Ana and Sarah think she’ll wear a sheath or fit-to-flare style gown. We all agree we don’t see her wearing a Diana-style train. Here’s what a selection of bridal designers told Brides Magazine they thought her dress would look like.
We’re all kind of hoping for something really clean and statuesque. Jamie is willing to place a bet on little to no lace at all, similar to the ‘Captivating’ gown by Reem Acra. Sarah’s hoping for illusion detailing given the Ralph & Russo gown she wore in her engagement session. Ana is thinking she’ll do something high neck or boat neck, a deviation from the trend toward V-necks. (We’re thinking something along the lines of Miranda Kerr’s wedding look … but more royal, and let’s be honest, we think Miranda was channeling her inner Grace Kelly anyhow.) We all agree she will wear a veil, regardless of her previous marriage.
And, if we were making an educated guess, we think she’ll wear a tiara, because why the heck not? Sarah is really hoping she wears The Spencer Tiara, which was worn by Harry’s mother, Diana, on her famous wedding day.
In the words of Erica, Kate single-handedly brought back long sleeves, so odds are, whatever Meghan does, lots of brides are sure to follow. We can’t wait to see what trends are to follow from the royal wedding.
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