Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: the latest on the royal wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at a photocall for their engagement in the Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace, London, 27 November 2017
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace, London, on 27 November 2017. Credit: Samir Hussein/WireImage/GettyImages

It’s official: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry at Windsor Castle on 19 May 2018. Read all about the royal wedding of the year…

With excitement whirling around the impending royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, we bring you the latest details.

Wedding at Windsor

As predicted by our editor, Sally Coffey, in Wedding Ideas magazine, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have shied away from the spectacle of a wedding at Westminster Abbey (where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married in 2011) and opted instead for St George’s Chapel, in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

While St George’s Chapel is smaller than Westminster Abbey, it still holds a lot of prestige. King Henry VIII is buried here with Jane Seymour and it is also where Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles got married in 2005.

When will the royal wedding be?

We can confirm that the wedding will take place on Saturday 19 May 2018. Royal engagements tend to be quite short and perhaps one reason the month of May was chosen was due to the fact that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her third baby in April.

The service will take place at midday (12pm). A statement from Kensington Palace says: ”The Dean of Windsor will conduct the service and The Archbishop of Canterbury will officiate as the couple make their vows.”

A reception will be held in St George’s Hall and later that evening the Prince of Wales will host a private reception for the royal couple and their close friends and family.

Who will be best man?

As his older brother, it’s fairly certain that William, the Duke of Cambridge, will be Harry’s best man. Prince George and Princess Charlotte will no doubt have roles to play too (page boy and flower girl, perhaps). For bridesmaid duties, Meghan is likely to call upon some of her close-knit group of girlfriends.

The engagement ring

Meghan Markle’s engagement ring was designed by her future husband, Prince Harry, and made by Royal Warrant holders Cleave and Company. The yellow gold ring features a diamond that Harry sourced from Botswana, flanked by two smaller diamonds from Princess Diana’s collection. In the couple’s interview with the BBC, Harry said he included his mother’s jewels as he wanted ”to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together.“

Watching the royal wedding

Thousands of spectators are expected to descend on Windsor over the royal wedding weekend and line the streets waiting to catch a glimpse of the couple.

In addition, 1,200 members of the British public will be invited within the grounds of Windsor Castle where they will be able to witness the arrival of the bride and groom and be the first to see them as they emerge from St George’s chapel newly married.

While St George’s Chapel itself is quite secluded, following the wedding ceremony the couple will embark on a carriage procession from St George’s Chapel through Windsor Town returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk. This is to allow more people the opportunity to see the royal couple on their special day.

For those who cannot make it to Windsor on the day, the royal wedding is expected to be televised and we will update this page with details as soon as they are available.