Prince Harry will marry former American actress Meghan Markle in a royal ceremony at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in England on Saturday. The wedding ceremony will take place at noon, or 9.30 pm IST. The reception, however, will not be televised. Traditionally, most royal couples get married at the UK capital’s Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton said their ‘I dos’ back in 2011.
Meghan and Harry deviated from royal tradition with their invites. Kensington Palace has said that around 600 guests will be in attendance, a small crowd in contrast to the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who wed in front of 1,900 guests. They have also not invited world leaders and diplomats as was the case with Prince William’s wedding.
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, will be Harry’s best man. Meghan will have no adult bridesmaids “because she’s unable to choose between her friends”, and will instead be surrounded by children as page boys, bridesmaids and flower girls. Priyanka Chopra, Serena Williams, Misha Nonoo and Jessica Mulroney were all names that had been suggested as bridesmaids, but they will instead be seen as part of the congregation.
Despite marrying a prince, Meghan will not automatically become Princess Meghan. For that title, she would have had to be born into the royal family. If Prince Harry retains his current rank as His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, Meghan will become Her Royal Highness (HRH) Princess Henry of Wales. However, if Prince Harry is promoted to the vacant role of Duke of Sussex — as it is widely expected — Meghan will become HRH Duchess of Sussex.
THE CAKE: Harry and Meghan opted for a lemon elderflower-flavoured cake for their wedding. Though the elderflower cake is sure to be delicious, it goes against royal wedding cake protocol, which states that the wedding cake should be a fruitcake, not a flower-flavoured cake. Kate and William enjoyed an eight-tier fruitcake after tying the knot.
How much will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding COST?
The Lord Chamberlain’s Office at Buckingham Palace is responsible for organising royal weddings, but Harry and Meghan are said to be leading the show. The core aspects of the wedding, including the church service, associated music, flowers, decorations and reception, will be paid for by the royal family. Experts expect the wedding to cost around £1 million (roughly ₹9 crore).
The wedding of the 21st century, Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011, reportedly cost close to $34 million — $32 million of which went to security. And the bride wore a dress befitting a future queen, which cost a whopping $434,000.
Bridebook’s breakdown of some of the key costs include (ref🙂
- £90,000 for 20 silver-plated trumpets that will announce the event
- £50,000 on the lemon elderflower cake from Violet Bakery in East London
- £110,000 on flowers to adorn the aisles of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and St George’s Great Hall
- £300,000 to hire the glass marquee for the evening reception in the grounds of Frogmore House
- £26,000 on sausage rolls and hot tea for the 2,640 members of the public who have been invited
- £30million on security measures
- £300,000 to £400,000 on Meghan’s dress
Tradition states that the father of the bride pays for a wedding, but Kensington Palace confirmed the royal family would foot the bill. The Windsor clan will be paying for the church service, flowers, decorations and reception.
Meghan is expected to pay for her own dress, while taxpayers will cover security.
But, before you get too upset, the royal wedding is expected to provide a £500m boost to Britain’s economy – thanks to tourism and merchandise.
Cost of Diana and Prince Charles wedding in 1981
HOW DID PRINCE HARRY PROPOSE?
Calling the proposal sweet, natural and very romantic, Meghan said they were having a “standard, typical night” staying in and roasting chicken when Prince Harry surprised her by getting down on one knee and proposing. “I could barely let you finish proposing,” Meghan said. “I was like, can I say yes now?” However, in her rush to say yes, Markle momentarily forget one important piece of the engagement. “She didn’t even let me finish… then there were hugs and I had the ring in my finger, and I was like, can I give you the ring?” Prince Harry said. The ring was designed by the prince, using a diamond from Botswana and two smaller diamonds from his mother Princess Diana’s personal jewellery collection.
WHO IS DESIGNING MEGHAN’S WEDDING DRESS?
Meghan Markle’s wedding dress is arguably the biggest fashion commission of the year, so what will she wear? In recent months, online betting sites have seen a frenzy of activity over Markle’s dress designer, with Erdem, Roland Mouret, Inbal Dror, Jenny Packham, and Alexander McQueen proving to be the favourites. While the designer is still a well-kept secret at this point, a new rumour in a UK daily is casting attention on Ralph & Russo. Meghan’s stylist and close friend Jessica Mulroney runs a bridal store in Toronto was said to have helped the bride choose her gown.
WHAT GIFTS WILL THE COUPLE GET?
Prince Harry and Meghan have asked guests and well-wishers not to get them wedding gifts, but instead, to donate money to charity. The seven charities they have chosen reflect their joint passions including sport for social change, women’s empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces. The list includes the Mumbai-based Myna Mahila Foundation.
Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011
The full broadcast of the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on April 29 2011 in YouTube Video below
Wedding of Lady Diana and Prince Charles in 1981
Prince Charles and Lady Diana marry at St Paul’s Cathedral in 1981 in YouTube Video below.