On Tuesday (March 6) Meghan Markle was baptized into the Church of England in a secret ceremony which was conducted by Archbishop of Canterbury, according to Daily Mail. The ceremony was also attended by Prince Harry who was by Meghan's side throughout the entire ceremony.
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The 45-minute service was a significant nod to Queen Elizabeth's role as head of the Church of England. The ceremony also saw Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall as attendees but Prince William and the Queen were not present. The ceremony was a closely guarded one and only a handful of royal members were present.
At the same time, Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland and father Thomas Markle were not present during the ritual. It is reported that Meghan had asked 62-year-old Archbishop, Justin Welby to perform the ritual after the two formed a strong bond as they interacted when Justin informed Meghan about the rites and sacraments of the Church.
Her baptism was followed immediately by her confirmation, which meant that Meghan will be able to join Prince Harry at Holy Communion. The idea of getting baptized was something that Meghan chose for herself as it wasn't necessary for her to become an Anglican in order to marry Prince Harry.
Last November, when the pair announced their engagement, Meghan made it clear that she had chosen to be baptized and confirmed out of respect for the Queen and the role played by her in the Church of England. The two are set to say their "I do's" on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Ever since the two announced their engagement, they have been doing things differently as compared to what one would expect to see out of a royal wedding. Right from releasing a candid photo from their engagement photo shoot to attending royal events prior to the wedding, the couple has strived to be different.
On February 11, the officials revealed that the couple will be riding in a horse-carriage through the streets of Windsor after they exchange their vows. They also shared the news about when the eager-eyed fans of the couple will have to set their alarms on to watch the royal wedding. The service will begin at 12 pm UK time, or 7 am EST/4 am PST and the carriage procession will depart an hour later, at 8 am EST/5 am PST.
The officials confirmed that the couple will be married by the Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Revd. and Rt Hon. Justin Welby. Even though he will be conducting the marriage ceremony, the full service on the day of the wedding will be led by the Rt Revd. David Conner, the Dean of Windsor. After the wedding is over, the newly married couple will move in a parade through the streets.
They will be leaving Windsor Castle via Castle Hill and will proceed along the High Street through Windsor Town before returning to the castle along the Long Walk. "They hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day," said the statement from Kensington Palace. This will be followed by a private reception at St George's Hall for the guests from the ceremony and later, that same evening, Prince Charles will give a private evening reception for the couple and their close friends and family.
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