In a recent turn of events, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have opened the doors for 2,640 members of the public on their wedding day, to the grounds of Windsor Castle. However, the invitation stops short of a slice of the royal cake.
Members of the public from across Britain and from various walks of life will be nominated to attend the celebration, and get to watch the arrival of the bride and groom as well as their wedding guests, along with the carriage procession as it leaves after the service.
“Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have said they want their wedding day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations, too,” the palace added. “This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters and values of the bride and groom.” However, they will not attend the ceremony inside St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on 19 May, or the reception.
Of the invitees, 1,200 will be nominated by the nine regional lord lieutenant offices. For those who don't know it, lord lieutenants are the queen’s personal representatives in each county of the UK. All of the tickets will be named, so as to prevent anyone trying to make money by selling them.
In addition to the lord lieutenants, the royal couple has also given the nod to invite 200 people from a range of charities and organizations with which they have a close association, along with 610 Windsor Castle community members, including members of the St George’s Chapel community.
Moreover, there will also be 530 members of the royal households and crown estate present for the celebrations, coupled with 100 pupils from two schools close to the castle - the Royal and St George’s.
The Royal is a Church of England school for pupils aged between four to nine years and was built to educate the children of staff employed by the royal family. On the other hand, St George’s school is an independent prep school, originally founded to educate the choristers of St George’s chapel.
However, Prince Harry and Meghan have yet to reveal the guest list for the ceremony, apart from the members of the public who would be attending the same.
As per previous reports from the Kensington Palace, the wedding will take place at 12 p.m. GMT (7 a.m. ET) on May 19 and will be officiated by the Dean of Windsor, the Right Reverend David Conner and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
A reception for friends and family hosted by Prince Charles will duly follow the ceremony. The queen and other members of the royal family will attend the wedding, along with Meghan’s parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland. The palace then said that it would release more details about the ceremony in the coming weeks and months.
Earlier this week, Harry appeared alongside his bride-to-be, in addition to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in order to speak about the future of the young royals' charity, the Royal Foundation. Markle admitted that the next few months would keep her busy with wedding plans but later added that she plans to "hit the ground running" in her work to empower women and young girls in the UK after her big day.
The royal family is ideally paying for the wedding, including the church service, music, flowers, as well as the reception. However, the security costs are still being borne by the country's taxpayers, which has served to be one of the minute disagreements among the country's citizens.
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