Once the news broke that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were engaged, it wouldn’t stop breaking: first, all the official statements; next, their photo shoot debut; then a BBC interview, where they revealed Prince Harry proposed over roast chicken and that, oh yeah, the corgis totally approve of Markle. Then all the details about the ring, the venue, the wedding date, and a possible banana cake—it’s all royal information overload.
So, let’s recap everything we know thus far about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.
Kensington Palace confirmed that the wedding will take place on May 19, 2018, which, thank the royal gods, is a Saturday. Get those scones ready.
Prince Harry and Markle will wed at St. George’s Chapel, on the grounds of Windsor Castle. The Gothic church, located about an hour outside of London, is steeped in royal history.
It is assumed (but not outright confirmed) that the reception will be at Windsor Castle, the same place Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip had their 70th-anniversary party. There’s a reason it’s called “the party palace.”
The Guest List:
While we’re hoping for these famous faces in the pews, the only confirmed guests thus far are Prince Harry’s close family members, including the Queen, and Markle’s parents.
The royal family will be footing the bill as they did with Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, but it’s possible that security costs will be paid by taxpayers.
The wedding will begin at noon, Greenwich mean time—which gives Brits plenty of time to watch the wedding, and the F.A. Cup Final.
Following the service, there will be a reception at St. George’s Hall for the couple and guests of the congregation. However, at 5:30, a second, more exclusive reception begins for just Harry and Meghan’s close family and friends.
At 1 p.m., Harry and Meghan will take a carriage procession from St. George’s Castle through the town of Windsor, so the public will get a chance to see the bride and groom on their wedding day.
There are still plenty of burning questions left unanswered. Who will be the best man? Will Princess Charlotte be a bridesmaid? Will Markle’s beagle, Guy, make an appearance in his doggy Union Jack sweater? Once we know, we’ll update this post.