Monday, 12 February 2018

Royal Wedding 2018: Harry and Meghan's big day revealed

We know the date, we know the place, now we got us the times. The schedule for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding has been revealed and it's a case of high noon for this pair of royal lovebirds. Here's what you need to know about the day Harry weds Meghan...

The couple's wedding ceremony will take place at noon. We already know they're saying 'I do' at St. George's Chapel, Windsor but they've just shared that the Dean of Windsor, the Right Reverend David Conner, will be conducting the service. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will take over the officiating as they make their marriage vows. It will all take about an hour with Kensington Palace telling us to expect our first glimpse of Harry and Meghan emerging from the Chapel at around 1pm.

Once the couple have made it down the famous steps of St. George's, there will be a horse drawn carriage awaiting them and their first royal moment as a married couple will see them head off into the town for a tour of its famous streets, allowing the thousands expected there a chance to cheer the lovebirds in person. There will be plenty of chances to see them - they will ride along Castle Hill and the High Street then through the town centre itself before returning to the Castle via the Long Walk - so you know where to pitch yourself if you get there early enough for a prime spot.

We also now know that Harry and Meghan, like William and Kate, will be having two wedding receptions. The first will take place at St. George's Hall and will see guests from the wedding service sit down for the wedding breakfast and no doubt stand up again several times for toasts. The second reception will take place that evening. It will be a private event, hosted by the Prince of Wales, for family and friends.

Kensington Palace says the couple hope as many people as possible can share in the excitement of their big day. I don't think they need to worry about that. The race for St. George's at noon on the 19th is already underway. Just 96 days to go.

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