• Susie Wilson

The Royal Wedding

Picture: Alexi Lubomirski via Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Wedding Will Cost $42 Million ... And Guess Who's paying the Bill? From the cake to security, there's quite a bill for the royal wedding.

Royal Wedding  Royal Family, like rules for Meghan and the royal traditions.  "Meghan must remember to curtsy to The Queen when she arrives at the head of the nave of the chapel. "This is something The now Duchess of Cambridge forgot to do (although she did remember to do it on the way out). I am sure nerves were to blame — with 2.4 billion people watching. That said Meghan is currently an American citizen and so does not have to curtsy to The Queen but she has curtsyed to Her Majesty at other events before, such as Christmas at Sandringham. So a precedent has been established.

How exactly Prince Harry will arrive.

"Usually grooms and their best man arrive at the church through a side door but for royal weddings, it is the custom for them to walk through the cathedral/chapel/Abbey and greet and acknowledge the guests. Prince Harry, however nervous, needs to remember to be as charming as usual to the assembled throng — but equally the guests need to make sure they say very little more than just a ‘good morning, Your Royal Highness’ and not engage in a proper conversation." The wedding will be smaller in scale to Prince William's, but it's every bit as exciting. The service, music, dinner, cake, flowers, decorations, and reception will be paid for by the royal family. "An event is a big event and the British are slowly catching up with their media and the Americans, who seem to be almost at a fever pitch about the whole day. "It will be a smaller scale event than 2011 due to Prince Harry’s position in the line of succession (now sixth) in relation to his brother’s (second). The wedding itself will feel and look different from 2011 — and rightly so. This will help people not compare and contrast it quite so much. But key moments that those watching on TV will be looking for (balcony kiss, for example) won’t happen as the wedding isn’t in London but is at Windsor and there is no balcony available. Although I’d imagine the couple will kiss on the stairs outside the chapel upon leaving the service. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry on May 19, 2018, and already the two are bucking tradition. The wedding day, a Saturday, goes against royal tradition, as the family usually reserves a weekday for family weddings. Prince William and Kate Middleton wed on a Friday and the Queen on a Thursday. Royal watchers say the date may have been chosen in order to give the Duchess of Cambridge time to recover after the birth of Prince Louis.

The bars will stay open late. Although the public was given a day off to celebrate the weddings of Prince Charles to Princess Diana in 1981, and Wills and Kate in 2011, Harry and Meghan’s Saturday nuptials assures many people already have the day off to celebrate — and drink. Pubs will remain open past 1 a.m. so non-guests can celebrate anyway.

There will be no wedding presents. What do you get the couple who has everything? Nothing. The duo have requested that guests skip the wedding gifts and donate to the following: CHIVA (Children's HIV Association), Crisis (a UK-based homelessness charity), the Myna Mahila Foundation (a charity that supports women in Mumbai's urban slums), Scotty's Little Soldiers (which helps bereaved Armed Forces children), StreetGames (a foundation using sport to change lives), Surfers against Sewage and The Wilderness Foundation UK (which promotes the enjoyment of wild nature). The Location St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle is already being prepped for security and a 12 p.m. ceremony. The venue seats 800 and an additional 400 will be seated outside. The Dean of Windsor will conduct the “I do’s” and the Archbishop of Canterbury will officiate. After the service, a horse and carriage procession will take the two from the chapel through Windsor town returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk. The night before the royal wedding Prince Harry and Meghan will spend the night before the wedding apart, as royal tradition asks. They will spend their first night as a married couple in Windsor Castle. 

We wish the new couple a lifetime of love and happiness. 

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