Royal couple to invite public to wedding celebrations

Rosalie Gross
March 3, 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are inviting more than 2,000 people to watch their arrival at Windsor Castle on their wedding day, the Daily Mail reported.

Prince Harry and his fiancee, the American actress Megan Markle, announced on Friday that they would invite members of public to their May wedding.

The 1,200 members of the public will be drawn "from every corner of the United Kingdom" said Kensington Palace, and will be nominated to attend by nine regional Lord Lieutenant offices. At 13:00 GMT they will travel through Windsor in Berkshire in a carriage and members of the public invited will be allowed to view the events from inside the walls of the castle.

"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", the Kensington Palace said.

The carriage will then proceed along a route through the surrounding area, ending up back at Windsor Castle, along streets thronged with well-wishers.

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A reception will be held at St. George's Hall for guests who had been in the congregation, and Prince Charles will be hosting a private reception for the couple, friends and family that evening. St George's school is an independent prep school, originally founded to educate the choristers of St George's chapel.

Also invited into the castle grounds are 200 people from charities and organisations close to Prince Harry and Ms. Markle, including those which Prince Harry serves as Patron.

Prince Harry and Markle have gone against royal tradition by choosing a Saturday for their big day, as royal weddings usually take place on a weekday.

The Archbishop of Canterbury will officiate at the wedding and David Conner, dean of Windsor, will conduct the service at St George's Chapel.

Since the couple revealed their engagement in November, they have made several public appearances, taking trips to Cardiff, Edinburgh, Nottingham and south London and spending a traditional Christmas with other members of the royal family including Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

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