Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement plans on Monday 27th November. The loved-up duo posed for pictures in a press conference later that day before appearing together in a TV interview. On 21st December, Prince Harry and his bride released official portraits to mark their engagement. In one photograph, the royal redhead looks very dapper in a blue suit and crisp white shirt. Meghan looks simply dazzling in a sheer mesh-style dress with a pretty leaf motif. The other picture sees Meghan snuggling up to her man. Sporting a huge smile as Prince Harry protects her from the cold, the actress proudly displays her sensational engagement ring in the tender black and white snap.
The Royal Wedding Date
In December, it was revealed that the pair will become man and wife on a Saturday in May 2018. A status posted to the official Kensington Palace Twitter account said: ‘His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle will marry on 19th May 2018.’
Meghan Markle’s Engagement Ring
Prince Harry got down on one knee in their London home with a trilogy ring he designed himself. The centre stone is a cushion-cut diamond from Botswana, with two further diamonds on either side from Harry Princess Diana’s jewellery collection. The ring was made by Cleave and Company, official jewellers to Queen Elizabeth II, and features a yellow gold band – Meghan’s favourite.
The Royal Wedding Venue
Confirmed by Kensington Palace officials, the location of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding will be at St George’s Chapel, in Windsor Castle.
Meghan Markle’s Wedding Dress
According to the Jerusalem Post, Israeli bridal designer, Inbal Dror, has been asked to submit a gown sketch by the palace. Other royal insiders have hinted that Ralph & Russo or Erdem may be chosen to design the dress.
The Bridal Bouquet
One thing we can (almost) be certain of is that Meghan will carry a sprig of myrtle in her bridal bouquet.
In 1845, Queen Victoria was gifted a posy containing the flower by Prince Albert’s grandmother, and, later that year, she had a sprig of it planted at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, where it still flourishes today. The tradition for royal brides to carry myrtle started when Victoria’s eldest daughter married in 1958 and carried some down the aisle. Both the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge’s bouquets contained it, and it has become an emblem of innocence, love and marriage.
Other symbolic flowers florist Shane Connolly included in the Duchess’ bouquet were Lily-of-the-Valley (the return of happiness), Sweet William (gallantry), Hyacinth (constancy) and Ivy (fidelity and friendship). We can’t wait to see what Meghan’s florist conjured up for her!
Prince Harry’s Wedding Suit
This outfit is a little easier to guess. Acting as best man to his brother, Prince William, and Kate Middleton’s wedding back in April 2011, both were dressed in military uniform. The Duke of Cambridge wore the uniform of the Colonel, Irish Guards because he had recently been appointed to this by The Queen. But because Harry no longer serves in the army, he might choose not to do his military robes and opt for a traditional morning suit – which is what Pippa Middleton’s husband, James Matthews, wore on their wedding day.
The Bridal Party
While we’re hoping Kate Middleton and the adorable Princess Charlotte will be included in the line-up of Meghan Markle’s bridesmaids, there are a few other girls we think might make the cut. Including TV producer Linsday Roth, who chose Meghan to be one of her bridesmaids, as well as her actress friend Janina Gavankar and Canadian fashion stylist Jessica Mulroney.
The Married Name
The name Meghan will take when she marries Prince Harry has been revealed. It is believed Harry will be given a royal dukedom by The Queen on his wedding day, Sussex, making Meghan the Duchess of Sussex. Her full name, though, will include both names of the Queen and Prince Philip. So, her married name will be Rachel Meghan Mountbatten-Windsor, Duchess of Sussex.
Meghan Will Make A Wedding Speech
The Sunday Times is reporting that Meghan Markle is planning to break royal protocol and give a speech at the royal wedding reception. The speech is pegged to be an “affectionate” tribute to her husband, and will also include thanks to the Queen, as well as her friends and family.
The Wedding Will Take Place at Midday
Kensington Palace has announced the timings of the wedding day via their Instagram. On May 19th, the royal wedding will begin at 12 noon, followed by a carriage procession at 1 pm around Windsor Town, and then a reception at St George’s Hall. According to the Palace, “later that evening, The Prince of Wales will give a private evening reception for the couple and their close friends and family.”
Members Of The Public Will Be Invited
Dreaming of attending the royal wedding? According to Kensington Palace, now you might be able to! The palace has reported that 1,200 members of the public will be invited to the Windsor Castle grounds in order for “members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too.”
Unfortunately, not everyone will be invited to attend. Instead, Kensington Palace will be inviting a range of people including 530 people from the royal households and the Crown Estate, 610 Windsor Castle community members, 200 from charities and 100 local school children.
Megan Markle Had Her Hen Party At Soho Farmhouse
It’s been reported Megan Markle enjoyed her hen party on Sunday, 4 March at Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire. According to E!, Meghan enjoyed an intimate day of good food and pampering with friends. Guests in attendance included Millie Mackintosh, while her future sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, who is pregnant, stayed at home to rest.
Claire Ptak of Violet Bakery is making the royal wedding cake
Kensington Palace has announced Claire Ptak of Violet Bakery in Hackney will be creating the cake for Meghan and Harry’s wedding. The cake is set to be a lemon elderflower cake covered in buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers. Originally hailing from America, Claire met the bride-to-be when Meghan managed the blog TheTig.com. Claire then moved to London where she first worked at a few gastro-pubs before opening a stall at Broadway Market, focusing on seasonal and organic ingredients in her cakes. “I can’t tell you how delighted I am to be chosen to make Prince Harry and Ms Markle’s wedding cake,” Clair told Kensington Palace. “Knowing that they really share the same values as I do about food provenance, sustainability, seasonality and most importantly flavour, makes this the most exciting event to be a part of.”
Post originally published on bridesmagazine.co.uk