A REAL LIFE FAIRY-TALE
As royal wedding fever sweeps the nation we shine a light on what we can expect from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day
14th May 2018
Special moment: The couple shared the story of their engagement in an BBC interview at the end of 2017
As we countdown the days until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say ‘I do’ royal wedding fever is taking the nation by storm.
It’s a fairy-tale that has captured hearts across the Atlantic as the dashing prince and American actress prepare to tie the knot on Saturday, May 19 at St George’s Chapel within the picturesque grounds of Windsor Castle.
All eyes have been on Prince Harry and his superstar girlfriend since they met through mutual friends in 2016 and as the big day draws ever-closer the world waits with baited breath to watch the couple make history.
So, just exactly can we expect from the big day? Although we’re waiting in anticipation, details of Meghan’s dress have been kept firmly under wraps, but there are a few details that have been released.
The couple will officially tie the knot in a ceremony which begins at 12noon in the gothic surroundings of St George’s Chapel before taking a carriage ride through Windsor to greet the thousands of well-wishers expected to line the streets. Later that afternoon the Queen will host a lunchtime reception in honour of the newlyweds, inviting 600 guests to the St George’s Hall of Windsor Castle – Her Majesty’s favourite residence.
Then the real party can begin with 200 evening guests invited to an intimate soiree at Frogmore House, nestled in the sanctuary of Windsor Home Park to end a truly remarkable day.
There’s no doubt that royal weddings have long held a whimsical charm over the nation, with each one never failing to inspire brides and grooms to be when planning their own nuptials.
And it all began with Queen Victoria who, when she wed Prince Albert at St James’s Palace in 1840, wore a white wedding dress. Not commonplace at the time, when coloured dresses were very much in Vogue, white was considered a symbol of wealth rather than purity – very fitting for a royal bride.
In 1947 when Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) wed Philip Mountbatten the nation was recovering from the aftermath of WWII. The young bride-to-be donned a satin gown donned with motifs of lilies and orange blossoms designed by Norman Hartness had to use ration coupons to obtain the material.
Fast forward to July 29, 1981 and more than 600,000 people lined the streets of London to watch Lady Diana Spencer say ‘I do’ to Prince Charles at St Paul’s Cathedral. An incredible 750 million people tuned into the lavish affair on television with the 3,500 had the chance to watch the couple tie the knot – and check out that David Emanuel dress with its 25 foot train in real life.
However, it wasn’t until 2011 that the world would celebrate a royal wedding with quite as much pomp when Prince William and Catherine Middleton finally walked down the aisle at Westminster Abbey. Kate wowed in an Alexander McQueen lace design by Sarah Burton for the iconic brand. More than 24 million people tuned into the nuptials earning it a sport on the top 10 most watched TV moments in the UK – coming just after the 1966 World Cup final which had 32.3 million views.
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