Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s wedding will involve a carriage ride through Windsor

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce their engagement

Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace and Clarence House have finally released the plan for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, and this whole thing makes me so happy. We already knew that they scheduled the wedding for May 19th, a Saturday. Which means that peeps in Great Britain won’t be getting a bank holiday, but the good news is that everyone in the UK and America will get to watch the wedding stuff because they’ve scheduled it for a time when most of us get up anyway. Like, I won’t have to get up at 4 am that Saturday. Thank God. Here are the details:

It’s going to be another fairy-tale royal wedding when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot on May 19. The newlyweds will ride in a horse-carriage through the streets of Windsor after exchanging their vows at St. George’s Chapel, palace officials confirmed on Sunday. At the 2011 royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the carriage ride through London was one of the day’s most romantic highlights.

Also on Sunday, the palace shared exactly when royals fans will need to set their alarms for the big day. The service will begin at 12 p.m. U.K. time, or 7 a.m. EST/4 a.m. PST. The carriage procession will depart an hour later, at 8 a.m. EST/5 a.m. PST.

With fewer than 100 days until the couple say “I do,” officials shared a new round of details, including confirmation that the couple will be married by the Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Revd. and Rt Hon. Justin Welby. He will conduct the marriage ceremony, but the full service at the chapel will be led by The Rt Revd. David Conner, the Dean of Windsor.

After the wedding, the couple will parade through the streets — leaving Windsor Castle via Castle Hill and preceding along the High Street through Windsor Town before returning to the castle along the Long Walk.

“They hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day,” said the statement from Kensington Palace.

The palace will not say whether invitations have already sent or comment on the number of people who will be expected at St. George’s Chapel on the big day. (It can hold around 800 guests.) Those who land one of the golden tickets will be invited to a reception at St. George’s Hall, one of the luxurious state rooms inside the castle. The couple will then join the reception after returning from the carriage procession. After a break in the late afternoon, there will be a private evening reception given by Harry’s father, Prince Charles. No word yet on whether that reception will be held inside the state apartments or at another venue within the Windsor estate, such as Frogmore House – where the couple’s romantic engagement photos were taken.

[From People]

According to TMZ and The Sun, Harry and Meghan are allowing cameras in the chapel, so various TV channels will likely be carrying the ceremony live, and I would imagine there will be more than one live stream of the festivities. Prince Charles also allowed for his second wedding to be televised when he married Camilla at the same chapel, so it’s not something new that’s happening. Plus, I imagine there will be more interest in THIS wedding (in America) considering Meghan’s an American. I’m really beyond thrilled that everything starts at a somewhat decent hour here on the East Coast. Some of you have asked if we’ll have live coverage – of course we will. CB and I haven’t worked out the logistics yet – let us get through the Oscars, then we’ll figure it out – but we will have full wedding coverage on the day.


Photos courtesy of WENN, Kensington Palace.

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  1. aquarius64 says:

    Daily Mail is reporting only Meghan’s close family is invited, so back stabbing half siblings Samantha and Tom Jr are off the guest list. KP raised the issues of the Obamas coming and there is some diplomatic rangling. Trump will not be invited according to DM.

  2. Cher says:

    I am so looking forward to this.

  3. Nicole says:

    I’ll still miss it (as will so many friends) as it’s a major graduation weekend in the US. I plan to dvr the wedding.

  4. Peggy says:

    After the wedding there will be a reception, then in the evening Prince Charles will host a dinner, (close friends and family) followed by a Bar party.
    Someone was asking why Meghan’s grifter half-brother was calling his sister Vonnie, her name is Yvonne.

  5. jferber says:

    She looks especially beautiful in that top photo and she radiates happiness. I just love her.

  6. The Original Mia says:

    7 is early for me on a Saturday. Will definitely have to make an exception. I can’t believe it’s 100 days away. Time has flown since November.

  7. Mar says:

    I am surprised that Megan, an animal activist, would allow horse drawn carriages.

    • OriginalLala says:

      I’m not surprised anymore – anyone who happily marries into the royal family, a hugely misogynist, paternalistic and racist institution (colonialism anyone?!) with a pretty sketchy history relating to animals (I mean, who needs to kill 1000s of birds in one day!?) probably isn’t as wonderful and amazing as they are portrayed to be. I wouldn’t be surprised if after the wedding she starts taking part in shoots, buys a pedigree dog (which she was always against), and wears real fur.

      I’ll enjoy her fashion, but that’s about it.

      • HoustonGrl says:

        Well, she’s already changed everything about herself for this man. So yea.

      • seesittellit says:

        The reigning constitutional monarchies of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, and Lichtenstein are also almost completely white, and The Netherlands and Belgium and Denmark also have colonial history. Is it your opinion that those families are also racist, misogynist, paternalistic, etc.?

        Britain hasn’t been a colonial power for better than half a century. Everyone in the Commonwealth now is there voluntarily. The monarchy was there well before the colonial era. Male primogeniture was quietly done away with when Pss. Charlotte was born. No fuss from what we can glean was made about Ms. Markle entering the family by any member, and the Queen and Prince Charles appear to be quite unperturbed about the entry into the ranks of senior royals of a biracial, 36 year-old, divorced American actress.

        Aren’t you rather clinging to a narrative about Britain that hasn’t been true for some time? Did you know the actual “Raj” only lasted 70 years?

    • Coz says:

      Her futur husband enjoys hunting so it’s weird tp me that you would draw the line at drawn carriages

    • Masamf says:

      No horses are being cruelly slaughtered in this scenario, you know!

    • ScottieIsBack says:

      Er… no. She is known as a lover of rescue dogs. Nowhere has she ever said she is an animal activist – whatever that means.

    • magnoliarose says:

      I have never read she is a card-carrying member of Peta.
      There is a difference between animal welfare and animal activism. Since she eats meat, therefore, she is not an animal activist.
      My friend’s mother is an animal rights lawyer, and she is VERY different from someone who believes in rescuing animals and kindness to pets. She lives out on a large piece of land, and her cats are a litter of ferals she found in her stables where she keeps her horses who were rescued from abusive trainers. All of her “pets” are rescued from severe situations including all sorts of farm animals. Meat is only allowed for the carnivorous animals on her entire property. She goes after hunters, agri-business, labs, shelters, pet food industry and the fashion industry, etc. The woman carries a rifle when she is out on her property because hunters like to pretend to wander onto it and she will aim it at them and tell them to leave. That is another story though.
      She does not see human life as more meaningful or relevant than that of a worm.
      Activists do not have blurry lines, and they would not marry Harry.

      Meghan loves animals and pets. She wishes they had good lives. Perhaps hunting isn’t so great. That is about it. She isn’t thinking I hope that bitch drops dead when she sees someone wearing fur.
      So horses and carriages would enrage my friend’s mother but not someone like Meghan.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        Exactly. I dont get where people get this idea that she’s like some PETA activist. I think she’s like a lot of people – including myself, who love animals and think hunting is bad but still eat meat and wear leather *shrug*

      • Mar says:

        First of all, if you knew about PETA, they are not even real animal activists.

        Everyone here must know Megan personally because I have indeed read many stories of how she is a vegetarian and switches to veganism when she’s trying to be extra healthy. Also I have read she’s an animal activist, so apparently I have read conflicting reports on what you all seem so sure of.

        Anyway, the horse and carriage thing is indeed cruel, outdated , and unnecessary.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        @Mar – I don’t know what stories you read but Meghan had her own lifestyle website for awhile and she never once mentioned being vegetarian OR vegan. She even talked in her and Harry’s engagement interview about roasting a chicken. So yeah…she’s not an animal activist.

      • magnoliarose says:

        I know plenty about animal activism, and I am a vegan, animal lover and research the products I use and try my best to buy cruelty-free, but I am not militant. I do my best, and that is all I can do. I would not marry or date a hunter. I am more involved than Meghan and lean more in the vein of activism though by no means am I an extremist.
        I just think zealotry in any form does more harm than good to any cause. No one needs a judgy pain in the butt vegan or (name your cause) in their face when a conversation is more helpful and inspirational.
        So while I am here and enjoying the love story and mindless gossip and debate, I don’t expect my value system to be Meghan’s so I appreciate the Royals with that in mind. From a distance.
        My husband is a vegan, and I raise my children as vegans. My pets are not, and I have significant problems with people who feed carnivores like cats a vegan diet. I also have arguments with PETA though they do raise good issues and have good reviews for vegan foods.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      She is NOT an animal activist and has never claimed to be such. She is an animal lover like a lot of other people who arent animal activists.

  8. Anna says:

    Meh. I was hoping for a royal wedding with a proper tiara show, like Victoria’s. This wedding takes place too early for that, I think?

  9. Juliette says:

    I can’t wait for the wedding!

  10. Veronica says:

    It’s still 4am for us West coasters. We’ll be up regardless as we wouldn’t miss it. My mum is going to spend the night and we are going to have a princess party with my two daughters. The oldest is 4 and will be so excited as she is obsessed with princesses. I can’t wait!

  11. Jeanne says:

    This is a question for you all:

    My sisters and I plan on going to England for the wedding and we thought it would be to see everything. Will we be able to camp out like they did for will and Kate’s? Also, if we did get a good spot would we be able to see people coming and going or is st George’s covered from from the castle? We don’t need to see much since were just going for the experience but I would like to see something, you know?

    Any info is greatly appreciated!!

  12. Kitty says:

    I feel as if the mood for this wedding is not as great as I thought it would be. Always had a bad feeling about this union. Don’t hate just my opinion.

  13. Other Renee says:

    What kind of safety precautions will be in place? With a lot of people vocally expressing hostility toward her I would hope that measures would be taken to prevent some lunatic showing up with a weapon.

    • LAK says:

      Is this a serious question?

      I ask because any event / parade involving the royals has very visible regiments of soldiers and police, on foot, horseback and in the air. Not to mention the plainsclothed security services wandering amongst the crowds.

    • Sherry says:

      I was concerned as well, especially after reading some of the comments on the DM. I saw one comment suggesting people show up with rotten food and tomatoes to throw at them as they pass by. Why? Why are people so hostile to this marriage and it seems Meghan in particular? She seems like a lovely person.

      • LAK says:

        The layers between them and the population would require people of exceptional shot to hit them with the vegetables.

        Further, the routes are lined with metal barriers that the crowds can’t cross. On the other side of the barriers are 2 rows of armed uniformed police and soldiers. The actual carriage is surrounded on all sides at all times by mounted armed soldiers several rows deep. And there is air cover at all times.

        It’s a wonder anyone can see the actual couple in their carriage.

      • Nn says:

        There are certain unspoken rules about hierarchies and where one belongs in GB…Megan, as a mixed race half white and black woman, has stepped out of her “place” and this is upsetting to some people.
        Biracial/black women at most can only marry working class white men, not upper class white men and certainly not royalty!
        The issue is that megans mother is black. If her mother was white and her father was black, the racist white women wouldn’t have as much of a problem with it.
        Another double standard but stay with me here, there is a method to their madness…so megan not only is stepping out of her place she is upsetting the natural order how dare she!
        Their mindset is: she’s not allowed.she should know her place.
        It is a mixture of hate and envy.

      • LAK says:

        Nn: biracial / black women can only marry white working class men? Who put out this memo?

      • Lorelai says:

        Throwing rotten food at them? WTF is wrong with people?!!

      • Masamf says:

        The DM is rife with commenters that are not even from Britain so, IMO using commenter on DM as gauge of anyone’s popularity (or lack of) or hostility is inappropriate. If H&M were to get hit by rotten eggs or tomatoes, it would already have happened at least once. But they’ve been out on more than one occasion where they get so close to people that there is physical contact with the public but all visits have received very warm and positive reception from the public. I’m not concerned about any hostility toward H&M perse. The outcry of taxpayers money going into security at this wedding is just weird, aren’t all politicians being provided with some sort of security? Also, the BRF is being provided with security wedding or no wedding, so .either way, the taxpayer will always be paying for somebody to get security, that’s how the world goes!

      • magnoliarose says:

        The security money thing is hilarious. I imagine a woman sitting at home with her arms crossed harrumphing over and over again and then in the next breath reminiscing about the good ole days of Maggie Thatcher. If they are brave, they may make a rude comment about Ireland, but then they realize it is 2018 and it’s not such a good idea.

      • bluhare says:

        I don’t know anything about hierarchies and all that, but as an example, I saw a headline (The Sun?) blaring about Meghan “snubbing” the rugby match because she didn’t go with Harry, who is the patron of English rugby. Yet, I did not see headlines about the bloody patron of Welsh rugby who also “snubbed” the match!

      • Kloops says:

        I have a large extended family in the UK, including a cousin who was a personal banker for the RF and a grandfather who was a Grenadier Guard (different sides of the family – one was far more upwardly mobile than the other). My immediate family was the only one to escape to the colonies.

        In my family, even with the peripheral contacts, no one has strong feelings either way. Truly. No one cares Harry is marrying a biracial divorcee. No one cares Kate has a reputation as being keen in name only. They love the Queen and tolerate the rest so long as they’re doing their jobs and keeping costs within reason. Most think of them as tourist and charity ambassadors and not much beyond that. There is not a significant public sentiment towards upsetting the wedding. Far from it. Don’t believe the DM. It’s trash. Overwhelmingly there is good will towards both Harry and Will and they just want them to have decent, productive lives – when they think of them at all.

      • PrincessK says:

        That will never happen….these key board trolls are cowards and never leave their hovels. The vast majority of people are very happy.

    • TyrantDestroyed says:

      I am concerned for safety due to the unfortunate recent events, not for the wacko DM readers. I hope security will be extra provided for the people showing up to watch in the streets. The Royals and VIP guests will be well protected by the police .

      • PrincessK says:

        Talking of DM and trolls. The stupid petition going around to stop her marrying Harry fell into my inbox! One of the main reasons for her lack of fitness is sticking her tongue out.
        I have since seen a picture of Prince William, sitting in an open carriage dressed in full Order of the Garter regalia and sticking his tongue out just like Meghan.

  14. Hazel says:

    Sigh. It’ll be 1AM for me, but at least it’s a Saturday! I’ll be up!!😍👸
    And to nitpick a bit: Charles & Camilla got married elsewhere, they just had a blessing in the chapel.

  15. Nina says:

    The carriage ride goes from point A to point A. Completely unnecessary. I wonder how much that will cost additionally, having to have security all along the whole route for something that can be left out. I remember Harry saying he never wanted to have the circus wedding his brother had, and now he’s planning one.

  16. Lobbit says:

    Ya’ll are a bunch of wet blankets. The carriage procession is a nice touch – and it’s the same route Sophie and Edward took for their post wedding ride. It’s a mile long and the entire area probably would have been locked down by security anyway. There’s no ride through London, no balcony kiss – the whole thing is as low key as it can get for a senior royal.

  17. aquarius64 says:

    No major news organizations are putting their names to Samantha as correspondent. They’re afraid of the backlash.

  18. tearose11 says:

    Carriage ride, tiara blah blah blah. So much for her “updating” the BRF.

    I don’t personally care about it, but when they announced their engagement some ppl reacted like she and Harry were going to move out of KP (or where ever they live), buy a VW camper and start a chicken-raising commune.

    Nope, girl ain’t going to change nada. She loves the attention & the prestige and being part of the Royalty. She hustled just right and landed herself a Prince. Which is fine, I wish I could have married into money, too. Not the BRF, cuz I’d have found their rules stifling. But I guess both M & K are ok with the trade-off.

    But seriously, I’d love to be able to work maybe 10 days out of the year and then just nap with kitties the rest of the time like the work-shy uber-rich do. Oh, well.

    I do hope the wedding goes off well and that racists a**holes aren’t allowed to disrupt it in anyway.

    • seesittellit says:

      @tearose11 – This!!!! in toto. This is what she’s marrying him for only it’s heresy to suggest that any such thing ever entered her mind. It’s the hoop-la, attention, social status, wealth, jewels, cheering crowds, beautiful homes, deference – and why on earth not?! Who wouldn’t be dazzled by the prospect?! Of course, it’s too bad about his insane family, but eh, she looks like a coper.

      I plan to watch with gusto, in early hours with tea and scones and strawberries as I’ve done for every other royal wedding, and I really doubt there will be a a-holes disrupting it – the response seems to the engagement seems to have ranged from happy to indifferent. If there are any such a-holes, security will stick them in some dark space they belong in.

    • Veronica says:

      First of all, don’t worry, cause no racists or homeless will be allowed anywhere near there.
      Secondly, come on!! Did you miss Meghan’s breath of fresh air by her working every day since the engagement? Turning down all the trappings of royalty?? Insisting she keep her charities, her citizenship, her DOG??? Yes?
      Me, too. I must have missed this.
      The drive to make Meghan what she isn’t is funny, yet kind of sad. Look at her in pictures. Dewy eyes, hands clasped to chest, she is SO actressy!! It is pretty funny!
      Hey, good for her, but let’s not pretend she isn’t Kate Middleton II.

  19. Nikki says:

    OK!! I am quite uplifted despite no Spice Girls Reunion! I think I’ll invite girl friends over for a May 19th breakfast party with all my best china, delicious hot, fragrant pastries, and watch every minute of coverage!!

  20. Veronica says:

    Thank goodness they will have gotten all those horrible homeless people off the streets so they can enjoy their carriage ride!!
    /tone dead royals

  21. maryquitecontrary says:

    I am so happy for them. I hope it will be a lifelong love match!

    But…I probably won’t be up that early on a Saturday to watch it live.

    I was for Diana and Charles, but I was a pup then. :)

    Blessings for a happy union!

  22. Citresse says:

    That’s lovely, a carriage ride through Windsor has the eternal medieval feel to it. Very romantic!