Written by Katie Byrne, published 6th march
Nope, this isn’t a premature April Fool…
Chances are you’ve heard so much about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding plans over the last couple of months that you’re probably similarly acquainted with them as you to your own wedmin and big-day countdown.
As in, for real.
So naturally, it’s only fair that the Prince and his bride-to-be have now decided to extend their guest list to give members of the public a chance to attend the celebration that the world will have its collective eye glued to come May 19th.
According to an official statement issued on behalf of the couple, precisely 2,640 members of the British public will be invited to watch the bride and groom up close as they arrive at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, as well as watch their carriage depart after the ceremony.
The invitation does not include seeing the actual ceremony, nor does it incorporate the reception, either.
So why the invite? A statement from Kensington Palace said: “Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have said they want their Wedding Day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too. 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.”
Almost half (1,200) of the members of the public invited to witness the occasion will be nominated by regional lord lieutenants, who represent Queen Elizabeth II in each of the UK’s various counties.
The Kensington Palace press release confirms: “1,200 members of the public from every corner of the United Kingdom will be nominated to attend by nine regional Lord Lieutenant offices. The couple has asked that the people chosen are from a broad range of backgrounds and ages, including young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities."
As well as those nominated by the lord lieutenants, there will be an additonal 1,440 people invited to watch the couple arrive and leave their venue, with the release revealing those who will be chosen include:
- "200 people from a range of charities and organisations which Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have a close association with, including those which Prince Harry serves as Patron.
- 100 pupils from two local schools: The Royal School, Great Park, Windsor and St George's School, Windsor Castle – both of which have a strong affiliation with the Windsor Castle community.
- 610 Windsor Castle community members, including residents of Windsor Castle and members of the St George's Chapel community.
- 530 Members of The Royal Households and Crown Estate.”
If you want to swot up on what, exactly, is happening on the couple's wedding day, find out here.
Image: Instagram/Kensington Palace