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How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Will Share Their Wedding Day With the Public

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Saying they want the British public to take part in their celebrations, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced a particularly grand way to open up their May 19 wedding to the world. Kensington Palace has announced that the couple will take part in a carriage procession immediately after their wedding ceremony which will take place at noon at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

In a statement released Monday morning a Palace spokesman said, “Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle are hugely grateful for the many good wishes they have received since announcing their engagement. They are very much looking forward to the day and to being able to share their celebrations with the public.”

The carriage procession will leave Windsor Castle via Castle Hill and process along the High Street and through Windsor Town, returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk. A spokesman said, “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.”

The ceremony will take place at noon local time, with the carriage procession scheduled for an hour later, at 1 p.m. It is expected that tens of thousands of well wishers, royalists, and tourists will turn out for the day and the couple are keen to show their appreciation. According to one royal source: ‘They are deep in the planning stages now and one of the things they wanted from the outset was to do a carriage tour after the ceremony. It will really add to the whole fairy tale feel of the day and because everything is happening behind the castle walls, it will be the only real chance for the public to see the couple close up.”

There are also plans for giant screens to be erected around Windsor town so that the crowds can watch the ceremony, which is due to be televised. There is also talk of some members of the public being allowed into the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The blueprint for the wedding is said to be Prince Edward’s wedding to Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999 when, in addition to a carriage procession, 8000 members of the public were invited into the castle grounds via a ballot system.
Now less than 100 days away, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is likely to be even more popular with scores of American tourists coming to the U.K. for the occasion. Windsor is bracing itself for a huge spike in tourism, with some hotels charging thousands of pounds a night for luxury suites. Many broadcasters who will be covering the event have been priced out of the town and have reserved rooms in the nearby town of Slough 3 miles away.

As family and friends eagerly await their invitations, many guests have already been informed by the couple that they have made the exclusive guest list. The Queen and Charles, the Prince of Wales, who are paying for the wedding and evening party, are overseeing a reception at St George’s Hall for the couple and guests from the congregation after the wedding. Prince Charles is hosting an evening reception for the couple and close family and friends later that night.

Says a royal source, “It will very much be for them and their friends. There is no pressure for them to invite foreign royals state dignitaries or V.I.P.s. This is not a state occasion, it’s a family wedding.”

Leading party planners Fait Accompli have apparently been hired to oversee the evening reception, and Meghan is also said to have asked her close friend Millie Mackintosh to help her with the plans. The American actress has apparently chosen her wedding dress designer with the help of her close friend Jessica Mulroney, whose four-year-old daughter Ivy has been promised a role as flower girl. The name is being kept under lock and key although Meghan has told friends she wants “a glamorous but traditional gown.”

Kensington Palace has also confirmed that the Dean of Windsor, The Rt Revd. David Conner, will conduct the service, and The Most Revd. and Rt Hon. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, will officiate as the couple make their marriage vows.

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Full ScreenPhotos:A Fond Farewell to Prince Harry, Third Wheel
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We begin with a shot from the royal wedding in 2011, when Harry—solo, gleeful—rode to the ceremony with some of the young members of the wedding party. (Keep this photo in mind as we progress through our journey!)

Photo: By Stephanie Schaerer/Daily Mail/REX/Shutterstock.

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One umbrella for him and one for, uh . . . both of them.

Photo: By Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images.

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“How stupendous.”
“Truly, Catherine. It’s stunning.”
“Guys, can you—do you mind if—?”

Photo: By Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

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This should really be the cover of some kind of Historic Third Wheels coffee-table book.

Photo: By Max Mumby/Indigo.

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This is super sweet; we have nothing pithy to say about it!

Photo: By Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

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Someone get the red-haired prince a cool little red air horn thing!!!!!!!

Photo: By Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

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Remember that first picture of Harry in the carriage with the bridesmaids at Kate and William’s wedding?? Well soon he will be getting married himself and these third-wheel pictures we’ve been looking at will (with a few exceptions here and there, probably!) be a thing of the past!

Photo: By Max Mumby/Indigo.

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We begin with a shot from the royal wedding in 2011, when Harry—solo, gleeful—rode to the ceremony with some of the young members of the wedding party. (Keep this photo in mind as we progress through our journey!)

By Stephanie Schaerer/Daily Mail/REX/Shutterstock.

148073214JM172_Olympics_Day

148073214JM172_Olympics_Day

One umbrella for him and one for, uh . . . both of them.

By Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images.

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80645902

“How stupendous.”
“Truly, Catherine. It’s stunning.”
“Guys, can you—do you mind if—?”

By Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

80362342

80362342

This should really be the cover of some kind of Historic Third Wheels coffee-table book.

By Max Mumby/Indigo.

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“Harry, it’s like you’re our son or something!”
Thanks, Kate.”
“Do a spell, Harry! C’mon”
“A spell, Will? Do I—? . . . . Fine.

By Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

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A Few Steps Behind is what we feel like this portrait would be called if it were up in a gallery somewhere.

By Samir Hussein/Getty Images.

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It almost looks like his face was Photoshopped onto this one, doesn’t it?!

By Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

“Up when they’re down; down when they’re up” is the title of the Tumblr post we imagine Harry wrote after this event.

Both by Karwai Tang/Getty Images.

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A rare fifth-wheel moment here!

By Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

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“Guys, I want to meet Paddington Bear, too! . . . Guys?”

By Samir Hussein/Getty Images.

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“Kate, do you mind moving your umbrella?” a photographer shout-whispers, “You’re blocking Harry.” Kate turns around: “Oh goodness, didn’t even realize!”

by Kirsty Wigglesworth/WPA Pool/Getty Images.

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Harry’s expression here seems to say, “I see what you’re going for here, photographer. Very amusing.”

By ARTHUR EDWARDS/Getty Images.

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This is super sweet; we have nothing pithy to say about it!

By Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

700034298BD00088_The_Duke_D

700034298BD00088_The_Duke_D

Someone get the red-haired prince a cool little red air horn thing!!!!!!!

By Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

271117_indigo_harry-009.jpg

271117_indigo_harry-009.jpg

Remember that first picture of Harry in the carriage with the bridesmaids at Kate and William’s wedding?? Well soon he will be getting married himself and these third-wheel pictures we’ve been looking at will (with a few exceptions here and there, probably!) be a thing of the past!

By Max Mumby/Indigo.

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