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Royal wedding: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will get married this Saturday
18:00, 18 May 2018

Royal wedding: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will get married this Saturday

The ceremony will take place at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle

18:00, 18 May 2018

Reuters

British Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle will get married at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday, May 19. The Prince and Ms Markle have broken tradition by choosing to hold their wedding on a Saturday, as royal weddings usually take place during the week.

Watch online broadcast of the wedding here.

The ceremony

Harry's father Prince Charles, will walk Meghan down aisle. Prince of Wales said he was 'pleased to be able to welcome her' to family. He will step in for the father of the bride.

About 600 people have been invited to the service, but only 200 revelers will attend the private reception at Frogmore House hosted by Harry’s father, Prince Charles. 

Open source

Markle's father, Thomas Markle, will not be attending the wedding over his health problems that appeared in a dramatic upset just two days before the wedding. He cited heart problems after it emerged he had colluded with the paparazzi for staged photographs in his hometown in Mexico.

Thus, the ceremony will omit the traditional moment of "giving away", where the presiding Archbishop asks: "Who giveth this woman to be married to this man?"

Her mother, Doria Ragland, a yoga instructor and social worker, will be present at the ceremony. 

Markle already has Her Majesty Elizabeth II seal of approval. She gave her Instrument of Consent, which is her formal thumbs up for Prince Harry, 33, to take the former Suits star as his wife, on May 12.

When the engagement was publicly announced Monday morning, the Queen was amongst the first to give her blessing to the happy couple, saying she was "delighted." Whether the Queen will actually attend the wedding ceremony, however, is unclear.

As the British monarch, the Queen is also the head of the Church of England. The Church of England teaches that marriage is for life, and divorce is not encouraged. As Meghan Markle is a divorcee, the Queen may not feel she can attend or witness Markle's second marriage — even if it is to her grandson.

Open source

Kensington Palace announced that Charles would accompany the US star in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. 

"Ms Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St. George's Chapel on her Wedding Day. The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms Markle to The Royal Family in this way," Kensington Palace said.

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Royal Wedding schedule

8am: Invited members of the public start to gather on the lawn outside the chapel from where they will watch the royals and the wedding guests come and go

9.30am: Chapel guests begin to arrive and must be seated by 11.15am

11.20am: The Royal Family arrives

11.55am: The Queen, as the most senior member of the Royal Family, is the last royal to arrive

11.59am: Meghan arrives by car with her bridesmaids and page boys 

12pm The service in St George's Chapel gets under way, where the Dean of Windsor and Archbishop of Canterbury will marry Meghan and Harry in front of around 600 guests

1pm: The newlyweds will embark on an open-air carriage procession along Castle Hill, the High Street and into Windsor town centre before returning along the Long Walk to the castle for the reception. 

Afternoon: There will be a reception hosted by the Queen at St George's Hall for the couple and their guests.

Evening: Prince Charles will host a private reception at Frogmore House for the couple and 200 close friends and family.

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Their story

Harry and Markle first met each other on a blind date in July, 2016. Prince Harry said they had been introduced by a mutual friend. Markle says she didn't know about who he was before they met despite Prince Harry's fame. After months of the secret relationship, the fact was revealed. Prince Harry said he knew Meghan Markle was the one "the very first time we met." Later, the couple announced their engagement on November 27, 2017.  

In the months before the wedding, Meghan has been introduced to the British public and has been doing some royal duties: she attends official events alongside Harry, at the same time planning the wedding of the year. 

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