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Just a few days before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle close the knot for a fairytale at Windsor Castle on May 19, we answer all questions about the royal wedding.

. 1 Who are the bride and groom?

Prince Harry, 33, officially known as Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales, marries Rachel Meghan Markle (who by her middle name, Meghan), 36, an American actress known as Rachel Zane on the legal TV series Suits .

. 2 When is the wedding?

Saturday, May 19, 2018. The ceremony begins at 12 o'clock. U.K. Time is about to take an hour, so be sure to set your clocks and keep your tiaras bright and ready early (that's 7:00 am EST / 4:00 pm PST).

. 3 Where will the wedding take place?

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

. 4 Are Prince William and Kate Middleton married?

No, William and Kate got married at Westminster Abbey in London. It can hold 2,000 guests, while St. George's Chapel can hold 800.

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5. Why is not it held in the same place?

Since William is the future heir to the throne, his wedding was a far more sophisticated affair than that of Prince Harry. Harry is now sixth in line (thanks to the arrival of Prince Louis!), So while it's still safe to be a great event, his wedding will be on a different scale.

. 6 Who is invited?

Harry's immediate family members, of course, as well as his close cousins ​​like Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice. While William invited a number of members of other royal families to his wedding, this will be on a smaller scale, and will likely only include those who have a direct connection with the bride or groom. Friends of Harry's military service will be present, as well as long-time close friends like Tom Inskip and Guy Pelly. Meghan's mother and father will be there, as well as a handful of her closest friends.

. 7 Anyone else?

They bet – the couple had invited 2,500 people to follow their arrival and departure at St. George's Chapel. Guests include young people who have shown strong leadership and served their communities. Another 300 guests come from charities supporting Meghan and Harry, as well as from schools near the wedding venue. Amelia Thompson, 12, who survived the Manchester bombing in May 2017, was one of the young leaders chosen to attend, and she plans to honor the 22 deceased in bombing by putting a candle on her name [196592002] 8. What about the people who live nearby?

610 people living in the castle grounds and 530 Royal Court and Crown Estate members were also invited. If you have not received the golden ticket, you will have to engage with the rest of the enthusiastic public and try to see the royal couple dragging through Windsor in a horse-drawn carriage after the ceremony.

9. Can I observe the wedding train up close?

After the ceremony, the couple will drive to a carriage procession at 8am EST / 5pm PST, leaving Windsor Castle via Castle Hill and following the main road through the town of Windsor before returning to the castle along the Long Walk. If you hope to have a look at the parade, you should camp a few days in advance!

10th I can not make the trip – where else can I see her?

You can follow the live coverage on PeopleTV.com or download the PeopleTV app on your favorite mobile or connected TV. A variety of cable networks will broadcast the ceremony live, including NBC's Today PBS, ABC, CBS and BBC America.

. 11 Who will marry the couple?

The Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Revd. and Rt Hon. Justin Welby. He will perform the wedding ceremony, but The Rt Revd. David Conner, Dean of Windsor, will lead the entire service in the chapel.

12th How did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet?

Her fairytale romance began with a blind date that was launched in July 2016 by a mutual friend. "It was definitely a set-up … it was definitely a blind date," Harry reveals during the couple's November interview engagement.

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13. What did they know from each other before they met?

Not much! "Because I come from the States, you do not grow up with the same understanding of the royal family," Meghan said in her interview. "And while I now understand very clearly that there is a global interest, I did not know much about him." Harry had never seen suits and did not know about Meghan until they met. "Everything I've learned about him and his family would be shared with me, and vice versa, for both of us it was just a truly authentic and organic way of getting to know each other," Meghan said.

fourteenth Is Prince Harry nice?

Of all the questions, that was one thing Meghan asked her mutual friend about the prince before committing the blind date. "If he was not nice, it just did not – it did not seem like it made any sense," she explained. Probably, as everything goes out between them, we think that the answer is yes!

15th Was it love at first sight?

Meghan said, "Very quickly [their first date] we said," What are we going to do tomorrow? We should meet again. "Harry was immediately affected by her when they met." I was so surprised when I came to this room and saw her and there she sat. I said, "Okay, well, I really have to play my game here and sit down and make sure I'm able to talk well."

16. And then, what happened?

After their first date, the couple left London twice before suggesting a romantic trip to Botswana where they "camped under the stars," the prince said. "So we were really alone, which was crucial for me to make sure we got to know each other."

17th When did you go public with your relationship?

A close friend of Harry had revealed to PEOPLE in October 2016 that the couple had been together for "a few months".

18th How did the public react?

While many people were excited, a rash of public reactions led Harry to an unprecedented statement on November 8, 2016 in which they confirmed their relationship and denounced the racist and sexist harassment Meghan suffered

19 , When did you get engaged?

Clarence House released the couple's official engagement announcement in late November 2017, which states, "His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month."

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20. How did Harry suggest?

"It was a cozy night," Meghan said from the moment Harry posed the question in her cottage at Kensington Palace. It was just an amazing surprise, it was so sweet and natural and very romantic, he dropped to one knee. "Harry added," It was a really nice moment – we were just two I think I surprised her. "Meghan spoke up." Yes, in fact I could barely handle you! "I said," Can I say yes now! "

21. He had to be seen by his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth,

Yes! As sixth in the line of succession, the heir to the throne declares that he must receive a formal permission from the monarch to marry.

22. What did she say ?!

She published a royal Explanation … gave their approval and even used their real names!

23. Has Meghan met the royal family?

With only two weeks until the big day, she's almost a part of it! "It's unbelievable , I think you know, a) s To be able to meet [the Queen] through his lens, not only with his honor and respect for her as a monarch, but also with the love he has for her as his grandmother … She is an incredible woman, "Meghan said To meet Queen Elizabeth. In the months before the wedding, she joined the family for a few royal outings.

24th What is Meghan's background?

Markle's mother is Black and her father is Caucasian. She was open about her family's history of racism and the discrimination she experienced. In a moving essay in honor of Martin Luther King's Jr. Day for her former lifestyle side, The Tig, she wrote about an experience she had with her mother and the "countless black jokes" she was told by people who did not realize that she is "mixed" – those who do not know her status as an "ethnically ambiguous fly on the wall".

25th How are she and her future sister-in-law, Kate, getting along?

The two women, both 36, have joined forces quickly, supported by their proximity as neighbors at Kensington Palace. "She was wonderful," Meghan said during her engagement conversation with Kate.

26th What do Meghan's parents think about the end of their fairy tale?

"Well, I am sure the beginning, both my parents and my close friends were worried that we were getting into a media storm very quickly, was not part of my life before, but they had never seen me so happy So everyone was really happy. "Meghan talked about her family's reaction to her relationship.

27th Are your parents still together?

Although her parents divorced in 1988 after nine years of marriage, they issued a joint statement in which they shared their support and happiness after the announcement of the couple's engagement. "Our daughter has always been a friendly and loving person," they said. "Seeing your connection with Harry sharing the same qualities is a source of great joy for us as parents."

28th And how did Harry's family react to the news?

They were extremely helpful, according to the couple. Harry described them as "solid support and my grandparents were too – wonderful throughout the process and they've known it for some time."

29th How does Harry think Meghan would have understood with his mother, Princess Diana?

Absolutely! "Oh, they are as thick as thieves, without question," he said during their interview. "I think she was overjoyed, bouncing up and down, you know so excitedly for me, but then, as I said, would probably have been best friends – best friends with Meghan."

30th Did Harry meet her family?

He spent quite a bit of time with her mother Doria Ragland, whom he described as "amazing." While talking to her father, Thomas Markle, a few times on the phone, he won his future father-in-law's appointment a few days before the wedding.

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Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Raglan

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31. What about their family – are they planning to have children?

During her engagement interview, Harry said that they will "take it one step at a time and hopefully start a family in the near future." But Meghan could have royal babies in her head! While presenting innovative baby products at a tech event in March, Meghan said excitedly, "I'm sure we'll need it all of the time."

32nd What does Meghan's engagement ring look like?

The ring is not only breathtaking, it also has a sentimental history. Prince Harry designed the three-stone diamond ring himself and had it crafted by the British jewelers Cleave and Company, who are the jewelers of Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. It is made up of a large diamond flanked by two smaller ones and is difficult to assess as two of the stones come from his deceased mother, the personal collection of Princess Diana. The other stone comes from Botswana, where the couple met after some whirlwind dates in London.

  Meghan Markle's Engagement Ring (left) and Kate Middleton's

Meghan Markle's Engagement Ring (left) and Kate Middleton's

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33. What does it mean for the couple to include Princess Diana's diamond in Meghan's engagement ring?

Harry added, "To make sure she [Princess Diana] is with us – on this crazy journey together." Meghan repeated the feeling and said in her interview: "I think everything about Harry's thoughtfulness is – and the inclusion of that and obviously not able to meet his mother, it's so important to me – to know that she's a part it is with us. "

34. Did Kate's engagement ring also have a connection to Princess Diana?

Since Prince William is the eldest brother (and the second oldest heir to the throne), he received his mother's engagement ring, which he was to give to Kate. William described the amazing ring as "a sapphire with a few diamonds" and revealed that he asked the question while the two traveled with friends in Kenya.

35th Where will they live once they are married?

The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace, meaning they will be neighbors of Prince William and Princess Kate!

36th Will there be another iconic balcony kiss, as in William and Kate's royal wedding?

Unfortunately not this time – but there is still hope for a kiss on the steps of the chapel! As the ceremony will be held at Windsor Castle, the couple will not make the 45-minute trip back to Buckingham Palace for a photo-op.

37th Will the wedding day be declared a holiday?

British Prime Minister Teresa May announced on the day of her engagement that Harry and Meghan would not be declared a holiday unlike William and Kate's wedding day. While this means that citizens will not have a day off to see the ceremony or take a look at the Windsor parade, many people will still be able to get involved as the ceremony takes place on a Saturday. [196592002] 38. Will a title be awarded to Meghan after the wedding?

Inside sources believe that if the Queen Prince Harry received a royal duchy on his wedding day, such as Prince William, he will be made the Duke of Sussex, leaving Meghan the Duchess of Sussex

39. Will Meghan's parents attend the ceremony?

Kensington Palace announced that Meghan's mother, Doria, will drive her to Windsor Castle with her and that her father Thomas will walk her down the hall.

40th Does Harry want to honor his military service on his wedding day?

After serving in the British Army for ten years, Harry counts the soldiers with whom he served as a family. Two groups of 24 soldiers will be there for the occasion: one on the steps of St. George's Chapel, led by regimental adjutant Captain Thomas Mountain, who will honor the bride and groom with a "royal greeting" as they emerge as husband and wife and another troop of mounted Household Cavalry soldiers commanded by Lieutenant Colonel James Gaselee, who will accompany the newlyweds on their carriage ride through the streets of Windsor

41. What exactly is a "royal greeting?"

"A Household Cavalry version of the royal salute is when we somehow strike our sword to the right and bring it all the way over the front of our body until it is again forward of our face, and then lower the sword, "explained Captain Berg.

42nd With which horse-drawn carriage do Meghan and Harry drive after the ceremony?

The newlyweds are pulled through the streets of Windsor by a car of the Ascot Landau of the Royal Mews, drawn by Windsor Gray horses, including a father and son named Windstorm and Tyrone.

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43. Is this the same coach Will and Kate drove through London after their royal wedding?

No-Will and Kate used the Imperial Landau, which had been built 109 years earlier for Edward VII. But this carriage is more magnificent and is rarely used outside of London, so the Queen opted for the Ascot Landau for the parade through Windsor

44. Will Prince Philip recover from his surgery in time for the big day?

From now on the palace has to confirm its presence. A spokesman said that they "very much hope" that he will recover from last month's hip replacement surgery in good time, but she will not be able to confirm until closer to the wedding date.

45th Will the new little prince be present?

Sadly, Prince Louis, who will be nearly four weeks old at the time of the wedding, is sitting here. But his gorgeous older siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be there to speak up!

46th Will Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend the wedding?

Fingers crossed! The royal siblings have already proved that they are a flower girl and a page boy at their Aunt Pippa's wedding in May, and are expected to play their roles for Uncle Harry's again.

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47. Will Meghan throw her bouquet?

Any bridesmaids dreaming of getting the lucky bouquet could now give up hope – the royal tradition is to send the flowers to Westminster Abbey to rest on the grave of the Unknown Soldier for fallen soldiers since 1920. Both Kate and Princess Diana maintained this tradition, so it's probably Meghan as well.

48th Will they follow any non-royal wedding traditions?

Like many couples, the couple thought they would err on the side of caution and avoid the reckless superstition of the groom seeing the bride in her wedding dress before the ceremony. "This tradition is very important to them," confirmed a palace spokesman. Harry and Meghan will spend the night before their wedding and the night of their wedding at Windsor Castle

49. What is the dress code for guests?

Well, we all know that fancy hats are on the program, but what else? According to the invitations, men should wear "uniforms, dressing gowns or lounge suits" (business suits). Women are expected to wear "day dresses" (no dresses) and those ornate hats that have stressed Priyanka Chopra.

50th Will they have a prenup?

While they have considerable fortunes between them, it is very unlikely that Prenups are not very common in the UK "Historically, members of the royal family have not had them," royal author Ingrid Seward told PEOPLE. "They're more popular in the United States – it's just not a British thing."

51st Will Meghan celebrate a bachelorette party?

A source confirmed to PEOPLE that she escaped for a spa pampering weekend and girl time with some of her closest friends for Meghan's "Hen Do" (a British bachelorette party) at the Soho Farmhouse, a luxurious retreat outside London in the Cotswolds.

52nd Will Harry celebrate a bachelor party?

While rumors are circulating where and when Harry's "bachelorette party" will set, the lips of the former party boys are sealed. When a well-wishers asked Harry if he still had his bachelor party, "He said" no comment "and smiled," she said. [196592002] 53. Are any of Harry's ex-girlfriends invited?

While William invited five of his former girlfriends to attend his 2011 wedding, it's unclear whether Harry will follow suit. If he chooses to, he would probably invite his two most important ex-lovers, Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas.

54th Do you have a royal wedding planner?

While the couple does much of the planning themselves, logistical details such as security are managed by Lord Chamberlain's Office, which is responsible for all public events.

55th Will they write their own vows?

Probably not – this is a part that tends to stick to traditional Anglican wedding ceremonies.

56th What is Meghan's beauty treatment until the big day?

Meghan has set up a whole glam squad to make sure she looks as relaxed as possible for her wedding day. A loyal customer of Celebrity Facialist Nichola Joss for the past five years, Meghan will likely prepare her skin with Joss's "Inner Facial." "It helps to relieve stress and tensions that can build up due to stress in the wedding organization," Joss said. Meggran's eyebrow guru, Sherrille Riley, said she will probably go for her treatment Audrey Brow ($ 71), who includes tinting, threading, teeth grinding and a touch of eyebrow pencil at the end, also recommended weekly manicures for Meghan until the big day, for which she prefers neutral shades of light pink or cream gel polish. # 39; s celebrity hairdresser Nicky Clarke reveals that her shiny hair is already in excellent condition, but she'll get a cut and keep her color a few weeks before the wedding.

57. What style does Meghan choose for her make-up? on the wedding day?

Meghan's make-up artist Lydia Sellers believes she'll choose a classic, timeless look … similar to what we have been wearing lately. "The important thing is Meghan feels like themselves, said Sellers PEOPLE. "That was really important to Meghan – always authentic and natural to feel and feel." Sellers expects "natural, dewy skin with translucent freckles, a powdery red lip and a smoky day with a nice volume in her lashes."

58. Will Meghan rock her characteristic chaotic bun at the wedding?

"Much depends on her dress," says Nicky Clarke, former hairstylist of the late Princess Diana, to PEOPLE, adding, "I'm not sure if we're going to do the sophisticated Meghan or the slightly coarser Meghan, and that will probably dictate what she does with her hair. "It all depends on the tiara – in which case, she would probably pull her hair up, so the British celebrity hairdresser Daniel Galvin Junior's royal clients include Prince Harry Cousin's Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. "She could make for a very modern, modern look with wide-open hair, but I do not think she'll carry a messy bun in the hallway."

59th Will she wear a tiara?

Like Kate, she'll probably wear a tiara on loan from the Queen, though we'll have to wait until the big day to find out which!

60th What about her jewelry?

"I'm sure she'll choose something that fits her style, and I'm sure it will be refined and elegant," said Eva Hartling, vice president of Meghan's Toronto-based jewelry brand Maison Birks. "It's likely to include a simple pair of earrings that will bring out their natural beauty, they will not overdo it," Hartling told the people.

61st What memorabilia are there to commemorate this opportunity?

If you've ever thought about it, it's probably already adorned with the names or faces of the royal couple. From jam jars to teabags (and of course you can not have a royal wedding bag without a cup and a saucer) fly off the shelves in anticipation of the big day. For what is a royal wedding party without the monogrammed memorabilia?

62nd What kind of cake will they serve?

The pastry chef Claire Ptak will create a lemon elderflower cake for her big day, and we suspect the dessert will be modern, with a slight nod to tradition.

63rd What will it look like?

According to Kensington Palace, Harry and Meghan have asked Ptak to create a dessert "that will incorporate the bright flavors of spring, covered in butter cream and decorated with fresh flowers." If you can not catch a slice , you can try to recreate the recipe at home.

64th Who will be Prince Harry's best man?

As suspected, Harry asked his older brother William to serve as a best man at his wedding, just like Will and Kate did. "The Duke of Cambridge is honored to have been asked, and looks forward to assisting his brother at St. George's Chapel in Windsor on May 19," the palace announced.

65th Who will be Meghan's bridesmaid?

Meghan has decided against a maid of honor. "She has a very close circle of friends and she did not want to decide about another," announced a palace spokesman. "Everyone has been actively helping to prepare for the day and be present in the days ahead, and she is very happy to have her support."

66. What about her bridesmaids?

Traditionally, royal wedding parties are composed of younger family members, such as Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who serve as page boys and bridesmaids rather than friends closer to their age.

67th Okay, so will any of her friends be there?

Of course! Many of Meghan's closest buddies will be there to support her in an unofficial position. Actress Priyanka Chopra has previously confirmed that she will not be a bridesmaid, but that she will attend and argue over "those little hats"! How do these things stay [on]? "Granted them on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.

68. Anyone else?

Other buddies expected are Jessica Mulroney, Meghan's longtime friend and stylist, Lindsay Roth, a friend from Meghan's collegiate years at Northwestern University (Meghan served as Roth's lady of honor a few years ago); and fashion designer Misha Nonoo, who was initially rumored to be the mutual friend of the royal couple

69. Who has

Kleinfield bridal designer Pnina Tornai, who had correctly predicted that Kate would wear an Alexander McQueen gown for her royal wedding in 2011, told People Now that Meghan could follow up with another creation of iconic British fashion house, how Tornai thinks she will wear an "English dress."

  Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane on suits

Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane on Suits

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70. Which style will the dress be?

Vera Wang, the reigning American queen of bridal designers, confirmed Harper's Bazaar that she will not design Meghan's wedding dress (royal women are encouraged to wear) British designer or someone with links to Britain unless they are on a foreign tour), they have some predictions about what style it will be. She thinks Meghan will choose something a little less traditional than Princess Diana or Princess Kate. "No royal wedding like Diana or Kate, and not too thin, sensual and sexy – I think she'll get in the middle of something, that's a bit more modern," Wang said. "Something, maybe a little more subtle, not a mermaid, but not a full royal proportion or anything theatrical. Given that she will not marry the future king, she will still be a king, [but] there is a lot to do between these two worlds.

71. Concerning the music – who will perform at the ceremony?

The choir of St. George's Chapel, in which the wedding is to take place, will occur.The group has existed for centuries (she wurden erstmals 1348 gegründet!) Und besteht aus 23 Jungen und 12 erwachsenen Männern. Sheku Kanneh-Mason, ein preisgekrönter 19-jähriger Cellist wurde auch persönlich von Meghan eingeladen, bei ihrer Zeremonie zu spielen. Aber die Liste hört nicht auf – vergessen Sie nicht , das ist schließlich eine königliche Hochzeit! Ein größeres Orchester und eine christliche Gospelgruppe, Karen Gibson und The Kingdom Choir, werden ebenfalls auftreten

72. Wird Elton John auftreten?

Seit Ende März gibt er zu, dass er noch keine Einladung erhalten hat. Aber glücklicherweise lebt er nah genug an den Feierlichkeiten, die er von seinem eigenen Zuhause aus teilnehmen könnte. "Ich lebe auf einem Hügel, also könnte ich einfach dort runter rollen", sagte er über die Entfernung zwischen seinem Zuhause und der St. George's Chapel, wo die Hochzeit stattfinden wird. "Es ist Rolldistanz."

73. Was ist mit den Spice Girls?

Was wir wirklich, wirklich wollen wissen, ist, werden sie auf der After-Party auftreten? Melanie Brown, alias Mel B, ließ The Real darauf zukommen, dass sie und der Rest der Spice Girls an der Hochzeit teilnehmen werden. Und wenn sie gefragt wurden, ob sie auftreten würden, schaute sie nach unten, lachte und sagte: "Ich muss gehen, ich werde gefeuert."

74. Werden sie gleich nach der Hochzeit auf Hochzeitsreise gehen?

Das Paar wird sich auf einen romantischen Urlaub freuen, um zu feiern, aber sie verschieben es nur ein paar Tage – königliche Dienstanrufe! "Sie werden ihre erste Verlobung als Ehepaar in der Woche nach der Hochzeit haben", sagte Kensington Palace Sprecher Jason Knauf.

75. Wo werden sie Flitterwochen

Travel + Leisure haben zuvor bestätigt, dass das Paar plant, gemeinsam für ihre Flitterwochen nach Afrika zurückzukehren. Namibias Hoanib Valley Camp wurde als Destination angepriesen, ein luxuriöses $ 660 pro Person und Nacht Camp, eingebettet in eine romantische Landschaft mit Bergketten, Sanddünen und privaten Wüsten.

76. Wird Prinz Harrys Mutter, die verstorbene Prinzessin Diana, bei der Hochzeit geehrt?

Die Blumenarrangements des Paares in der St. George's Chapel, wo die Hochzeit stattfinden wird, werden weiße Gartenrosen, eine von Dianas Lieblingsblumen, einschließen ] Prinzessin Diana “/>

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77. Wer wird ihr Hochzeitsfotograf sein?

Da ihre Verlobungsfotos im Frogmore House in Windsor letztes Jahr so ​​überwältigend verliefen, beschloss das Paar, sich mit dem Modefotografen Alexi Lubomirski für ihre Hochzeitsfotografie zu verabreden. Und es stellt sich heraus, er ist auch ein polnischer Prinz!

78. What will Meghan’s citizenship status be once the royal pair is wed?

The palace announced that Meghan intends to become a citizen of the United Kingdom after marrying Harry. While it’s still unclear if she’ll retain her American citizenship, she recently traveled to Chicago to finalize her U.K. visa application for citizenship.

79. Who is designing the floral arrangements?

Popular floral designer Philippa Craddock is doing the floral arrangements for the church, and has confirmed that the wedding flowers will include peonies — the royal bride-to-be’s favorite flower — as well as white garden roses to honor Princess Diana and foxgloves. “The process has been highly collaborative, free-flowing, creative and fun. The final designs will represent them as a couple, which I always aim to achieve in my work, with local sourcing, seasonality and sustainability being at the forefront,” added Craddock.

80. What kind of wedding gifts are on their registry?

The selfless kind, of course! The couple have requested wedding gifts be made in the form of a donation to a selection of charities that support causes near to their hearts. “The couple have personally chosen 7 charities which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about, including sport for social change, women’s empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces,” the palace announced in a statement.

81. Does the couple already have any royal outings on the books for after the wedding?

Yes! Not only are they postponing their honeymoon for their first official appearance, but they’ve also already made plans to travel to Sydney, Australia together for the 2018 Invictus Games, which is Harry’s Paralympic-style competiton for wounded veterans.

82. What religion is Meghan? (Will she convert?)

Meghan grew up as an Episcopalian, which has some similarities to the church of England, but she was baptized and confirmed into the Church of England in March.

83. What sort of drinks will be served?

Following the ceremony, the couple will likely toast with a glass of English brand Chapel Down sparkling wine during their wedding reception at Frogmore House. The brand’s sparkling rosé was served at Kate and Will’s wedding.

84. How did their wedding invitations differ from Kate and Will’s?

As this will be a less grand (but still extravagant) wedding affair, Harry and Meghan’s invitations were more of, well, invites, while Will and Kate’s were effectively commands.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding invitations

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding invitations

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85. Who made the invitations?

Following years of royal tradition, the invitations were crafted by Barnard and Westwood. According to the palace, they feature the Three-Feathered Badge of the Prince of Wales printed in gold ink.

86. Did they misspell Prince Harry’s name on the invites?

No, but it may have caused temporary confusion for those who forgot that Harry’s given name is actually Henry!

87. Will Meghan continue acting?

In order to begin her new life as a royal, Meghan did have to make some sacrifices, including saying goodbye to Hollywood. But she doesn’t see it as giving up her career—she sees it as the start of a new chapter. After working on Suits for seven years, she said she feels ready for the change. “I’ve ticked this box, and I feel very proud of the work I’ve done there, and now it’s time to work with [Harry] as a team,” she said in her joint interview with Harry. “I think what’s been really exciting as we talk about the transition out of my career and into my role is…[the] causes that are really important to me that I can focus even more energy on.”

88. How expensive are royal weddings?

According to Bridebooktheirs is estimated to run $2,760,974.

89. Who pays for them?

The royal family will pay for the key parts of the wedding tab, including the church service, flowers, decorations and the reception. Meghan will pay for her dress and the British taxpayers will pay for security.

90. So how much will security cost?

This is the royal family we’re talking about, so no expense can be spared. Will and Kate’s wedding reportedly ran taxpayers $32 million (yep, you read that right) in security, and Harry and Meghan’s wedding is predicted to be on par with that.

91. Are there any mandatory traditions for royal weddings?

While many of the traditions aren’t technically mandatory, brides have followed them for generations. Since 1858 every royal bride wears a myrtle branch – the "herb of love" – ​​in her bridal bouquet. The royal family has also been using pure Welsh gold for their wedding rings ever since the Queen Mother’s wedding in 1923, which Meghan is expected to use as well.

92. Will Meghan give a speech?

In yet another unprecedented move, she’s supposedly set to give a toast during the wedding reception!

93. Are Barack and Michelle Obama invited?

No—the palace announced that since Harry is now sixth in line for the throne, an official list of dignitaries is not required for his wedding, unlike at William’s wedding. Their guest list will be reserved for people the couple has known for years. Still, “Both the couples look forward to seeing each other soon,” a royal source said of the soon-to-be newlyweds and the Obamas.

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94. What about President Trump?

Due to the rule above, Trump didn’t manage to score an invite either.

95. Where will the post-wedding reception be held?

200 of the couple’s closest friends and family will gather at the nearby Frogmore House in Windsor, where the couple’s gorgeous engagement photos were shot.

96. What will Harry wear?

He’ll most likely wear an official British Army uniform to honor the time he served, but otherwise he could potentially wear a morning suit.

97. How much money will the wedding bring into the U.K.?

On the up side of all of this lavishness, the wedding is estimated to bring in $680 million from the tourism opportunities associated with the royal wedding madness.

                

98. Will Meghan’s family receive any royal treatment?

Yes! As per tradition, her father is set to receive a special gift: a family coat of arms, customized with colors and symbols.

99. Okay, all this wedding talk has got me eager to celebrate the nuptials in style — where can I go?

Hotels around the world are offering some ridiculously luxe deals in honor of the royal occasion. From honeymoon packages to a €1 million proposal experience in Monte-Carlo, you’ve got your pick of options. 

100. And where can I buy souvenirs to throw my own fabulous royal wedding watch party?

Whether you’re looking for cups and saucers or clotted cream fudge, here’s everything you’ll need to throw a memorable watch party. And don’t forget the tiaras!


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