When we think of the modern day wedding, we think rustic chic, photobooths, and punny hashtags. Meghan Markle’s 2018 royal wedding to Prince Harry isn’t exactly going to be the #HarryGotHitched rager a non-royal might throw. Kensington Palace released the official itinerary for the May 19th, 2018 wedding, and while we’ve heard how Markle is breaking tons of royal protocol on her big day, the wedding lineup is still quite formal.
“Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle are hugely grateful for the many good wishes they have received since announcing their engagement. They are looking forward to the day and to being able to share their celebrations with the public and wanted to share the following details about their wedding on May 19th with you,” reads the official statement from Kensington Palace.
The wedding itinerary is as follows:
12 p.m.: Wedding service at St. George’s Chapel. The Dean of Windsor will lead the church service and The Archbishop of Canterbury will officiate.
1 p.m.: Carriage procession through Windsor Town.
Following the service: Reception at St. George’s Hall.
Evening: Private reception hosted by Charles, Prince of Wales.
Here’s a glimpse inside the venues:
The carriage procession is the only portion of the day where the public can glimpse the newly married couple. Kensington Palace says that Harry and Markle “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.” We still have no idea who will attend the wedding, besides the usual royal suspects, though word on the street says that Ed Sheeran and the Obamas could snag an invite.
The question on everyone’s mind: Will the wedding be televised? Kate Middleton and Prince Williams’s 2011 wedding was televised, so it’s likely that Markle and Harry will do the same. About 23 million Americans watched the 2012 royal wedding, and that one didn’t even involve an American actress! Granted, that was the pre-streaming world in which everyone had cable subscriptions, but we can certainly imagine the stateside viewership for the 2018 royal wedding will break records. All the congrats to Meghan and Harry.