It’s been a long time coming, but the big day is finally here. Tomorrow (Saturday) we get to see Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. Everything the couple has planned for the last six month will be on display for the world to see. From the flowers, to the cake, to what the royals will be wearing, here’s everything you can expect to see tomorrow.
Everyone’s going to be talking about Meghan’s dress, but what about what Harry’s wearing? Word on the street is Harry will opt for a “low-key” morning suit, instead of the traditional military uniform.
The tots of the royal family will be making a special appearance at the wedding as Meghan and Harry’s bridesmaids and page boys. Prince William and Kate’s little ones-Prince George and Princess Charlotte- will attend to the bride and groom along with Harry and Meghan’s godchildren.
Speaking of bridesmaids, we’re used to seeing them enter first through the chapel. However tomorrow we’ll see the main attraction, Meghan, go down the aisle first with the bridesmaids and page boys trailing behind.
In case you were wondering what the guests will be wearing, you can expect a lot of big hats from the ladies. They’ll be sporting their finest headwear with feathers and butterflies and large bows.
Ever since the Queen Victoria days, the bride has always carried a bouquet with a sprig of myrtle. So you bet Meghan will be too, but don’t expect a bouquet toss. Tradition goes that the bride must throw her bouquet on the grave of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey.
The soundtrack to the wedding will be provided by none other than the St. George’s Chapel choir.
The couple will look like a fairytale when they take a traditional horse drawn carriage ride through Windsor following the ceremony.
As far as food goes, don’t expect any shellfish or raw meat. The royals avoid it to prevent getting food poisoning on their wedding day. Better safe than sorry.
The couple is finally axing the traditional fruit cake for their wedding cake and opting for a lemon elderflower flavor instead.
Since day one, Meghan has been breaking tradition- in a good way- and she will do so once more when she gives a speech at her wedding. Unfortunately it won’t be televised.
Kensington Palace announced today that Meghan Markle asked her future father-in-law to walk her down the aisle at St. George's Chapel and he accepted (please see below). The announcement of Prince Charles walking Markle down the aisle comes a day after the American actress said her father would not be able to attend her wedding and perform the traditional honor because he's recovering from a heart attack.
The Prince of Wales was "pleased to be able to welcome Ms Markle to the Royal Family in this way", the palace added.
You can get your royal wedding swag at various locations:
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say “I do” this weekend, more than 50-million people are expected to tune in to the wedding. So it’s not surprising that many companies and brands are taking advantage of the royal marketing opportunity with souvenirs to celebrate the nuptials, like these.
BaubleBar - Back before Meghan deleted her social media accounts, she hashtagged her BaubleBar Peacemaker ring as her favorite piece, so they’re releasing a 14k gold-plated brass version of the crystal-encrusted vines wrap around ring for a limited time for jut $42.
Comic Book - This special edition graphic novel called “The Royals: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle” is available in a traditional comic book format, a hardback version, and a wedding edition with a special cover by artist Joey Mason.
Crown Jewels Condoms - These limited-edition boxes of condoms come in a souvenir case with a photo of the couple that also plays “God Save the Queen” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” when opened. And $14 may seem like a lot for condoms, but the company’s product from William and Kate’s 2011 wedding are now worth around $140 at auction.
Dunkin Donuts - Now through May 20, you can enjoy the heart-shaped Royal Love Donut at Dunkin. The sweet treat is jelly-filled and topped with chocolate icing and a strawberry drizzle.
Harney & Sons - Nothing’s more British than this Royal Wedding tea, which is a blend of Chinese Mutan White tea buds with almond, coconut, vanilla, and pink rosebuds and petals.
Mini Cooper - Looking for a more permanent way to honor the newlyweds? How about a car? The Mini team has created a one-of-a-kind two-door car to celebrate the royal wedding. The roof graphic combines the Union Jack from the British flag with the stars and stripes from the U.S. flag and the doors shine a “Just Married” sign on the ground when opened. The Mini will be available at auction on May 19, with proceeds benefiting The Children’s HIV Association, so it’s for a good cause.
SodaStream - They’re auctioning off a set of limited edition bottles topped with “bottle hats” or fascinators inspired by the royal family, with proceeds benefiting Surfers Against Sewage, a group that fights against plastic pollution. Check out the auction at RoyalSodaStream.com.
Velveeta Crowns & Cheese - Mac and cheese is getting a royal makeover for the wedding with this special edition Crowns and Cheese, which has crown-shaped pasta and comes in a gold foil box with a gold-plated spoon. Boxes are available to those who enter first at RoyallyTreatYourself.com while supplies last.
Viceroy Central Park - Big spenders can pretend to be a royal for the weekend at the hotel’s Penthouse Suite 57. The package includes weekend accommodations for four, a Rolls Royce Phantom hotel airport transfer; full English breakfast room service; classic English afternoon tea; a private viewing of the Royal Wedding with English-themed cocktails like Pimm’s Cups and gin-and-tonics; in-room beauty treatments and hair styling; and a private chauffeur to take your party sightseeing all for just $7,000.
There's many locations for celebrating the royal nuptials:
If your invitation to the royal wedding was lost in the mail, no worries. You can still celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan’s union right here in the U.S. at these bars and restaurants this weekend.
For the fancy folks:
Fairmont Copley Plaza - This lavish Boston hotel is starting the morning with a live screening of the wedding over tea, scones and wedding cake, followed by a champagne toast at 8 a.m. They’ll also have highly Instagrammable life-size cutouts of the couple, as well as Harry and Meghan’s Windsor knot beer.
Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel - Meghan’s character Rachel on “Suits” always wanted to get married at The Plaza, so come celebrate here Saturday with a lavish breakfast featuring mimosas and a Bellini bar and be sure to wear your fascinator.
Royal Wedding Pub - At this D.C. pop-up guests can drink cocktails names for the happy couple, like a ginger drink called “When Harry Met Meghan” and a martini called “God Save the Queen.” Their party is happening in a recreation of St. George’s Chapel, where the wedding is taking place and attendees can enter to win a replica of the couple’s wedding cake, baked by the official chef of The British Embassy.
The Shakespeare and Jones Wood Foundry - These sister restaurants in New York City are having breakfasts starting at 6 a.m. on Saturday, where guests will be greeted with a mimosa and a sausage roll and they’ll serve a mix of American and English breakfast traditions.
Regular people like us can still celebrate the royal wedding at these spots around the country:
Ample Hills Creamery - Come to one of their scoop shops in NYC or Jersey City to try their “God Save the Cream” ice cream, it’s a lemon ginger ice cream with pieces of elderflower butter cake and buttercream frosting mixed in.
Black Tap -The burger and shake spot with locations in New York City and Las Vegas has teamed up with Magnolia Bakery to make the ultimate “crazy shake” for the royal wedding. It’s a vanilla shake served in glass with a vanilla-frosted rim, topped with a two-tiered, lemon elderflower wedding cake, but only on Saturday, May 19th.
Dairy Queen - Head down to DQ for their two new Royal Blizzards, the Royal Oreo and the Royal New York Cheesecake Blizzard.
Magnolia Bakery - In addition to their Black Tap collaboration, the cupcake eatery is also going to be serving an elderflower cake with lemon curd and topped with elderflower meringue buttercream now through Saturday. You can even get the cupcakes inside a lace wrapper, topped with a sparkly crown, or as a whole cake with pearl borders.
Sprinkles - This nationwide cupcake eatery has their own take on Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake and Friday through Sunday, customers can buy the lemon blueberry cupcakes frosted with St. Germain Elderflower vanilla buttercream frosting, topped with mini edible flower bouquets.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf - All day Saturday, a regular-sized hot or cold tea is only $1.
What’s On The Royal Wedding Menu for Harry, Meghan and guests:
Everyone’s waiting to see what Meghan Markle wears to walk down the aisle at St. George’s Cathedral at Windsor Castle on Saturday to marry Prince Harry, but some royal wedding obsessed fans are also speculating what’s going to be served at the receptions. We already know the couple has chosen Table Talk to cater, which is the same company Will and Kate used for their 2011 reception – they catered the wedding for Kate’s sister Pippa as well. But it’s the culinary details people really want to know about.
The wedding is happening at noon and will be followed by a daytime reception hosted by the Royal Family at Windsor Castle, and a lighter menu is expected to be served to go with the warm weather afternoon. “People” magazine reports Royal chef Mark Flanagan will be in charge of the kitchen as they prepare for 600 guests. The menu for the lunch will feature seasonal ingredients from the Queen’s estates and include passed canapés and more hearty bowls of food guests can enjoy while standing.
Flanagan says there won’t be any experimentation with the menu that day, it’ll include “tried and tested” items and “predominantly classics.” The wedding dinner for 200 guests will be a sit-down meal and cuisine is expected to be in a similar style. Meghan is known to love bold, red wines, so those are expected to be on the menu as well.
We do know that the wedding cake is being prepared by Violet Cakes and will break the royal tradition of serving a tiered fruit cake. Harry and Meghan have chosen a lemon and elderflower cake with buttercream icing that will be decorated with fresh spring flowers.
So just who is footing the bill for this extravagant culinary experience? A statement from Kensington Palace confirms that the Royal Family is taking care of core wedding expenses, including the food and beverage bill.
Royal Wedding Party Has Been Revealed:
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced their bridesmaids and page boys.
Members of their wedding party will consist of the couple’s godchildren.
And by the way? Meghan will not be known as a princess once she’s married to Harry.
It’s official - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have revealed their 10 bridesmaids and page boys in their wedding party. In case you didn’t know, the British royals do things a bit different. Bridesmaids and page boys are usually the youngest in the family who serve as wedding attendants. Top of the list are two royals you’ll be very familiar with - Prince William and Kate Middleton’s tots, Prince Georgeand Princess Charlotte. They’ll head down the aisle right before Meghan.
Both Prince Harry and Meghan’s godchildren will be also be in the parties.
Harry’s goddaughters Florence van Cutsem and Zalie Warren will be there as well as Meghan’s goddaughters and sisters Remi and Rylan Litt.
Of course, Meghan has to include her bestie and stylist Jessica Mulroney’s kids.
Ivy Mulroney will be one of Meghan’s bridesmaids while twins Brian and John Mulroney will be page boys to Harry.
The prince’s godson Jasper Dyer rounds out the pint sized pack.
And by the way...in case you're wondering about the "after the marriage" part - as in, what will people be calling Meghan...we'll tell you now that she won't become a princess. Why? Titles like 'Prince' and 'Princess' are saved for those born into the royal family. Diana was only given the title out of courtesy for marrying the Prince of Wales, but was never formally addressed as Princess Diana. Word on the street is that Queen Elizabeth II will grant the couple dukedom before they get married, which would make Harry and Meghan the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Similarly, Wills and Kate are known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge).
NOW. If you didn't catch it, Harry and Meghan’s children may be called prince and princess. Back when Kate and Will were having Charlotte, royal rule said only Prince George could have the title prince and Charlotte would’ve been referred to as Lady Charlotte Mountbatten-Windsor. However, the Queen stepped in and granted that all of Will’s kids get to have Prince or Princess prefixes. She may do the same for Harry and Meghan should they procreate.
As mentioned above, Meghan Markle’s father will not be at the wedding. He just underwent heart surgery following a recent heart attack.
He is doing okay for now and Meghan is remaining focused on the wedding.
Thomas suffered a heart attack last week and was back in the hospital for chest pain following the recent photo scandal. “TMZ” reports that Thomas had a successful stent procedure performed yesterday, and as a result, he's down for the count and will be cooling his jets in a Mexican hospital. He'll reportedly be there for a few more days, but is described as alert and doing fine.
Here's the thing, in spite of all the fracas, Meghan still wanted her dad included in her big day. Sources say that she was "very emotional" when she learned about the staged paparazzi photos, but that she's doing her best to move past it. “Meghan is upset and disturbed by the entire ordeal and just wants to move past it,” an insider tells “Us Weekly.” “Her relationship with her father has always been strained, mostly because of his ill-thought-out decisions and lack of responsibility. This goes to prove that.”
By the by...if you needed any proof as to why Meghan reportedly ditched her family in recent years, we appear to be getting all the proof we need that it wasn't the worst decision she could make.
As you'll recall, half-brother Thomas Markle Jr. posted a snarky "open letter" to Harry - something dad Thomas has credited as at least being part of the reason he had a heart attack. He wrote another one - to Meghan, this time - trying to finagle an invite to the wedding after all (as if).
And then there's Meghan's not-so-delightful half-sister Samantha Markle, who seems to be having a field day bashing Meghan every chance she gets. Her latest upset? As of yesterday, Samantha is claiming the bride-to-be told her not to speak out about her or their father. “She’s way out of her league to tell me that I can’t speak,” Samantha tells “TMZ.” However, she was thoughtful enough to get Prince Harry and her sister a wedding gift and says she’d like to deliver it to her in person.
BUT WAIT - THERE'S MORE! Of course, there’s more drama with Samantha because she’s now in the hospital, too. She’s reportedly suffering from a broken ankle and fractured knee after a car accident that she says was caused by paparazzi. The couple says they were driving in Florida near a tollbooth when the alleged paparazzi car swerved in front of them. This made Mark veer their vehicle into a concrete barrier to avoid hitting the other car. Samantha, who suffers from MS, hit the windshield and couldn’t get herself up. Mark says her foot was twisted backwards. After that he notes the paps fled and they headed to the hospital.
ONE MORE THING! Back on a happier note, British Airways is looking to help its customers celebrate the royal wedding on Saturday and they have a lot of tricks up their sleeves. As we previously told you, a British Airways flight from London to Canada will feature an in flight crew made up of only Harrys and Meghans. But now, passengers arriving into Heathrow Airport will also get some royal wedding treatment. A Queen’s guard and a Beefeater (guard at London Tower) will be greeting arrivals at Terminal 2 and Terminal 5 this Saturday. They’ll also hear patriotic tunes along with the music of a royal trumpeter. Inbound passengers at Terminal 3 and Terminal 4 will get a taste of the royal wedding when they hand out 1-thousand hand made lemon and elder flower cupcakes. The same flavor as Harry and Meghan’s cake. Travelers don’t need to worry about missing the event since the royal wedding will be broadcast throughout all Heathrow terminals.
Source: Dr Dave's Prep