The Royal Wedding: Everything You Need to Know

The Royal Wedding: Everything You Need to Know

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Captured by Alexi Lubomirski

There is less than a week left until Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle say I do to each other in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. All the festivities will unfold this Saturday and the excitement surrounding the event has reached a fever pitch – royal fans are impatient to see the happy couple make their procession as Mr and Mrs. The wedding, which takes place on the 19th of May, is already breaking traditions by being on a Saturday – and we can expect it to be very different and more, dare I say, ‘normal’ than traditional royal weddings. Keep reading to find out everything we know about the big day so far, and what we can expect to see.

Meghan Markle has predominantly planned the wedding with her Canadian best friend, but will now also receive the support and comfort of her parents as they travelled to the U.K over the weekend. It is rumoured that the Queen has allocated Meghan’s family to stay at Frogmore House for the duration of their stay in Windsor. However, Thomas Markle and Doria Radlan will mingle with Meghan Markle’s new family and friends at several small scale events, as Meghan has opted against a rehearsal dinner. Before you gasp in shock, there will be an all-important dress rehearsal before the real thing but, we think we’d also prefer our first mingle with royals to be in a more intimate setting too.

Miss to Her Royal Highness

The biggest focus of the day will, of course, be Meghan Markle and the bridal look that she chooses to style herself in. HUBBEE can share with you all the exclusive details that have been circulating around the internet and the things we know for sure. While her wedding dress and its elusive designer was the biggest question mark surrounding the royal wedding – with many people placing bets on who they think the designer will be – we think the case is as good as solved as images emerged of Prince Harry leaving the offices of Ralph & Russo last month. Meghan has been to her final dress fitting and is said to be overjoyed with the handstitched beaded dress. We previously stated that it was rumoured to cost £40,000 however, that figure has now increased to a whopping £100,000 which will be paid for privately by Prince Harry and the royal family – as well as the wedding itself.

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Prince Harry leaving Ralph & Russo offices – via Daily Mail

The HUBBEE team can envision Meghan Markle in her heavily beaded ethereal gown with a long, dainty veil, diamond drop earrings to compliment her beautiful ring, and a soft, loose curl up-do. It is probable that this is, in-fact, the look Meghan will end up showcasing, as it has been rumoured that Miguel Perez, famous for ‘bouncy curls’, has been booked to do the future royal’s hair – a fact that Perez has since denied. One thing is for sure, Meghan’s bridal look will change wedding fashion trends for years to come and, while it is a hefty responsibility, we have no doubt it will be magnificent.

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Ralph & Russo Wedding Gown

Outside of a hectic wedding planning schedule, Meghan has also been preparing herself for the big day. A facial, a must for all brides, has been booked with Nichola Joss, while Meghan’s manicurist will visit Kensington Palace next week to get the bride’s hands ready for the famous exchanging of the rings. Planning a wedding can take it out of the most normal of brides, and the future Duchess has been combating the stress with plenty of exercise. A royal source stated that she begins everyday with yoga and meditation. Not one to miss out, Harry has also been preparing himself by joining his bride in an alcohol ban, and has even quit smoking for her. Royal fans are eager to see if the Prince’s famous beard will stay or go come May 19th, and it seems that it all depends on his outfit choice. If Harry chooses to wear his army uniform then the beard must go, according to customs and tradition. Although royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams believes the beard is here to stay.

A Royal Affair

The happy couple will have a rather small wedding by royal standards, having invited 600 guests to watch them wed, as well as 200 close family and friends to the evening reception at Frogmore House. 2,640 members of the public have been invited to watch them arrive at the chapel – of which 1,200 are young people who have contributed to their communities. They have opted against inviting high-ranking politicians such as, President Trump or PM Theresa May but those who are on the guest list include the Beckhams, the rest of the Spice Girls, and, allegedly, Elton John, and George and Amal Clooney also received invites. It is possible that Meghan is using her wedding to give us the Spice Girls reunion we have all prayed for – they are rumoured to be performing at the reception.

The all-important wedding service will begin at 12pm and will be streamed live on BBC, SkyNews, and ITV in the U.K. Although you can expect to see hours of live streaming before the wedding begins, the service itself will take one hour. Guests will be arriving up to an hour before, including the royal groom and his best man, Prince William. Although Meghan will not have a maid of honour, she will be walked down the aisle by her father after travelling to the chapel with her mother.  This much-awaited service will be followed by the newlywed Duke and Duchess embarking on a twenty minute procession through Windsor in their one-horse drawn Ascot Landau Carriage. This will be the most exciting part of the day for public viewers who can share in the happiness of the royal couple in person, as they will be mere meters away from them.

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Prince Harry in the Ascot Landau Carriage

There will be an afternoon and an evening reception, hosted by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles respectively. However, the procession is the last thing we can expect to see live-streamed. Meghan Markle is rumoured to be making a speech at one of the reception parties, but the most the public will be able to see is her second dress change as she and Harry leave for the evening reception at Frogmore House. According to royal wedding etiquette, there will be no photography allowed, not including the official photographer, so we will never know what happens inside. It has been 7 years since the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and not one photo has ever surfaced from inside their reception party.

The Royal Details

The cake has been assigned to London baker Clair Ptak of Violet Bakery who is making a lemon and elderflower cake that will be garnished with fresh flowers. Philippa Graddock will be the florist for the grand affair and

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A Natural Wildflower Bouquet

is said to be sourcing local white garden roses, foxgloves, and branches of beech, as well as peonies – Meghan’s favourite flower, to create a natural wildflower atmosphere. This will all be captured through the lens of Alexi Lubomirski, the photographer who took their engagement photos, so there is no doubt the wedding photos will be immaculate.

 

It appears that Meghan Markle has opted for a natural, boho-chic theme to, perhaps, ease the pressure that comes with hosting a grand event such as a royal wedding. Prince Harry has always been the people’s prince and as such, his wedding to Meghan will be expected to be rather different than that of Kate and William’s. All that is left is for us to sit back, get a cup of tea, and watch all the festivities unfold on Saturday.

 

 

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