Break out those fascinators!
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are inviting the public to their wedding!
Kensington Palace just announced 2,640 members of the public will be invited onto the grounds of Windsor Castle to share in the royal lovebirds’ wedding day.
Citizens from across the United Kingdom will make up 1,200 of those invited, the palace said. “The couple has asked that the people chosen are from a broad range of backgrounds and ages, including young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities,” it said. From local schools, 100 pupils will be among the invitees. From a range of charities and organizations where Harry and Meghan have a close connection, 200 people will be selected
The couple is also inviting 610 Windsor Castle community members, including residents of Windsor Castle and members of the St. George’s Chapel community, and 530 members of the royal households and Crown Estate.
All of the tickets will personalized to prevent anyone from trying to make money by selling them.
The lucky invitees will be able to watch the arrivals of the bride and groom and their guests at St. George’s Chapel, where the ceremony takes place on May 19, and get to watch the newlyweds depart the castle on a carriage procession through the town of Windsor.
A press release from Kensington Palace said, “Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have said they want their wedding day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too. This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters and values of the bride and groom.”
Thousand of people are also expected to line the procession route through Windsor, about 25 miles from Central London.
This latest news is just another indication that Harry and Meghan, while respectful of royal traditions and protocol, are intent on finding ways to do things differently and make themselves more accessible—hence relatable—to the public.
When Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011, he did not invite members of the public except for those guests with a connection to the Palace who were invited to the ceremony and following reception. The 1,900 guests at Westminster Abbey included around 1,000 friends and family members along with foreign diplomats and leaders, religious leaders, and 80 people who worked for charities supported by the Prince.
St George’s Chapel is a more intimate venue and can hold 800 people. Aside from the few celebrities like Sir Elton John and Mel B—both rumored to be playing the wedding—who have indicated they’ve received an invitation, the official guest list for the wedding of the year has not been announced.
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