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If there’s one wedding to end all weddings in 2018, it has to be the marriage of Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle. Royal watchers, celebrity gossip fans, and lovers of elegant weddings are counting down the days until this couple says “I do.” And while key details like Meghan’s wedding dress are kept top secret until May 19, there is one thing we know for sure about this wedding: It will look nothing like the average person’s big day...
Though Meghan Markle has her fair share of famous friends, don’t expect to see them standing by her side in matching dresses on her wedding day. Royal weddings typically have children and young teens in their wedding party instead of adult friends and family. So don’t expect to see Serena Williams or Janina Gavankar at the altar. You’re far more likely to see Princess Charlotte.
Though Americans and the average Brit have best men and groomsmen at the wedding, royals typically do not. Prince William broke this tradition when he asked his brother Prince Harry to be his best man at his wedding to Duchess Catherine, but Prince Harry is unlikely to return the favor. He’s more apt to have William by his side as a supporter.
Everyone knows the best part of a royal wedding is the fashion. And we’re not just talking about Meghan’s wedding dress. We’re talking about the hats, of course. British women wear hats to weddings out of traditional etiquette (and for a bit of fun). So don’t expect to see bare coifs; instead, you’ll see some truly outrageous chapeaux.
Of course, there will be plenty of global dignitaries and other royal families at the weddings, but because Prince Harry is fifth in line to the throne (and soon to be sixth), he is unlikely to ever become monarch of the United Kingdom. Thus, there’s less necessity to have as many dignitaries at the wedding as Prince William and Duchess Catherine had. Instead, you’re more likely to see other famous faces. Prince Harry and Meghan have no shortage of celebrity friends, after all.
While American couples love to write their own, personalized marriage vows, the Church of England (of which the royal family are members) has the same script for every wedding. Count on Prince Harry and Meghan to follow that.
Prince William and Duchess Catherine got married at this historic London church, but Prince Harry and Meghan will be having a smaller, more intimate ceremony at the St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Royal watchers and the people of London got to get a peek at Prince William and Duchess Catherine on their wedding day as they took a romantic carriage ride through London to greet their subjects. However, Windsor Castle is 45 minutes outside of downtown London, so don’t expect to see Prince Harry and Meghan do this on their wedding day.
Royal couples typically don’t have their first kiss during the marriage ceremony. Instead, they head to the balcony of Buckingham Palace to share that special moment. But once again, because of the distance of Windsor Castle, this is unlikely to take place.
Sorry, Brits! You’re still going to have to go to work on May 19. While Prince William’s wedding day on April 29, 2011, was a bank holiday, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May stated that British citizens will not have Prince Williams day off. But hopefully you can still wish them well with one of the royal family’s favorite beverages.
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