The forthcoming royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is much like a fairy tale wedding. Most girls have fantasized about being a Princess - even if it was just for one special day. For Meghan Markle, her dream will come true and she will get to marry her Prince.This will not be an intimate celebration. Across the world billions of people will be tuned in and glued to their seats, watching as the happy couple make their vows to each other. For those of you who are interested, but who are not up to date with the facts or the latest speculation, I shall share with you some of what I know. I shall also share what I don’t know and so whilst there will be facts there will also be some fantasy.
Are you sitting comfortably? Let’s begin.
The Royal Wedding of
His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales to Ms Meghan Markle
Will take place on
Saturday 19th May 2018
St George’s Chapel (Within the grounds of Windsor Castle)
No, I did not make a mistake, his real name is Henry and Harry is his nickname. Prince William will be Harry’s best man and there’s speculation that Prince George will be a page boy and Princess Charlotte will be a flower girl. Apparently there will be no maid of honour or adult bridesmaids since Meghan could not choose between her friends.
The romantic in me would like to imagine the bride arriving at the Chapel in true fairy tale style - transported by a horse and carriage. However, I have heard that she will arrive in a limousine. When she emerges from her transport everyone will be keen to find out that all-important question – what does the wedding dress look like? The latest news is that it will be a made by designers Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo. The dress will be hand stitched, heavily beaded and cost £100,000. This is not giving much away as to what the dress will actually look like and like most normal weddings we will just have to wait until the big day to see. However, that does not stop me from imaging what it will look like. I imagine that it will be white (off course), made from lace and decorated with appliquéd flowers and hand sewn beads that sparkle. I’m guessing it will have long lace sleeves and a bateau neckline, a snuggly fitting bodice that hugs the bride’s figure and then comes out into a full skirt or ball gown that will flow to the floor with a long train. I am also imagining that her hair will be worn in an updo style with soft curls. A dainty tiara will most likely be resting on the soft curl updo and also on a veil that is embellished with sparkling beads. The veil will be as equally as long as the train of the dress. It will be an elegantly stylish atire, fit to grace the occasion.
Shoes? mmmm that's a tricky one. We know that she likes stiletto heels. So I'm guessing that she will wear shoes made from satin and lace to compliment the dress, they will have a closed pointy toe front, stiletto heels and lace up or ankle straps.
It’s anticipated that the bouquet will include peonies and roses as these are two of Meghan’s favourite flowers.
A peony flower
As a tribute to Princess Diana, she may incorporate a flower that Diana liked. We can also expect the bouquet to include a sprig of myrtle. Including myrtle in the bouquet of royal brides is a tradition that dates back to 1840 when Queen Victoria had the flower included as part of her bridal bouquet when she married Albert. Myrtle is also the romantic symbol of love and marriage. Another tradition we can expect is for the bouquet to be predominately white with shades of green, the idea being that the white blends in with the wedding dress and does not detract from it.
Once married the couple will be taken to Windsor Castle. From there they will begin a carriage procession at 1pm which will take them through Windsor town centre where they will make their first public appearance as husband and wife. A statement released from Kensington Palace says that "They 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."
There will be a reception at St George’s Hall for the couple and for guests and later in the evening Prince Charles will hold a private reception for the couple, family and close friends. I imagine that there will be a champagne reception and scrumptious canapes followed by a feast of sumptuous mouthwatering food. The cake is going to be “a lemon elderflower cake that will incorporate the bright colours of spring. It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.”
It will be a decadent and lavish affair full of all the Pomp, ceremony and grandeur that is quintessentially British. It probably won’t be all serious pomp and ceremony though. With Prince Harry’s mischievously vibrant, amusing and witty character, there’s no doubt that behind the scenes - beyond the prying eye of the public - there will be plenty of vibrancy and fun - much to the amusement of his bride, family and guests.
For me, Saturday 19th May 2018 will be a double celebration because it also happens to be my birthday. Although my daughter is organising a barbeque for me, luckily, because the royal wedding is at 12 pm it gives us enough time to watch the wedding take place and then have the barbeque later. I for one will certainly be raising a glass (or two) to the happy couple. Untill then, as the preparations for the royal wedding continue, I wish them well.