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Everything You Need to Know About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Royal Wedding

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The Date

In December, Kensington Palace announced the two are set to get married on May 19, 2018.

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The Place

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will get married at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, which is located within the royal residence.

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How People Can Watch

Back in November, a representative for the couple told Us Weekly that the wedding will be televised. The representative said, “The couple of course wants the day to be a special, celebratory moment for their friends and family. They also want the day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too and are currently working through ideas for how this might be achieved.”

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Who’s Paying

According to Town & Country, Kensington Palace released a statement which read, “As was the case with the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Royal Family will pay for the core aspects of the wedding, such as the church service, the associated music, flowers, decorations, and the reception afterwards.” British wedding planner Aimee Dunne told CNN that the wedding could cost upwards of £500,000 (or $697,575).

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Their New Titles

Once the two are married, it’s tradition for Queen Elizabeth II to give the pair new titles. It’s believed that Prince Harry and Markle will be known as Duke and Duchess of Sussex. (Similarly, Prince William and Kate Middleton were given the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.)

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Their Scottish Titles

It is also customary for the married couple to receive separate Scottish titles. People believe Harry and Markle will soon be the Earl and Countess of Ross.

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The Engagement Ring

Everyone got a first look at the beautiful ring when the engaged couple had their first photo call. Harry designed the ring, which has a center diamond from Botswana and two diamonds on each side. The diamonds on the side come from Princess Diana’s personal collection.

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The Wedding Dress

According to royals reporter Omid Scobie, Markle already had fittings for her wedding dress and met with her best friend and stylist Jessica Mulroney to discuss dress options. Scobie tweeted, “Right now only a small, select group of people know the designer’s name, so don’t expect to find out any time soon. Even Harry made himself scarce during the first fitting!”

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Her Dream Dress

Back in 2016, Markle did an interview with Glamour where she revealed her idea of a perfect wedding dress: “I have the luxury of wearing beautiful pieces of clothing every day for work, so my personal style—wedding or not—is very pared down and relaxed. Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist. I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic. Delphine Manivet and Christos Costarellos are faves of mine for their uniqueness and beauty. And I will always be a fan of Ellie Saab. J. Mendel is spectacular as well, especially for more structural designs.”

She also mentioned that her favorite celebrity wedding dress was Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s gown from 1996.

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Her First Wedding Dress

While Markle’s future wedding dress is still a mystery, a photo of her very first wedding dress was leaked, giving some clue as to what she might prefer when it comes to gowns. The photo shows Markle in a strapless white dress with a sparkly band around her waist.

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The Cake

The two could be having a banana wedding cake! According to The Telegraph, the royal wedding cake will be made with, yes, bananas. Apparently the prince is really into bananas, and Markle has Instagrammed them in the past, so maybe there’s some truth to this rumor. If so, sounds delicious.

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Even More Cake

During the couple’s first official visit to Cardiff, they were presented with a cheese(!) wedding cake made by the Snowdonia Cheese Company. While this isn’t their official wedding cake, Markle reportedly thought the cake was “sweet” and “really delicious.” So who knows? Maybe there will be a cheese cake after all.

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The Bridesmaids

While Markle boasts some high-profile friends, it’s probable that none of them will make it into the bridal party. Apparently, it’s unlikely for royal brides to have adult bridesmaids, British and European royalty expert Marlene Koenig told Town & Country. Priyanka Chopra (one of Markle’s close friends) told Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, “If you see me there, you’ll know,” in regards to whether she’ll be in the bridal party.

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The Maid of Honor

It seems Markle may break tradition as a source told Us Weekly that Markle has picked a maid of honor instead of the customary chief bridesmaid. The source said, “While it is very much a British wedding, expect a few American touches too. She’s not picked a chief bridesmaid, she’s chosen a maid of honor.”

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The Best Man

A source told Us Weekly that Prince Harry chose Prince William to serve as best man: “Harry has several close guy friends, but there’s no way he would ask anyone but William to take on the top job.”

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Markle’s Family

In early January, Us Weekly reported that a source close to the couple announced Markle wants her mother to walk with her during the ceremony. “I’ve heard that Meghan wants her mother to walk her down the aisle, which would be a sweet moment,” the source said.

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Markle’s Family

Though a few days after the Us Weekly report, People reported that Markle’s sister said Markle’s father will be walking her down the aisle. We will all just have to wait and see who the lucky family member turns out to be.

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The Entertainment

Great news, Markle and Harry! If you want, Ed Sheeran is all ready to play a tune at your upcoming ceremony. According to The Sun, the singer-songwriter recently received an award at Buckingham Palace and mentioned that he’d be happy to perform on the couple’s big day. TBD as to whether they even want him there, but it’s nice to know they have his support.

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The Economy

Reuters estimates that the royal wedding will bring in about 500 million pounds to Great Britain. Part of that is due to the amount of tourists expected to come for the wedding in May; tourists are expected to bring in over $270 million. David Haigh, the chief executive of the business valuation consultancy Brand Finance, expects that $202 million will be spent on parties and $68 million will come from merchandise. The ceremony will also bring in an estimated $135 million in free advertising worldwide.

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Markle’s Last Name

Once she marries Harry, Meghan Markle’s name could become Rachel Meghan Mountbatten-Windsor. Royal historian and author Carolyn Harris told Town & Country that junior members of the royal family can use the surname. However, royals rarely use a surname and Markle will just sign as “Meghan,” according to Harris.

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Markle’s Tiara

Royal expert Ingrid Seward told Us Weekly that Markle will have “access to jewels from the royal collection made available to her by the Queen.” She could end up choosing the Spencer tiara, which Diana wore for her wedding.

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The Gifts

Instead of receiving expensive gifts from guests, it’s believed that Markle and Harry will set up a wedding fund where guests can make a donation. William and Kate did something similar when they were married in 2011 and ended up raising over £1 million ($1,387,940) for 26 charities.

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The Bachelorette Party

A source told Us Weekly that the bride is planning a pre-wedding party, though nothing wild. A source said, “It’ll be unisex. Think low-key, think somewhere out of London, good food and drink, a little music.”

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The Bachelor Party

Us Weekly also reported that Prince William is throwing Harry’s “stag” party, which is similar to a bachelor party.

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Who’s Going

It’s unknown exactly who will be invited (though it’s said there will be about 800 guests at the ceremony), but the internet has speculated about who might get to go to the affair. Possible attendees include Serena Williams, Janina Gavankar, Misha Nonoo, Margot Robbie and Markle’s Suits co-stars Patrick J. Adams, Gina Torres, and Sarah Rafferty.

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Who’s Not Going

President Obama and Prince Harry do have an adorable bromance, but it’s likely he won’t be invited to the wedding. Royal biographer Duncan Larcombe told Town & Country, “It’s all very carefully orchestrated to make sure that there’s no political overtones.” Prince Harry has side-stepped the question on a BBC radio program, saying he doesn’t want to “ruin that surprise” as to whether the Obamas will be there.

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Who Else Isn’t Going

President Donald Trump told Piers Morgan he hasn’t received an invite to the royal wedding yet. He told Morgan, “I want them to be happy. I really want them to be happy. They look like a lovely couple.”

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The Speech

Markle is planning to give her own speech at the wedding, defying the tradition that only the groom, the father of the bride, and the best man give speeches at British weddings. An unnamed source told The Times, “She wants to have the chance to thank her husband and everyone who has supported them. Harry thinks it’s a great idea.” Her father has also reportedly declined to speak at the reception.

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Markle’s Citizenship

Kensington Palace announced that Markle will become a British citizen, though it is unclear whether she will also remain a U.S. citizen. In December, Jason Knauf, Prince Harry’s communication’s secretary, said Markle would be “compliant with immigration requirements at all times.”

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The Honeymoon

“At the moment nothing has been booked, but expect a decision to be made within a month,” a source told Us Weekly about the upcoming honeymoon. “Once the decision has been made, they will have a security team fly out to do reconnaissance and the info will be confidential. Should anything get out they would feel the trip’s compromised and pick a new destination.” Us did get a tip that the honeymoon will probably take place somewhere tropical: “Both [of them] want to be somewhere hot and sunny for two weeks.”

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