The British Royal Wedding is just hours away. Prince Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth of the Commonwealths, will receive Meghan Markle as she walks down the aisle on Saturday, May 19. The ceremony is expected to be watched closely by millions across the globe on television sets and the web as it is telecast live from Windsor. The last time a British Royal Family social event generated this kind of buzz was in 2011 when Harry’s elder brother Prince William married Kate Middleton, who now have three children together.
Blogosphere is rife with speculation and rumours about the wedding menu, guest list, traditional versus contemporary setting, and, most importantly, what Markle will wear. While we already know that the royal couple has opted for a lemon and elderflower cake with buttercream icing, instead of the traditional fruitcake, we have no details as of now what the bridal gown will look like. Markle’s father not attending the wedding has also been a hot topic of discussion, which finally ended when she released a statement saying he will not walk her down the aisle due to health reasons.
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Prince Charles to walk Meghan down the aisle?
According to the Kensington Palace, the bride has asked Prince Charles, father of the groom, to walk her down the aisle. The statement reads that the Prince of Wales has accepted.(Source: @KensingtonRoyal/Twitter)Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker Bowles (AP Photo/Files)
Bride's father not to attend the ceremony
Markle's father Thomas, a Hollywood cinematographer, will not be attending the ceremony reportedly due to health reasons. The Kensington Palace released a statement from Meghan Markle confirming the same:
A statement from Ms. Meghan Markle: pic.twitter.com/TjBNarmuBU
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 17, 2018
British Armed Forces rehearse for the big day
More than 250 members of the British Armed Forces will be part of the wedding ceremony.
Dabbawalas of Mumbai to send gifts
The famous Dabbawalas of Mumbai are going to send the royal couple traditional Maharashtrian outfits as gifts for their wedding through the British Consulate there. They have also planned to distribute sweets to relatives of patients at the government-run Tata Memorial Hospital, KEM Hospital and Wadia Hospital in Mumbai on the day of the wedding. The Dabbawalas had been guests at the wedding of Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton in 2011. “We have an emotional connect with the British royal family. Prince Charles had invited us to his wedding some years ago. The royal family treated us with a lot of respect when we attended the wedding,” said Subhash Talekar, spokesperson of the Mumbai Dabbawala Association had told PTI last week. (Photos: AP)
Royal carriage ride
After the hour-long wedding ceremony is over, the royal couple will take a ride in a 19th-century horse-drawn Ascot Landau carriage through the ancient streets of the city. The carriage will be pulled by four Windsor Grey horses, with members of the British royal forces accompanying it. Seen here is a woman camping outside the Windsor Castle ahead of the wedding day, seen through a toy carriage on display in a shop in the city. (AP Photo)
Meghan's mother to have tea with the Queen
Meghan Markle's mother Doria Ragland is scheduled to meet Prince Harry's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II for tea Friday evening, ahead of the royal wedding. Ragland, a yoga instructor, is in Windsor along with the British royal family for the wedding. Markle's father Thomas, a Hollywood cinematographer, will not be attending the ceremony reportedly due to health reasons.
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The Queen approves
The Buckingham Palace on Saturday released a photo of the handwritten document in which Queen Elizabeth gives her consent for Prince Harry to marry Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel in Windsor. The document, illuminated on vellum, features a design to the left of the text that incorporates a red dragon, the symbol of Wales. The design to the right features a rose, the national flower of the United States. Under British law, the first six people in the line of succession to the throne must obtain the queen's permission to wed. Harry was fifth in line when he and Markle got engaged. He was bumped to sixth with the birth of his brother's son Prince Louis last month. (Photo: Victoria Jones/Pool via AP)
The wedding cake
In a break from tradition, the royal couple has decided to have a lemon and elderflower cake at their wedding. The cake will be coated with buttercream icing and topped with fresh flowers. This is a break from tradition as royal weddings usually have fruitcake on the menu. Cake designer Claire Ptak, who has been chosen to present the cake, told the BBC in an interview that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wanted to enjoy the flavours of the season, which is why they went for the non-traditional flavour.
Claire Ptak adds the finishing touches to one tier of the cake for the royal in the kitchens at Buckingham Palace. (Hannah McKay/Pool Photo via AP)
Claire Ptak, owner of Violet Bakery poses for a photograph with a tier of the cake for the wedding of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the kitchens at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday. (Hannah McKay/Pool Photo via AP)
Windsor city in the mood to celebrate
Union Jack flags fly across the main shopping street in Windsor as preparations are in full swing ahead of the wedding of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (AP Photo)
Bridesmaids and pageboys
The royal palace had revealed in a statement this week that Princess Charlotte, the three-year-old niece of Prince Harry, will be one of the six bridesmaids at the wedding. Her elder brother, four-year-old Prince George, will be a pageboy among the ten children chosen for the roles. (AP Photo/Files)
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