• Allison McMIllian

Everything about the upcoming royal wedding

The wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry has been set for May 19, 2018. The couple got engaged in November 2017. Since their engagement, they have been planning their wedding thoroughly.

The ceremony is planned to start at 7 a.m. EST, or noon local time. The special occasion is to take place at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. The Kensington Palace announced on February 12, 2018, that "The Dean of Windsor will conduct the service and The Archibishop of Canterbury will officiate as the couple make their vows." Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, will be giving the address.

Windsor Castle is a special place to the royal family and is also a place of history for them. It is one of Queen Elizabeth ll's main residences. The Queen is also involved in the College of St. George. The palace said the wedding is going to "reflect [the couple's] characters and personalities," according to Fox News.

After the wedding at 1 p.m., the couple will undertake a Carriage Procession from St. George's Chapel through Windsor Town and then return to Windsor castle. The carriage they will be using is called the Ascot Landau. It is "one of the five in the Royal Mews," the palace said.

"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," the palace said.

Wedding guests are expected to meet the couple at St. George's Hall for the reception. Prince Charles, Harry's father, will have a private reception later on with only close family and friends for the couple.

The couple has chosen pastry chef Claire Ptak to design and bake their wedding cake. The cake they chose is a "lemon elderflower cake that will incorporate the bright flavors of spring." The florist they have chosen is named Philippa Craddock. The florist plans to use flowers and plants that specifically bloom in May. The flowers will be donated to charity after the wedding, according to Fox News.

There have been a total of 600 people who were invited to the service and another 200 close friends who received invitations to an after party at the Frogmore House. The couple will be accepting wedding gifts, but they will be donated to charity.

“Prince Harry & Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill they have received since their engagement, [and] have asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion of their wedding considers giving to charity, instead of sending a gift,” Kensington Palace wrote in a news release.