Royal Wedding Facts – From The Dress, Flowers, Cake, And Guests To The Cost, Bridesmaids And Carriage


AS Harry and Meghan’s big day draws ever closer we look at everything that has gone into making the wedding of the year.

Here are the facts and figures about the upcoming nuptials.

News Group Newspapers Ltd Harry and Meghan’s big day is just days away and here’s all you need to know about the wedding of the year

Who are the bridesmaids, page boys and ushers?

Meghan and Harry are heading down the traditional English route of only having children as bridesmaids.

They also have something for the male youngsters to do by having them as page boys.

Here’s the full list of little guys and gals taking part in the big day:


Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, 3 Miss Florence van Cutsem, 3, goddaughter of Prince Harry, daughter of Mrs. Alice van Cutsem and Major Nicholas van Cutsem Miss Remi Litt, 6, goddaughter of Ms. Markle, daughter of Mrs. Benita Litt and Mr. Darren Litt Miss Rylan Litt, 4, goddaughter of Ms. Markle, daughter of Mrs. Benita Litt and Mr. Darren Litt Miss Ivy Mulroney, 4 , daughter of Mrs. Jessica Mulroney and Mr. Benedict Mulroney Miss Zalie Warren, 2, goddaughter of Prince Harry, daughter of Mrs. Zoe Warren and Mr. Jake Warren

Page boys

His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, 4 Master Jasper Dyer, 6, godson of Prince Harry, son of Mrs. Amanda Dyer and Mr. Mark Dyer M.V.O. Master Brian Mulroney, 7, son of Mrs. Jessica Mulroney and Mr. Benedict Mulroney Master John Mulroney, 7, son of Mrs. Jessica Mulroney and Mr. Benedict Mulroney

Harry however will have a few of his buddies on deck during the big day ensuring everyone finds their seasts.

The Prince’s list of ushers includes:

Prince William, 35, – Best man Tom “Skippy” Inskip, 31 Charlie Van Straubenzee, 29 Tom Van Straubenzee, 35 Adam Bidwell, 42 Arthur Landon, 37 William Van Cutsem, 38 Mark Dyer, 52

The newlyweds will take part in a procession around Windsor from the castle and back

Who made the cake?

East London pastry chef Claire Ptak has begun work on the cake for the big day.

She excitedly posted a snap of three crates of lemons on the Violet Cakes Instagram page with the caption “And so it begins.”

PA:Press Association Claire Ptak, owner of Violet Bakery in Hackney, East London, who has been chosen to make the cake for the wedding in May of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The happy couple’s wedding cake will showcase the “flavours of Spring” with lemon and elderflower.

With just four days to go until the big day work has started to bake the buttercream-covered masterpiece.

Claire previously said: “I can’t tell you how delighted I am to be chosen to make Prince Harry and Ms Markle’s wedding cake.

Who is doing the flowers?

The pair will be surrounded by white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves as they say “I do”.

The floral displays in St George’s Chapel will be created using locally sourced flowers and foliage.

Most of what will go into the eye-catching creations will be plucked from the gardens and land of The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park.

Who is making the dress?

No news has been released yet of the designer of Meghan’s dress, but bookies been listing their odds ahead of the big day.

In February, a sudden surge in betting was so large that British bookies Paddy Power had to suspend bets on Meghan’s dress designer altogether.

A flurry of bets were placed on one well-known person, Alexander McQueen.

And in March, Ladbrokes announced it has pulled the plug on its bets too, amid speculation that the dress designer will be Ralph & Russo.

NBC Speculation is rife about who has made Meghan’s dress ahead of the wedding

This is the same designer as the person behind the £56k braless dress she wore in her engagement pictures. 

Paddy Power have stopped taking bets for it but at least check these were the odds: Ralph & Russo (7/4), Alexander McQueen (3/1), Erdem (5/1), Steve Parvin (6/1) and Roland Mouret (13/2).

Meanwhile, Ladbrokes has Ralph & Russo (1/6), Erdem (3/1), Victoria Beckham (4/1), Roland Mouret (4/1) and Jenny Packham (5/1).

But Victoria Beckham has ruled herself out of the running, sensationally revealing she in fact is not the designer.

Who are the guests?

The wedding invitations were printed on March 22, and the couple have kept fairly tight-lipped about their guest list.

There won’t be as many wedding guests as when Prince William tied the knot in 2011, but it has been confirmed that Harry’s older brother will be the best man.

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding took place at Westminster Abbey, with 1,900 guests but St George’s chapel, Harry and Meghan’s venue, can hold 800 people.

They will also invite 2,640 members of the public on the day to the Windsor Castle grounds including 1,200 people, who have demonstrated strong leadership in their communities. 

Around 600 people have been invited to the service which takes place at St George’s Chapel on Saturday May 19.

Unfortunately those wanting a glimpse of Prince Louis on the day will be disappointed, as the palace has confirmed he won’t be attending – instead being cared for by a nanny nearby on the day.

AP:Associated Press The invites to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding have now been printed

Meghan’s older half-siblings, Thomas Markle Jr and Samantha Markle, have not be invited on the big day.

Her nephew, Thomas Jr’s son Tyler Dooley, and his mum Tracey Dooley, are also rumoured to have been left off the guest list. 

Meghan’s mum, Doria Ragland, will be attending, and her father, Thomas Markle Sr, had plananed to walk his daughter down the aisle.

However, on May 14, US media reported that he had been struck down by a heart problem and pulled out of the ceremony after realising he might be too ill to make the trip.

All three of Princess Diana’s siblings will be in attendance – Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer.

At the very least, we expect to see a few of Meghan’s mates as guests at the wedding – as well as fashion designer Misha Nonoo, who’s thought to be the woman who set her and Harry up.

It’s inevitable that the wedding will be attended by a host of foreign royals.

Prince Seeiso of Lesotho and his wife, Princess Mabereng, who have worked alongside the Prince and his charity Sentebale since 2006, will also attend.

The timeline of Meghan and Harry’s big day

9am: Members of the public who have been invited to watch the wedding day from the grounds of Windsor Castle begin to arrive.

9.30-11.00: Wedding guests arrive at the Castle’s famous Round Tower by coach and enter the chapel through the South Door and take their seats.

11.20: Members of the royal family begin to arrive and enter via the Galilee Porch, some on foot others by car.

11.45: Possibly around this time Harry and his brother the Duke of Cambridge arrive at the Chapel’s West Steps, probably on foot walking past the thousands of spectators invited into the grounds of the castle. The moment will give Harry the chance to acknowledge the 200 representatives from charities he is associated with gathered in the Horseshoe Cloister at the bottom of the steps.

11.55-11.59: Following protocol, the Queen will be the last member of the royal family to arrive for the wedding service.

11.59: Ms Markle arrives at the Chapel’s West Steps by car, from her overnight accommodation, with some of her bridesmaids and pageboys.

She will start her journey, which will take her past some of the crowds in the Long Walk, with her mother Doria Ragland – but when the car stops at the castle her mother will exchange places with her bridesmaids and pageboys.

Ms Ragland will enter the chapel by the Galilee Porch and in the absence of Meghan’s father Thomas Markle it is unknown who will escort Meghan up the aisle as the ceremony begins.

12.00: Service starts.

1.00pm: Service ends and the newlyweds emerge at the West Steps of the Chapel. They will be waved off on their carriage procession through Windsor by members of both families. The congregation will file out of the chapel to see the newlyweds leave before heading to St George’s Hall for the lunchtime reception hosted by the Queen.

1.05pm: Around this time the carriage procession through the streets of Windsor will begin, taking 25 minutes.

7.00pm: Bride and groom departing Windsor castle for the evening reception Frogmore House hosted by the Prince of Wales.

What carriage will the happy couple use?

Meghan and Harry will go from the church to the reception in a horse drawn carriage pulled by a set of Windsor Greys.

At 1pm on Saturday the service will and and the newlyweds emerge at the West Steps of the Chapel.

�2018 Stephen Lock / i-Images The royal carriage is pulled through the streets of Windsor during the rehearsal for the big day

They will be waved off on their carriage procession through Windsor by members of both families.

The congregation will file out of the chapel to see the newlyweds leave before heading to St George’s Hall for the lunchtime reception hosted by the Queen.

The carriage procession through the streets of Windsor will take 25 minutes.

How much will the wedding cost?

Wedding planning company Bridebook has calculated how much they think will be spent on flowers, food, entertainment and, of course, the dress.

Bridebook also guess that big day, taking place in Windsor on May 19, will earn the couple a place on the list of the top ten most expensive weddings of all time – ahead of William and Kate’s (estimated to have cost £20million).

The experts says the bulk of the royal costs will be spent on security – with Meghan’s dress, the flowers, food and drinks coming in at nearly a million pounds.

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