Hollywood Meets Royalty
For a while, it seemed as though royal rebel Prince Harry would never swear to love another “’till death do us part,” but then he met Hollywood divorcée, Meghan Markle. However, perhaps the Queen shouldn’t be in a celebratory mood just yet.
Can’t Help But Wonder
Although Kate Middleton and Prince William spent around the same amount of time as Meghan and Prince Harry being engaged before walking down the aisle, there does seem to be more of a sense of urgency with this couple, who already set a wedding date: Saturday, May 19th. Spring 2018 is quickly approaching, especially considering their engagement announcement came in early December 2017. Apparently, it is Prince Harry who feels it necessary to speed up the process, but one cannot help but wonder… What’s the rush?
Important To Him
The reason for the rush down the aisle isn’t nearly as juicy as tabloids would have wanted it to be. As it turns out, Prince Harry’s rush comes from the simple reason that his grandfather, the 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh, is of old age and the Prince wanted him to be present during the event. Royal expert Kate Nicholl reported, “He’s incredibly close to his grandfather and, [with him] being 96, Harry thought it was a great thing to have the wedding sooner rather than later”.
Kate Stays Out Of It
Those who think Kate Middleton is not participating in the wedding because she is too used to having the spotlight on her need to think again. The Duchess of Cambridge, as a matter of fact, is so humble, that she does not want the focus to be on her. For this reason, she would rather step back and let the woman wearing white dazzle everyone in sight. Not to mention, it would be against etiquette for a person of her status to attend to any other woman.
No Price For Love
In a lot of families and traditions, it is customary that parents of the bride will scoop up the bill for the big hurrah that is the wedding. However, the Royal family is no ordinary one and is not known to do things conventionally either, which is why the groom’s family will pick up the check, just as they did when Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot. Considering the Queen earned more than $108 million this year, we think this event will not break the bank.
Reason Behind The Location
It was decided that the wedding would take place at the St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, but there was a reason behind this call. The state of physical health of Prince Philip, Harry’s grandfather, was taken into account. Elite Daily reported that it was Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who chose this particular chapel for the ceremony since it was an easy location for the Duke of Edinburgh to arrive to. Harry preferred a venue close to their home.
When she was only six-years-old, Meghan’s parents went through a divorce. Since she was too young to decide, Markle grew up with her mother, although she claims her father did influence her to pursue a career in TV. Tom Markle, Meghan’s father, recently talked to the press and poured his heart out, saying he would personally love to walk his daughter down the aisle, despite being out of touch. Meghan, on the other hand, didn’t issue a response.
One Of A Kind, Twice
Prince Harry’s romantic gesture was a tear-jerking one: he compromised a diamond he sourced from his mother’s, Princess Diana, private collection in Botswana, in order to make her soon-to-be wife an engagement ring like no other. However, this gesture was not the first of its kind, since the engagement ring on the Queen’s finger was presented to her after Prince Philip took one rock out of his mother’s, Princess Alice of Battenberg, tiara. Prince Harry drew inspiration from his very own grandfather.
Do It Right
According to U.S. Magazine, Meghan Markle’s parents felt very warmly about this engagement, since they would never have expected Harry to ask for their daughter’s hand in marriage. Meghan and Prince Harry are far from conventional in many ways, but they also have the utmost respect for traditional values, too. Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland said: “Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person. To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents.”
Best Of Friends
In a post-proposal interview, Prince Harry was asked about his mother, who was such a big influence on his life despite losing her when he was only 12 years of age. As for what he believes her response would have been towards his engagement, Harry responded without hesitation, saying she would have been “jumping up and down” with excitement. He also added that his mother, Princess Diana, and Meghan would have been “thick as thieves… best friends,” and was all smiles as he said so.
Never To Part
In spite of her parents dissolving their marriage when Meghan was young, she remains close with the two of them. One would think that since she lived with her mother, her father would not continue to be a big part of her life, but it was made clear from the get-go that her dad was there to stay. Meghan asserted her feelings towards her father on social media, saying: “I’m still your buckaroo, and to this day your hugs are still the very best in the whole wide world.”
Best Friends Forever
Seeing as how Markle is a well-established name within the limelight and glamour community of the rich and famous, it would only make sense that those A-listers would serve the dutiful role of bridesmaids on Meghan’s special day. It has been reported that Priyanka Chopra, Serena Williams, and Jessica Mulroney have been asked to be bridesmaids, but the rumor about Markle’s Suits co-star, Sarah Rafferty, has not been confirmed yet. Now that is an invite list worth mentioning!
Share A Smooch
The “balcony moment” refers to the long-awaited moment in which the newly married, royal couple steps out into public after been pronounced husband and wife. Kate Middleton and Prince William shared a smooch with the public in 2011, and so did Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981. The photographic evidence of both pecks will go down in history, but it looks like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle won’t have their moment on account of not having their wedding at Buckingham Palace.
Will The Queen Miss Out?
The Queen, the most important figure in the royal family and one which is looked up to all over the United Kingdom, might not attend the wedding of her own grandson. While it is not customary for a family member to miss out on such an important event, there are specific royal wedding rules that could refrain her from attending. As is well-known, the Queen did miss out on another wedding in the past – her son’s, Prince Charles, and divorcée Camilla in 2005.
If your invitation to the royal wedding has not arrived in the mail yet, fear not. Us Weekly reported the entire event will be televised internationally, as was the ceremony held between Prince William and Kate Middleton. “[The Prince and his fiancée] 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,” said a source to Us Weekly.
After years of speculations about their relationship, Kate and the Duke of Cambridge announced to the world that they were finally ready to say their “I do”s. When it came to deciding on a date for the wedding, the two hit a wall. The Queen and then-89-year-old Prince Philip also had certain expectations of the royal wedding, which Kate and William needed to meet. Finally, a date was picked that suited everyone. Now the newly engaged couple had the same dilemma.
Stress Less, Princess
Unlike what many might think, Prince William was given a free hand when it came to the guest list. “I was given this official list of 777 names—dignitaries, governors, all sorts of people—and not one person I knew,” he said. After panicking about the guest list, he turned to his grandmother for advice: “I rang her up the next day and said, ‘Do we need to be doing this?’ And she said, ‘No. Start with your friends first and then go from there.'”
Kate’s Family Put Their Foot Down
A royal wedding is a state event. However, the royal family is the one put in charge of picking up the tab and paying for the ceremony and festivities. Although this is a well-known custom in the United Kingdom, the Middleton family insisted on chipping in for their daughter’s wedding with Prince William. The highly publicized wedding was in no way to a smaller scale because of this (it was later publicized that millions were spent on the event) but Kate’s family did contribute a respectable sum.
Full-Day Party Schedule
The day of a royal wedding begins with the wedding ceremony around noon, which is quickly followed by a luncheon named a “wedding breakfast.” Both the Queen and Princess Diana chose to have relatively small receptions, however, William and Kate insisted on hosting 600 friends, officials, and family members. The real wedding party takes place much later in the evening, but it is on a much smaller scale and more intimate. Apparently, it was Prince Harry who was in charge of setting up his brother’s wedding party.
Herb Of Love
Kate’s bouquet may have matched her gown on account of being white, but the truth is that she had no say in the matter. The flowers seen held are myrtle, the official flower of the royal bouquet. All royal weddings consist of this particular bouquet since the time Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840. Queen Victoria’s bouquet was made of the ‘herb of love,’ and because she admired it so much, she planted a shrub in her garden at Osborne House – and so, the tradition was born.
Marrying into the royal family does not mean one automatically becomes a Prince or Princess. The exact rule determines that when a woman marries a royal male heir, they will automatically appropriate their husband’s title. This can be seen in the example of Kate Middleton, who became the Duchess of Cambridge after marrying William, who is the Duke. Nevertheless, one cannot become a princess by marriage. In order to be one, you must be born into royalty. Princess Charlotte is a prime example of this.
Don’t Be Mean, Here’s A Jelly Bean
Kids are not always as cooperative as adults would like them to be. This was especially evident Kate Middleton and Prince William’s royal wedding – the two were meant to take pictures with their young flower girls and ring bearers, but the children simply would not settle down. Lucikly, the official photographer, Mr. Burnand, was well prepared ahead of time and used a tactic to make them all stop fidgeting and stay in place: he handed them jelly beans for good behavior.
You Don’t Call The Shots
Prince William may have had it easy when it came to adjusting the guest list, however, having to answer to certain standard commands comes with the territory of being born into a royal family. Prince William’s choice of clothing, for example, was not an arbitrary matter. “I wanted to decide what to wear for the wedding,” he said, “I was given a categorical, ‘No, you’ll wear this!’ … So you don’t always get what you want, put it that way.”
Love Knows No Bounds
Prince Harry and Prince William waited until they were in their 30’s to stand at the altar. However, the same cannot be said about the Queen. The Queen fell in love with Prince Philip when she was very young. Her father, King George, begged her to wait, claiming she was too young, which is why the engagement wasn’t announced until 1947. The official announcement came a year after Prince Philip popped the question, which is why four months later the two were already walking down the aisle.
All About The Lace
Diana didn’t feel as though being the only one wearing white was enough to make herself stand out from the crowd, so she had a record-breaking 25-feet long train attached to her dress. Kate’s 9-foot-long train also carried an impact. Nevertheless, trains aren’t all that differentiates these wedding gowns from others: the lace does. Princess Diana had borrowed lace dated back to Queen Mary which was incorporated into her iconic Elizabeth Emanuel dress, while Kate Middleton’s magnificent gown was covered in lace and designed by Sarah Burton.
The British monarchy takes no interest in participating in politics, which is why they do not take an active stand. Even in the most politically drastic times, when Britain was voting on Brexit, Buckingham Palace issued a statement asserting that “The Queen remains politically neutral as she has for 63 years.” The rest of the royals are also expected to follow in uniform, as monarchs are meant to represent the entire country and only meet with political leaders on state visits.
All Natural Diet
No woman marrying into the royal family is expected or demanded to lose weight, however, it just so happens to happen every time regardless – and it is not too difficult to understand why. These ladies are stressed enough as it is to wrap their heads around the fact they are getting married to royalty, so it happens naturally. Diana’s designer revealed that the princess had to be sewn into her dress: “She ended up with a 23-inch waist from a 26-to 27-inch.”
Tradition Doesn’t Always Win
Queen Anne (1683), George III (1761), George IV (1795), Queen Victoria (1840), and George V (1893) all got married at Chapel Royal at St. James Palace. It was tradition. Nonetheless, modern times require more than a few adjustment, and having a royal wedding at a venue that can only contain up to 100 people in capacity is unrealistic. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, therefore, will take place in Windsor Castle, despite Westminster Abbey insisting their claim that they overturned their ruling against re-marrying divorceés.
Home Sweet Home
Kate and William’s wedding cake contained eight tiers and 900 sugar-paste flowers – does this sound like much to you? Maybe it will put things into perspective knowing that usually, royal weddings consist of not one, but two wedding cakes. The first is the traditional one, which is more often than not a fruit cake, while the second is picked out by the prince and is a childhood favorite. Unlike other wedding traditions, however, guests get a slice of the cake as a memento to take home.
Flowers On A Grave
This might sound slightly morbid to those who are unaware of this part of the wedding ceremony, but royal brides are not allowed to toss their bouquets toward their eager, giggling friends. Instead, the blushing bride is meant to take her flower arrangement and leave it at the grave of the “unknown warrior,” which is situated in Westminster Abbey. This symbolic gesture started when the late Queen Mother did so for the first time, and ever since then it has been carried on.
Living A Fairytale
No, this is not a picture taken straight out of a Warner Brothers Studios film set, or even at Disneyland. This is a real-life horse-drawn carriage, as it wouldn’t be a royal wedding without the bride and groom being brought from one place to another without riding one. Nevertheless, various newlywed royals put their own twist on the tradition. Diana and Charles, for example, took a glass carriage. Kate and Prince William, however, went with cars for one way and a carriage for the other.
It is a well-known tradition for brides to require wearing or owning something old, borrowed, blue and new before tying the knot, and royal queens are no different. Queen Elizabeth wore two pearl necklaces on her wedding day, and apparently, one belonged to Anne, the last Stuart queen. The other was owned by King George II’s wife. Princess Diana also stuck to tradition as she borrowed a tiara from her family, and a small blue bow was sewn into the side of her dress.
All That Glitters
Royal wedding bands must contain Welsh gold, according to tradition. This concept turned rule began at the Queen’s mother’s wedding 1923 – and ever since then, it was an unwritten rule. This is not a cheap tradition, considering the Welsh gold is three times more precious than gold found in Australia and South Africa. The Queen has been bestowed with another nugget of Welsh gold since the first one used is almost depleted. The new one was used for Kate Middleton, and very soon, Meghan Markle.
The First Kiss
The first kiss is not only the most anticipated part of a romantic comedy – it is the highlight of the wedding ceremony. Prince Charles and Diana started this tradition in 1981, but interestingly, it turned out to be more of a forced kiss. William and Kate carried with the tradition in 2011, and it seemed the press and public could not get enough of it. Thousands were standing outside Buckingham Palace to get a glimpse of the newlyweds smooching after William turned to Kate and asked, “shall we kiss?”
Guarding The Queen’s Jewls
The morning of Queen Elizabeth’s wedding, the most unexpected happened – the tiara that was lent to her broke. Royal jeweler, House of Garrard explained why this was a near-disaster, saying: “The Fringe Tiara was given to Queen Elizabeth on her wedding day, and the hairdresser broke it. On that day, they had it police-escorted to the House of Garrard workshops. We fixed the tiara that morning, had it sent back to Queen Elizabeth, and then she got married in it.”
Here Comes The Bride
The moment the royal bride walks out to the public in her dress causes everyone watching to hold their breath. Not only is it such a rare occasion to witness, but the gown is undoubtedly mesmerizing and one of a kind. Everything must be perfect and in place. Queen Elizabeth’s dress was worked on by 350 women. Not only that, but it took seven strenuous weeks to achieve the design crafted by couturier Norman Hartnell. Diana’s dress was also intricate – the entire dress was hand-embroidered with over 10,000 pearls.
Invited By The Queen
Queen Elizabeth II is the one in charge of sending out the invitations for royal family weddings. The Queen gets the final word of who does and doesn’t get invited. In 2011, the Queen sent out 1,900 invitations for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding. The invitation read “The Lord Chamberlain is commanded by The Queen to invite. . . to the marriage of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales, K.G., with Miss Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on Friday, 29th April, 2011 at 11.00am.”
Bachelor Party Like No Other
When Prince William announced he fully intended on marrying Kate Middleton, his brother, Prince Harry, jumped withexcitement with the mere thought of being in charge of the stag party. In the US, the stag party is called a bachelor party, just like the bachelorette party is known as a hen in the UK. Since Prince Harry wanted to keep everything under wraps, he made every effort to throw off the media to keep the stag party as private as possible.
You Smell… Interesting
This is not a well-known fact as Princess Diana did a great job acting as though nothing happened, but rumor has it that Diana was so excited about walking down the aisle with her beloved Prince Charles that she ended up spritzing too much of her favorite perfume onto her. In fact, Diana poured the entire Quelques Fleurs bottle on her wedding gown, and all because her nerves got the best of her. Lucikly, the perfume did not stain the dress.
Good Luck With That
Princess Diana’s dressmakers sewed a tiny token for good luck into her wedding dress. The charm was a small gold horseshoe, and it was encrusted with white diamonds. The charm was also meant to lift the young girl’s spirits, but unfortunately, some things and even the most endearing charm cannot fix, as Charles and Diana’s marriage was doomed from the very beginning. This is also highly visible from their body language on their supposed to be special day.
He’s Not Next In Line
The royal wedding is meant to be a state event, which is why on several such occasions, the government opts to give the whole United Kingdom a national holiday so that the nation can join in the festivities of the royal family and celebrate the newlywed couple. Kate and William’s wedding day enabled everyone off work to celebrate, however, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not do the same, as the Prince won’t be ascending the throne.
Get It Right
If there is one thing you should probably get right, it is your husband’s name! However, we find it hard having to blame poor Diana, who was already nervous enough as it is, for stumbling over her words at her wedding. To be fair, royals are not short of names either, which is why it completely makes sense that one would err. Princess Diana mumbled “Philip Charles Arthur George” instead of “Charles Philip Arthur George” during her vows. Luckily, Kate Middleton got it right!
The Royal Marriages Act of 1772 dictates that all royal descendants must seek the sovereign’s approval for marriage. King Edward, for example, was infamously denied permission to marry divorceé Wallis Simpson, which eventually lead him to abdicate the throne in order to take her hand in marriage. Yet, in 2013, the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 excluded the requirement for those outside the first six persons in line to the throne to seek approval of marriage, making Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle a legal one.
Obey You Must (Not)
In the past, it was a royal protocol for the bride to pledge to “honor, cherish, and obey” their royal husband, but times change and many felt uncomfortable with such a statement. Therefore, the words have been changed to “love, comfort, honor, and keep” each other instead. 1999 brought quite a roar when Sophie, Countess of Wessex, promised to “obey” fiance at-the-time Prince Edward. Following this incident, royal couples have since preferred to take the modern approach, like Kate and William.
Stamp Of Approval
Members of the royal family are not permitted to marry a divorceé in the Church of England. Luckily, the Succession to the Crown Act of 2013 enables Prince Harry to marry Meghan Markle with the Queen’s permission. She also gave her permission to Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles in 2005, so this would not be the first time she gave her rubber stamp on a marriage in spite of a previous one dissolving. That being said, one can be sure getting her approval is not an easy task.