As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day approaches (it came around so quick!?, royal wedding watchers across the world can't wait for the celebrations to start! We're taking a look at absolutely everything you need to know. When and what time is the wedding, what dress has the bride chosen and what roles will Prince George and Princess Charlotte have at the ceremony? All your questions are answered below!
When and where is the royal wedding?
Harry and Meghan's church ceremony will start at 12 noon on Saturday 19 May at St George's Chapel in Windsor. The service will last for one hour, and fans will be able to tune in from home (on BBC, ITV or Sky News), or down the pub! The Prince has a strong connection to Windsor; he was baptised in the very same chapel where his wedding ceremony will be held.
Where is the wedding reception?
After the ceremony, the first reception, hosted by the Queen, will be held at St George's Hall at Windsor Castle for all 600 guests (what an invite!). This will be followed by a second, more exclusive reception for Harry and Meghan's 200 closest friends and family at Frogmore House, also in Windsor (an even better invite!). The latter will be hosted by the groom's father, Prince Charles.
Why is Meghan Markle's Dad not attending?
The question of whether Meghan's father will or will not attend the wedding still remains unanswered. The latest reports claim that Thomas Markle, 73, will not be making an appearance due to his health problems, but that he would have liked to. Earlier this week TMZ also claimed that the retired lighting director, who lives in Mexico, felt embarrassed about staging photos with a paparazzo, saying he meant no harm to Meghan or the royal family. Kensington Palace released a statement, saying: "This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding. She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation."
Who will walk Meghan down the aisle?
If Thomas does not attend the wedding, Meghan will have to find a replacement. The actress' mother Doria Ragland, who she is incredibly close to, is tipped to do the honours. Or, Prince William could step in and accompany his future sister-in-law down the aisle. Other bets claim Harry could walk with his bride. It wouldn't be the first time; King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands walked with his bride, Maxima, as did Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and his partner, Mette-Marit. Then again, proud feminist Meghan may choose to walk solo. So really... who knows!
Who is Meghan's Maid of Honour?
Meghan won't have an official maid of honour as she couldn't decide between her closest friends! Instead, each of her closest friends will have an active role and will be supporting her on her wedding day.
Who are the bridesmaids & pageboys?
The former Suits actress will have a bridal party though, made up of six bridesmaids and four pageboys. Harry's nephew and niece Prince George and Princess Charlotte will act as a pageboy and bridesmaid, just like they did at auntie Pippa Middleton's wedding last year. Other children who will join the bride include Harry's goddaughters Florence van Cutsem, three, and Zalie Warren, two, Meghan's godchildren Remi Litt, six, and Rylan Litt, seven, and Harry's godson Jasper Dyer, six. Meghan has also asked her best friend Jessica Mulroney's children Ivy, four, and twins Brian and John, seven, to play starring roles.
Who has designed the Royal Wedding Dress?
We won't know what the bride will wear until the day, but bets are on that Meghan has chosen Ralph & Russo. The actress handpicked the British brand for her official engagement photos, posing in a daring black dress worth a whopping £56,000. But our bets are on Erdem - there's been some definite murmurings about this brand.
Can I go to Windsor for the Day?
Fans and well-wishers can, of course, go down to Windsor on the weekend, but they will face airport-style security in the town. On the day of the wedding on Saturday, roads in and out of Windsor will be closed from 6am! Trains will be running throughout the night and in the early hours of the morning to accommodate fans travelling from all around the country. Our advice? Don't go!!! Watch it at home with a jug of Pimm's!
Who's paying for the Royal Wedding?
Kensington Palace have confirmed that the royal family are paying for the "core aspects" of the wedding, and 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." The wedding is estimated to cost around £32million, with around £6million expected to go towards security. Eek!
When were the Wedding Invites sent out? (because I think mine got lost in the post...)
Eight weeks before the wedding, the couple sent out their wedding invites, which were made by Barnard and Westwood. The company have been making royal invitations since 1985, and hold royal warrants to the Queen and Prince Charles. The palace revealed that the invitations were made in a process known as die stamping, on a machine from the 1930s. Using American ink on English card, the invitations were printed in gold and black, then burnished to bring out the shine, and gilded around the edge.
What cake will Harry & Meghan have?
Pastry chef Claire Ptak, owner of the London-based bakery Violet Cakes, will be in charge of creating the wedding cake. The couple have asked for a lemon elderflower cake that will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.
Who is the Royal Wedding photographer?
The couple have chosen Alexi Lubomirski – the same portrait photographer behind their engagement photos – to take the official wedding day photographs at Windsor Castle. "I could not be more thrilled or honoured to photograph this historic occasion," Alexi said. "Having taken Prince Harry and Ms Markle's engagement photos, it brings me such joy to be able to witness again, the next chapter in this wonderful love story."