The anticipation for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding builds up as the palace released more details about the royal nuptials in May, including the time of the ceremony.
Time And Venue
Kensington Palace revealed in a statement that the royal wedding will take place at 12 p.m. GMT (7 a.m. EST) on May 19 at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
The Right Rev. David Conner, the dean of Windsor, will conduct the wedding service. Meanwhile, The Most Rev. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will officiate when Prince Harry and Markle take their marriage vows. Welby also performed the christening of Prince William's son Prince George in 2013.
Similar to when Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011, Prince Harry and Markle will also do a royal procession following the wedding ceremony. The palace revealed the route the newlyweds will take when they first emerge as husband and wife.
Prince Harry and Markle will take a carriage ride from St. George's Chapel and leave Windsor via Castle Hill. The royal procession will continue along High Street through Windsor Town, passing Sheet Street, King's Road, and Albert Road. They will return to Windsor Castle on a route called the Long Walk.
"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," reads the statement from Kensington Palace.
Wedding Reception And Guests
The palace did not reveal whether invitations for the royal wedding have already been sent. However, Prince Harry and Markle are expected to fill St. George's Chapel with guests (it can hold a maximum of 800 people). Among the expected guests are Prince Charles, Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, and the British monarch Queen Elizabeth with her husband, Prince Philip.
There have been rumors that Elton John has been invited to Prince Harry and Markle's wedding. The musician has yet to confirm his appearance at the royal wedding. However, he has secretly canceled his Las Vegas show on May 19. John was also invited to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding.
Markle and Prince Harry will rejoin their guests for the wedding reception at St. George's Hall. In the evening, Prince Harry's father, Prince Charles, will hold an intimate and private reception for friends and family.
In the statement, the palace expressed Prince Harry and Markle's gratitude for the many good wishes they received since they announced their engagement in November. The couple is looking forward to sharing their wedding with the public.