When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their wedding date back in December, just two months after they got engaged, May 19 felt really far away. And now it’s right around the corner and we can barely contain our excitement.
What you might know is that this royal pair has been defying social norms since the day they started dating. For one thing, Markle is biracial — half African-American and half white — which isn’t typical for the royal family.
It doesn’t surprise us that their wedding day will also be “breaking” some other royal rules as well. But they’ll actually also be keeping tradition for some aspects too. Here are some interesting facts you might not know about the upcoming royal wedding.
The date has significance.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose May 19 as their wedding date not for any relationship or calendar significance, but because they wanted to make sure Kate Middleton had enough time to recover from the birth of her third child, Prince Louis Arthur Charles, who entered the world on April 23. Isn’t that sweet?
Their venue isn’t standard.
Most royals get married at Westminster Abbey, but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose Windsor Castle in St. George’s Castle for their ceremony. Windsor Castle is much smaller than Westminster, holding a maximum of 800 people, while Westminster can hold over 2,000 people.
The reception will be even smaller.
Following the ceremony, Prince Harry and Meghan will then have their wedding reception at St George’s Hall for everyone invited to their wedding. But then they will have a second, more intimate affair later that evening at Frogmore House for only their closest friends and family. This reception will be hosted by the Prince of Wales.
But the invitations are on royal trend.
In terms of what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have done that’s traditional, their invitations hit the mark. The invitations were created by Barnard & Westwood, a popular British printing and bookbinding company, and are perfectly royal. The entire look is simple and elegant, while still following many years of royal tradition. For example, the three-feathered badge of the Prince of Wales is printed in an ornate gold ink.
The best news of all about the wedding? It’ll be televised, so you don’t need one of their gorgeous invitations in your mailbox to watch. Again, it’s May 19, and will start at 12 p.m. local time.
For which channels to tune into on the day of and how to watch the royal wedding, as well as three more fun facts about the wedding, check out the video below!
The countdown is on! Will you be tuning in to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding?