The Royal Wedding to look out for in 2018! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will parade through Windsor in a carriage after making their wedding vows in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury, it can be revealed today. The couple, who will marry on May 19, will make a two-mile journey through the town cheered on by crowds from around the world.
The route will see them pass along six streets before ending up back at Windsor Castle, according to details released today by Kensington Palace. The marriage service, in the castle’s 15th century St George’s Chapel, will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, the Right Rev David Conner. The couple will then make their wedding vows in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
Harry, 33, will be the first senior royal in modern times to be granted a Church of England wedding despite marrying a divorced woman.
Although Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall received a blessing at St George’s Chapel in 2005, the couple had a civil service at Windsor Guildhall instead of a religious ceremony.
The service will last an hour, beginning at 12pm and finishing by 1pm, Kensington Palace confirmed. Members of the public will then be able to get a glimpse of the newlyweds as they undertake a carriage procession from Windsor Castle and back.
It will see them travel down Castle Hill, along the High Street and then along Sheet Street, Kings Road and Albert Road, before returning to the castle along the Long Walk.
On their return, Harry and his bride will join guests from the ceremony at a reception at St. George’s Hall and in the evening, Prince Charles will host a party for the couple and their close friends and family as he did for William and Kate following their 2011 nuptials.
Harry and his American actress fiancee, 36, are likely to have drawn inspiration from Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex, who married at St George’s Chapel in 1999. Their procession in a landau lasted around 15 minutes, with the town’s streets packed with 30,000 well-wishers. A spokesman for Kensington Palace said Harry and Meghan’s ‘short journey’ would ‘provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day’.