Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have invited over 1,000 people from the public to attend their wedding on 19 May.
The nation now has even more reason to be excited about the impending royal wedding. In a break from royal tradition, the couple have decided to open their wedding up to the public, including 100 lucky school children who will be among the special guests.
Kensington Palace made the exciting announcement earlier today, with a statement saying: ‘Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have said they want their Wedding Day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too.
‘This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters and values of the Bride and Groom.’
Prince Harry and Meghan have invited 2,640 people to the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch them arrive and depart in their wedding carriage.
Unlike any other royal wedding, the couple have invited 100 pupils from two local schools, The Royal School, Great Park, Windsor and St George’s School, Windsor Castle. Both schools have ‘a strong affiliation with the Windsor Castle community’.
The rest of the 2,640 guests is made up of 1,200 members of the public from a range of different backgrounds and ages; 200 people from across different charities and organisations that the couple have a close connection with; 610 Windsor Castle community members and 530 members of the Royal Households and Crown Estate.
The couple will get married at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle
People took to Twitter to share their delight with the news. One wrote: ‘That is so lovely of you to do that. This is your day and you are making it special for other people. So very thoughtful.’
Another said: ‘That is so lovely bless them. Such a beautiful couple. ❤️❤️’
Meghan and Harry are not afraid to challenge the norms. In January it was revealed that Meghan would make a speech at the wedding, something the Duchess of Cambridge did not do at her wedding to Prince William.
Harry and Meghan are only a few months away from tying the knot
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Other attendees on Harry and Meghan’s big day will of course be the royal family, including The Queen, as well as Meghan’s parents. Prince George and Princess Charlotte are likely to receive key roles on the day, like they did at their aunt Pippa’s wedding.
Other guests are thought to include the Spice Girls and the Obamas, but we’ll have to wait for the day to know for certain who made the cut…