The second of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s sons, Prince Harry, is marrying American actress Meghan Markle on May 19th, 2018. The ceremony will be held at the historic St. George’s Chapel, located on Windsor Castle grounds.
If you’ve happened to watch a British royal wedding, you’re familiar with the basics. From Her Majesty’s imposing presence, to the classic carriage ride, the sense of tradition and duty looms large. Yet the couple’s reputation as modern thirtysomethings on the move, along with the fact that they’re far enough down the royal pecking order to get away with breaking a few rules, have many anxious to see how the whole affair will pan out.
Here’s what’s been shared so far.
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And we’re bucking tradition already. Typically, royal weddings mean fruitcake, and when we say “typically”, we mean they’ve been eating fruitcakes at weddings since the Middle Ages. The particular combination of ingredients – namely liquor, spices, and nuts – were considered a status symbol thanks to their cost and availability.
Harry and Meghan have instead chosen to employ the services of Claire Ptak, an American expat who now runs the very successful Violet Cakes bakery in London.
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While no one is questioning Ptak’s expertise, she does have one very important connection that likely tipped the scales in her favor. She is reportedly a friend of the bride, and was even featured on her now-defunct blog, The Tig. For the big day, the staff from Violet Cakes will craft a confection featuring flavors of lemon and elderflower.
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Speaking of flowers, Kensington Palace recently announced that designer Philippa Craddock would be responsible for floral arrangements. Says the Palace, “Where possible, Philippa will use flowers and plants that are in season and blooming naturally in May, including branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves.”
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It’s the “peony” part everyone is counting on; they’re the bride’s favorite posy, as she once shared on Instagram, seen above. The addition of branches might create an atmosphere that nods back to Will & Kate’s ceremony at Westminster Abbey, where live trees turned the Gothic church into a bit of a forested fairytale.
Fans will still have to wait to see if the traditional sprig of myrtle is included in Markle’s bouquet.
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Naturally, royal watchers have already gotten ahead of themselves in terms of the couple’s future plans. However, Markle herself is stoking the flames with some remarks of her own.
During a visit to Northern Ireland, the pair had a chat with the founder of a line of baby products. Perusing the goods, Markle said, “I’m sure at some point we’ll need to whole thing.” A perfectly practical observation, but exciting for fans nonetheless.
Ultimately, those in the know expect that the wedding will carefully blend tradition with Harry and Meghan’s personal style. No matter what, the details are expected to help set the trend for weddings taking place in 2019.