While we won't know who has designed Meghan Markle's dress until the morning of the royal wedding itself, we can start to build up a pretty good picture of what will happen on the day, thanks to a flurry of updates from Kensington Palace, covering everything from the unusual choice of wedding cake to the names of the father-son horse duo that will be pulling Harry and Meghan's wedding carriage around the streets of Windsor. The latest missive from the Palace is perhaps one of the most anticipated, revealing who the couple have asked to be their bridesmaids and page boys.
While we already knew that Prince George and Princess Charlotte would be joining the bridal party for their aunt-to-be (it was confirmed by Kensington Palace shortly after Harry and Meghan's engagement was announced), here's who will be joining them. You might recognise some of their names...
Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, aged 3
Charlotte, who recently turned three, is of course Prince Harry’s only niece. This will be her second outing as a bridesmaid, having previously stolen the show as a flower girl at her aunt Pippa Middleton’s wedding last year.
Miss Florence van Cutsem, aged 3
A goddaughter of Prince Harry, Florence is the daughter of Alice and Nicholas van Cutsem. Her older sister, Grace, was a bridesmaid at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding, and was famously photographed looking a little grumpy on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Miss Remi Litt, aged 6
Remi, who is one of Meghan’s goddaughters, is the younger daughter of the bride’s close friend Benita Litt and her husband Darren. Benita is based in Los Angeles, where she runs her own brand curation agency.
Miss Rylan Litt, aged 7
Rylan is Remi’s older sister, and another of Meghan’s goddaughters.
Miss Ivy Mulroney, aged 4
Ivy is the daughter of Meghan’s best friend and unofficial maid of honour, PR and stylist Jessica Mulroney. Her father, Ben, who is the son of a former Canadian Prime Minister, works as a television presenter.
Miss Zalie Warren, aged 2
Two-year-old Zalie is Prince Harry’s goddaughter. Her father Jake was a godson of Princess Diana, and is one of the Prince’s oldest friends, having attended primary school and Eton College together; Harry attended his wedding to Zoe Stewart in 2013.
The page boys
Prince George of Cambridge, aged 4
Prince George needs no introduction. This will be his second turn as a page boy, having taken on the same role at his aunt Pippa’s wedding last year.
Master Jasper Dyer, aged 6
A godson of Prince Harry, Jasper’s parents are Amanda Dyer and Mark Dyer M.V.O, a former officer of the Welsh Guards and Royal Equerry.
Master Brian Mulroney, aged 7
Brian is the older brother of Ivy Mulroney.
Master John Mulroney, aged 7
John will join his twin brother at St. George’s Chapel
Will you be watching the royal wedding on May 19th? Here's exactly what will be happening, and when...
9:30am: Wedding guests begin to arrive
Wedding guests will begin to arrive – by coach, no less – from 9.30am until 11am, and will walk over to the South Door of St George's Chapel. Prepare to spot assorted Suits stars, Priyanka Chopra, Jessica Mulroney and the Beckhams.
11:20am: The royal family arrive in Windsor
Keep your eyes peeled from 11.20am as members of the Royal Family start to arrive at the Chapel, some on foot, others by car.
11:45am: Harry and William will arrive together
Prince Harry will arrive at St George's Chapel by foot, accompanied by his best man the Duke of Cambridge, and will enter via the West Steps. Here, they'll take the time to greet the members of the public gathered in the Castle precinct, including the charity representatives positioned at the Horseshoe Cloister (just outside the Chapel).
11:50am: Meghan will travel to Windsor Castle with her mother
At around the same time, Meghan and her mother, Doria, will leave their overnight location and travel to the Castle by car, passing through the Long Walk where members of the public are expected to gather. They'll briefly stop at the Castle, allowing Doria to travel on to the Chapel while Meghan is joined by bridesmaids and page boys ahead of her big entrance to the Chapel.
12pm: Meghan walks down the aisle
After Thomas Markle confirmed that he would no longer be walking his daughter down the aisle, having suffered a heart attack last week, it's assumed that Doria will accompany her daughter.
12pm: The wedding service begins
The wedding service itself will take about an hour, with a full order of service set to be unveiled to the public on Saturday morning. We already know that Lady Jane Fellowes, Harry's aunt and the elder sister of the late Princess of Wales will give the reading. All three of Diana's siblings will attend the ceremony, and Harry and Meghan have expressed happiness that they'll be able to celebrate her memory on the day.
1pm: The couple will greet charity representatives
Once they've officially tied the knot, the first thing that Harry and Meghan will do is to greet the 200 representatives from Prince Harry's chosen charities, who'll be gathered in the Horseshoe Cloister. In doing so, the couple are acknowledging how important these organisations will be in their future work; according to the Palace, they are 'delighted that these people who will be such an important part of their official work in the years to come will be the first people they see after the wedding.'
1:05pm: The carriage procession
Then, close family members will gather on the Chapel's steps to wave the couple off, as it's time for Harry and Meghan to step into their carriage (that's the same Ascot Landau that Pippa Middleton rode in at Will and Kate's wedding, in case you needed a refresher) and embark on a 25-minute procession around the castle and town. Hopefully neither of them have previous history with RSI, because all that royal waving could get very tiring. Meghan and Harry's guests will then file out of the church to catch the start of the carriage procession, before heading on to St George's Hall for the reception.
7pm: The couple head to Frogmore House
For all the national excitement, the wedding is a private event, and after the carriage procession, there won't be much left for us to see. The last thing that we'll be able to catch will be the moment that the bride and groom leave the Castle for Frogmore House, where the evening reception will take place.
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