Fun Facts about the Royal Wedding

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

May 19, 2018
 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are marrying this weekend and we are so excited for the celebration. They are a gorgeous couple and their story is truly something out of a fairytale. Even all the way across the pond, we feel as if we've known Prince Harry for years after being in the spotlight for most of his life. No lie, we're already pretty excited to watch the Lifetime movie and read all the romance fiction that will come about from so much inspiration! 

If you're a Royal Wedding watcher like us, you should check out our fun facts below. Congrats to the happy royal couple–we can't wait to see all the details of their big day!

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Fun Facts

They have been together for 16 months.  It is quick compared to William and Kate!

Got engaged November 2017.

Meghan is not royal or British, so she breaks that rule. She is American and comes from a blue collar family. She is mixed race.

The engagement ring will come from precious diamonds from Diana’s personal collection.

Meghan was raised Catholic and went to a Catholic school. This is in conflict with the Royals who can only marry a member of the Church of England since Henry the 8th. She was recently baptized in the Church of England. She did so out of respect for the Queen.

Meghan is a divorcee; until recently that was not allowed. The Queen has never attended a church wedding for a divorcee. She didn’t even attend her own son Prince Charles' wedding to Camilla; she only attended the reception.

For 180 years since Queen Victoria, the bouquet also will have a sprig of lemon myrtle, which dates back to 1858. It represents love.

The cake is usually always a fruitcake but Prince Harry’s cake will be a lemon butter cream cake. Yum!

The engagement photos are usually covered up and demure, but Prince Harry and Meghan's photos were more fashionable.

Prince Harry and Meghan break tradition because they show more PDA than any other royal!

Most of the Royal weddings have been during the week because the Queen doesn’t like to do things on her weekends, but Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding will be on a Saturday. 

The Queen had to sign off for Prince Harry to marry Meghan. She waited until four months after the engagement to do so.

Meghan is the first person to join the family’s inner circle for the royal Christmas activities before being married into the royal family.

Prince Harry and Meghan are breaking tradition by not inviting heads of state to their wedding. They are instead inviting 1,200 people from the public to be on the grounds of Windsor Castle at St. George’s Chapel.

The wedding will take place at St. George Chapel, a smaller church than usual that can only have 800 people in it so it will be more intimate. The Westminster Abbey could hold 2,000.

Traditionally the bride will wear a tiara borrowed from the Queen. It is assumed that Meghan will do the same.

Traditionally the bride and groom do not kiss. It is actually forbidden in Westminster Abbey, which is why William and Kate had their first kiss on the balcony after their wedding. We will have to see what Prince Harry and Meghan do!

-Special thanks to Shiree Carr for compiling our facts!

Liz Long