Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have invited the public to their Royal Wedding.
According to CNN, Kensington Palace revealed the couple has invited 2,600 members of the public into the grounds of Windsor Castle. However, those commoners will not get to watch the couple become husband and wife inside St. George's Chapel.
Those who are lucky enough to get an invite will get to witness both the bride and groom arriving at the chapel. Plus see their bridal party and guests arriving for the ceremony, as well as watch the newlyweds leave their wedding ceremony. Those invited will be front and center as the couple departs on their carriage ride procession through town. It might not be the actual ceremony, but getting to see Prince Harry and Ms. Markle up close on their wedding day is pretty cool.
Invitations are out for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, as the couple makes their first appearance alongside Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge for the first time this year. pic.twitter.com/JYv9xCScRI— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 28, 2018
“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. The couple has asked that the people chosen are from a broad range of backgrounds and ages, including young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities," read an official press release from Kensington Palace.
1,200 of the public attendees will be from across the United Kingdom, another 100 will be from two local schools, and 200 more will be people from various charities that are important to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Plus, there will be 610 Windsor Castle community members, and 530 members of the royal households and Crown Estate. This ends up being a little more than 2,600... but not by much.
Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will invite 2,640 members of the public to Windsor Castle on their wedding day to watch the arrivals of the Bride and Groom and their guests and the carriage procession as it departs from the castle. pic.twitter.com/pII5T4Ctcm— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 2, 2018
The official guest list for the Royal Wedding remains under wraps until the big day on May 19th. St. George's Chapel holds about 800 guests. Those watching can expect it to be completely filled when the couple says I do. It is worth noting that the size of their chosen venue is much smaller than Westminster Abbe where Prince William and Kate Middleton got married almost seven years ago. Apparently Harry and Meghan wanted a more intimate affair.