What's next for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?

On Monday, Kensington Palace announced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will get married in the spring. The couple will live at Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of the palace in London, but few details have yet to be revealed. But what’s next for the happy couple?

Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle posed for photographers during a photocall on the grounds of Kensington Palace. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

 

When will the wedding be?

A date will have already been fixed and royal aides are said to have synced royal diaries a while ago to find a suitable day and make sure the Queen, the Prince of Wales, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and other royals could all attend.

Royal weddings usually take place only a few months after an engagement announcement. March is the most likely month, leaving enough time to ensure pregnant Kate is not about to give birth to her third child.

The happy couple have been dating since the summer of 2016. (Photo: Rex)

Where will the wedding venue be?

The venue will also have been decided and the Archbishop of Canterbury is expected to perform the ceremony. St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle is a good bet. The 15th century church is grand, but will allow for a smaller scale royal wedding compared with Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.

What about security?

The Metropolitan Police will start planning immediately for the high-profile event. The current threat level for international terrorism in the UK is severe. Extra officers will be drafted in to patrol the streets on the day amid tight security surrounding the chosen venue. Ms Markle will also have been assigned a royal bodyguard from the Metropolitan Police’s Royalty and Specialist Protection Command.

Markle will no doubt already have an idea about what she’ll be wearing on the big day (Photo: PA)

What will Meghan wear for the big day?

Fashion designers around the world will be hoping to get the call for this royal wedding. Markle will no doubt already have an idea of what she wants. The actress appeared in an Anne Barge ballgown wedding dress for her role as Rachel Zane in Suits, and her own first wedding to TV producer Trevor Engleson saw her wear a sleek, strapless, floor-length white dress with diamante detail. Her stylist and close friend Jessica Mulroney runs the bridal store Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay in Toronto, so it is likely Mulroney will be Markle’s first call for help picking out a dress amid great secrecy.

Who will make the guest list?

Harry and his fiancee will have already drawn up a guest list, but there will also be a number of dignitaries they have to invite. The prince’s grandmother, the Queen, will be on hand to help. William revealed after his 2011 wedding: “I went to (the Queen) and said ‘Listen, I’ve got this list, not one person I know. What do I do?’ And she went ‘Get rid of it. Start from your friends and then we’ll add those we need to in due course. It’s your day.'”

The happy couple are set to wed in spring 2018 (Photo: PA)

Who’s responsible for the planning?

The Lord Chamberlain’s Office at Buckingham Palace is responsible for organizing royal weddings.
Under the guidance of Harry’s private secretary, Edward Lane Fox, they will deal with the ceremonial aspects of the day. From the sending of the invitations to arranging any royal carriages, the nuptials and the schedule of the day are handled by the Royal Household staff — with their meticulous planning and tried and trusted procedures — and they are skilled at executing smooth-running ceremonies and celebrations for royal VIPs.

The Office arranges the Queen’s garden parties for 8,000 guests at a time. It is also its duty to organize royal funerals and the State Opening of Parliament. Its staff were responsible for sending out William and Kate’s gold embossed invitations and dealing with the hundreds of replies. The day-to-day running of the Lord Chamberlain’s Office falls to the Comptroller, Lieutenant Colonel Sir Andrew Ford.

The news about the Royal Wedding was announced earlier this morning (Photo: PA)

Will the Brits get a day off for the wedding?

Downing Street has said that there are “no plans for a bank holiday” for the wedding next year, sending waves of disappointment throughout the UK. Brits were hoping for an extra day off work, which was one of the bonus features of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.

 


The nation was also given a day off for the Prince of Wales’s marriage to Diana Spencer in 1981.

But Theresa May’s official spokesman said: “There are no plans for a Bank Holiday. “There isn’t a precedent in this area.”

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