Road to the altar: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
LATEST UPDATE: May 19, 2018 - 9:16am
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May 19, 2018

Final preparations were being made inside the walls of Windsor Castle hours ahead of Saturday's royal wedding between Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle.

Florists were busy adding finishing touches to the floral decorations at St. George's Chapel.

A team of five workers was adding boughs of green foliage and white flowers to a voluminous display surrounding the South Door of the chapel. The entrance will be used by guests arriving ahead of the noon ceremony.

The wide open courtyard outside the chapel, known as the Lower Ward, was a hive of activity. Amid the bustle of castle workers, soldiers were carrying kit bags through the Henry VIII Gate into the castle grounds.

Some children of residents of the castle were playing on the clipped lawns, which were bathed in the evening sunshine, as their parents smiled. — AP

May 18, 2018

Live updates and material from the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will be released through a range of online platforms throughout the day.

The multimedia coverage is in line with the couple’s wishes to make the wedding as accessible as possible for as many people as want to participate.

As well as the live broadcast on the main channels in the UK – BBC One, ITV and Sky – people can follow the Royal Wedding on social media on;

Announcements, historical content and behind the scenes material can be found on the official wedding page, The Wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Markle

Watching the Wedding

Broadcasts on Television:

The wedding will be broadcast to UK viewers on BBC One, ITV and Sky News from 0900hrs. Please check television listings for more details.

Live streaming on The Royal Channel YouTube:

Broadcast footage of The Royal Wedding will be live streamed on The Royal Channel on YouTube 

The Royal Channel will host a live stream of the day's events from 11am on the day of the wedding.

Facebook

Clips of significant moments and photographs will be available on The Royal Family's Facebook page. 

Twitter:

Clips of significant moments will be available from the wedding throughout the day and posted to @KensingtonRoyal & @RoyalFamily.

The Royal Wedding website

Detailed announcements made on the day of the wedding will be published on our website

Updates and photos will be posted on The Wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Markle 

May 18, 2018

Kensington Palace says Prince Charles will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle at the royal wedding.

The father of groom Prince Harry stepped in after Markle's dad fell ill days before the wedding and was unable to fly to Britain.

Markle appealed for people to give Thomas Markle "the space he needs to focus on his health" amid reports he had had a heart procedure.

The palace said Friday that Markle's future father-in-law, the heir to the British throne, would walk Markle down the aisle at St. George's Chapel in Windsor on Saturday. The palace says he "is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to the Royal Family in this way."

May 17, 2018

A sad turn of events days before the much-awaited royal wedding: Meghan Markle confirmed with finality that her father will not be walking her down the aisle at Windsor Castle this weekend.

Kensington Palace released a statement from the would-be princess.

"Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health," she said.

"I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday," Markle added.

May 16, 2018

It's confirmed! The two littlest royals, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will play a role at Prince Harry's wedding with American actress Meghan Markle this weekend.

Arthur Edwards, the royal photographer at The Sun, tweeted:

May 16, 2018

Meghan Markle's dad to miss royal wedding: report

Meghan Markle's father is set to undergo heart surgery on Wednesday and will be unable to attend his daughter's wedding to Britain's Prince Harry, celebrity news website TMZ reports.

The gossip portal earlier reported that Thomas Markle, who lives in Mexico, was back in the hospital with doctors warning his heart was "seriously damaged" after a heart attack a week ago.

Doctors "will go in and clear blockage, repair damage and put a stent where it is needed," the 73-year-old is quoted as telling TMZ, which says Markle realized it was all but impossible he will be able to walk his daughter down the aisle. — Agence France-Presse

April 26, 2018

Princess Diana would've been delighted. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has accepted to serve as Prince Harry's best man for his May wedding with American actress Meghan Markle.

"The Duke of Cambridge is honoured to have been asked, and is very much looking forward to supporting his brother," announces Kensington Palace, the two royals' official residence.

April 12, 2018

The glamorous bride-to-be alone is forecast to pump 150 million pounds ($210 million) into the British economy as consumers try to mimic her style, according to economists at Brand Finance, which produces an annual report on the monarchy's economic contributions.

In all, the wedding is expected to generate more than 1 billion pounds of economic activity, including 300 million pounds in tourism, particularly from Americans eager to be part of the occasion. — AP

April 11, 2018

Maybe don't expect US President Donald Trump or British Prime Minister Theresa May at the royal wedding as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided that the affair will be spent with friends and family.

A person with knowledge of the guest list says former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle also are not attending.

Some 1,200 members of the public, however, were invited to the grounds of Windsor Castle for the big event. Among them were Phillip Gillespie, a soldier from Northern Ireland who lost his right leg in a combat incident in Afghanistan, where Harry also served, and a number of people who have founded charities.  — AP

April 11, 2018

Maybe don't expect US President Donald Trump or British Prime Minister Theresa May at the royal wedding as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided that the affair will be spent with friends and family.

A person with knowledge of the guest list says former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle also are not attending.

Some 1,200 members of the public, however, were named as guests. Among them were Phillip Gillespie, a soldier from Northern Ireland who lost his right leg in a combat incident in Afghanistan, where Harry also served, and a number of people who have founded charities.? — AP

April 11, 2018

Maybe don't expect US President Donald Trump or British Prime Minister Theresa May at the royal wedding as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided that the affair will be spent with friends and family.

A person with knowledge of the guest list says former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle also are not attending.

Some 1,200 members of the public, however, were named as guests. Among them were Phillip Gillespie, a soldier from Northern Ireland who lost his right leg in a combat incident in Afghanistan, where Harry also served, and a number of people who have founded charities.? — AP

April 11, 2018

Maybe don't expect US President Donald Trump or British Prime Minister Theresa May at the royal wedding as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided that the affair will be spent with friends and family.

A person with knowledge of the guest list says former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle also are not attending.

Some 1,200 members of the public, however, were named as guests. Among them were Phillip Gillespie, a soldier from Northern Ireland who lost his right leg in a combat incident in Afghanistan, where Harry also served, and a number of people who have founded charities.? — AP

March 23, 2018

Time to check the mailbox for the 600 people invited to the wedding of Prince Harry and fiancée Meghan Markle as the invites are out.

Kensington Palace says the invitations were posted earlier this week without revealing who had made the guest list.

The invitations, issued in Prince Charles' name, were on thick white card gilded along the edge, which were die-stamped in gold and then burnished.

It read: "His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales... requests the pleasure of the company of... at the marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales with Ms Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday 19th May, 2018 at 12 Noon followed by a reception at Windsor Castle."

Invitations for the wedding of Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle are pictured, after they have been printed at the workshop of Barnard and Westwood in London on March 22, 2018.
Victoria Jones/POOL/AFP

 

The invites also indicated the dress code: uniform, morning coat or lounge suit for men, or day dress with a hat for ladies.

March 20, 2018

Prince Harry and fiancée Meghan Markle have chosen a chef to create a lemon elderflower cake "that will incorporate the bright flavours of spring," Kensington Palace announces.

Pastry chef Claire Ptak, designated to create the royal wedding cake for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's May 19 nuptial. Kensington Palace photo

The cake by Claire Ptak, owner of London-based bakery Violet Cakes, will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.

The cake departs from the traditional fruit cake base usually used in royal weddings.

March 12, 2018

Meghan Markle is expected to appear at a service marking Commonwealth Day, the UK's Evening Standard reports. This will be her first official event alongside Queen Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey.

Other senior members of the British royal family such as Markle's fiancé, Prince Harry, and his brother the Prince Wiliam, Duke of Cambridge, are also set to attend the service.

February 14, 2018

Hit maker Ed Sheeran is likely to perform at the royal wedding of Prince Harry of Wales and actress Meghan Markle in May. Citing a source, British weekly magazine Us Weekly reports that "Prince Harry has personally requested Ed perform at his wedding."

On the occasion of being honored as part of the Order of the British Empire last month, Sheeran was asked by reporters if he would agree to play at the royal wedding once asked. "Why not?" he answered.

February 12, 2018

Prince Harry and fiancee American actress Meghan Markle release more details about their May 19 wedding, revealing that the event will include a carriage ride through Windsor so they can share the big day with the public.

Kensington Palace says in a statement that the couple is "hugely grateful" for the many good wishes they have received and they hope the carriage ride will give the general public a chance to take part.

"They hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day," the palace says.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is to marry the couple. A reception for the couple and guests from the congregation will be held in St. George's Hall after the carriage ride.

Prince Charles, the father of the groom, will give a private evening reception for the couple, close friends and family at an undisclosed location.

Here's a new As It Happens timeline on the lead-up to the May 2018 wedding of Prince Harry of Wales and American actress Meghan Markle.

The couple will marry at noon in St George’s Chapel, the 15th-Century church on the grounds of Windsor Castle that has long been the backdrop of choice for royal occasions. Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, gave permission for use of the venue and will attend the wedding.

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