Here is the first look at the chapel where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will say their vows. It includes a floral tribute to Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana.
St. George’s Chapel, where Prince Harry and his bride-to-be Meghan Markle will say their vows and tie the knot, has been loving designed with floral displays ahead of the big ceremony.
The behind the scenes pictures inside the historic chapel shows foliage, white peonies, white garden roses and other white blooms complimenting the front of the organ loft and overlooking the seats. It’s believed the choice of flowers was a personal favourite of Princess Diana and is a tribute to her from Harry.
Prince Harry was keen to make sure members of his mother’s family would be involved with their big day too.
A statement from Kensington Palace confirmed:
In addition to having the support of The Queen, his father The Prince of Wales, and his brother Prince William as best man, Prince Harry is also keen to involve his mother’s family in his wedding. All three siblings of Diana, Princess of Wales will be in attendance and Lady Jane Fellowes will give the reading.
Prince Harry and Ms. Markle both feel honoured that Lady Jane will be representing her family and helping to celebrate the memory of the late Princess on the wedding day.
Additionally, an arch in the centre will serve as a frame for the royal couple as a congregation consisting of Harry and Meghan’s family, friends and well-wishers will watch them take their vows.
According to The Mirror, the elegant floral tribute was carefully crafted by designer Philippa Craddock. She has also added two large floral arrangements which will sit on both sides of the High Altar at St. George’s.
The design will also include foxgloves with branches of beech, birch and hornbeam which will extend to the outside of the chapel, lining up with the West Steps and surrounding the West Door which Meghan Markle will enter through at the beginning of the ceremony.
Prince Charles, Harry’s father, will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel after her father Thomas Markle was forced to pull out at the last minute due to heart surgery this week. This morning, Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, accompanied her daughter to Windsor Castle with select members of the wedding party.
She released a statement following her father’s decision to pull out in which she professed she has ‘always cared’ for him and hopes he can be given the time and space he needs to focus on his health.
The ceremony will be officiated by the Dean of Windsor, David Conner, while the Arch Bishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will perform the newlywed’s vows.
After the ceremony, the couple will be taking part in a carriage procession starting from St. George’s Chapel, through Windsor town before returning to Windsor Castle via the Long Walk. Alexi Lubomirski, who will be the official wedding photographer on the day will be taking pictures outside of Windsor Castle.
A statement from Kensington Palace, prior to the wedding, says:
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. Following the service, there will be a reception at St George’s Hall for the couple and the guests from the congregation. Later that evening, the Prince of Wales will give a private evening reception for the couple and their close friends and family.
The royal wedding is expected to be watched on live TV by millions of people in the UK and across the world.
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