Royal wedding 2018: Millions set to watch Prince Harry wed Meghan Merkle

09:59 • 19.05.18



Millions of people around the world are set to watch the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor.


Hundreds more have spent a night on the streets of Windsor to secure the best viewing spot.


The couple will wed at noon at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, before travelling through the town in a carriage at about 13:00 BST, BBC News reports.


In her vows, Ms Markle will not promise to "obey" her husband and Prince Harry has chosen to have a wedding ring.


Prince Charles will walk Ms Markle down the aisle, after her father, Thomas, was unable to attend for health reasons.


On the eve of their wedding, Prince Harry told crowds in Windsor he was feeling "relaxed" and Ms Markle said she was feeling "wonderful".


Every royal wedding is different. But every royal wedding is an opportunity, in some way, to relaunch the Royal Family.


Big weddings like this come along pretty rarely and they are now the object of global fascination.


So it represents a great opportunity to say: "This is who the Royal Family are these days."


But this is a very different royal wedding.


It's different because of the style of the arrangements for the day itself.


From small things, like the cake (not a traditional big heavy fruitcake covered with bullet-proof icing), to bigger things, like a gospel choir performing at the service.


To more remarkable decisions, like the invitation to 1,200 members of the public to enjoy the occasion in the grounds of Windsor Castle.


After the death in 1997 of Prince Harry's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, she was described by the-then prime minister Tony Blair as "the people's princess".


This may not be "the people's wedding", but it is about as close to it as any royal wedding has got.


 





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