101 things you NEED to know about the Royal Wed­ding!

Thehe count­down is onon, and Woman’s Day is your oneone-stop shop for ev­ery­thing you need to know about Harry and Meghan’s big day

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1 Meghan’s dad Thomas Markle Sr, 73, will walk his daugh­ter down the aisle of St Ge­orge’s Chapel. 2 Thomas, who’s a reclu­sive for­mer Hol­ly­wood light­ing di­rec­tor, was spot­ted get­ting his fi­nal suit fit­ting last week in Rosar­ito, , Mex­ico. 3 Thomas, along with Meghan’s La-based yoga in­struc­tor and so­cial worker mum Do­ria Ragland, will fly to the UK this week to meet mem­bers of the royal fam­ily. 4 Meghan’s mum will es­cort her to Wind­sor Cas­tle, where Thomas will be wait­ing. 5 The cou­ple­cou­ple’ss cer­e­mony will be­gin aat noon (UK time) on Satur­dasat­ur­day May 19. 6 Royal wed­dings are usu­ally held on week­days, but Harry and Meghan wanted to make it easy for fans around the world to tune in. 7 This means Aussie fans will be glued to theirt TV screens for lead-up cov­er­agec from 7pm (AEST) ono Satur­day May 19. 8 The wed­ding be­gins at 9pm (AEST) for Aussies. 9 Nine, Seven and the ABC will be tele­vis­ing ththe spe­cial day, and there wwill be a num­ber of spe­cial seseg­ments about the co­cou­ple’s love story in the lealead-up to the main event. 10 Meghan chose not to have a maid of hon­our. In­stead, she’ll be sur­rounded by flower girls and page­boys. 11 It’s be­lieved she ag­o­nised over who would be her maid of hon­our, but ul­ti­mately de­cided not to have one be­cause she couldn’t choose be­tween her close-knit group of girl­friends. 12 “All have been ac­tively in­volved in help­ing her pre­pare for the day and will be there with her the day be­fore,” says palace press rep Ja­son Knauf. “She’ll be pleased to have their sup­port on the day.” 13 It’s ex­pected Wil­liam and Kate’s chil­dren Prin­cepri Ge­orge and Princess Char­lotte,ch along with Zara an­dan Mike Tin­dall’s daugh­ter Mia, will be among the lit­tle ones who fol­low Meghan down the aisle. 14 The palace has con­firmed that new­born Prince Louis will not be at­tend­ing. 15 Prince Wil­liam is Harry’s best man, re­pay­ing the favour from Wills’ wed­ding to Kate in 2011. 16 The Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury Justin Welby will of­fi­ci­ate the cer­e­mony. 17 The cou­ple in­vited 1200 mem­bers of the pub­lic to their wed­ding. 18 Harry and Meghan have de­cided to in­vite some “in­spi­ra­tional peo­ple” who have links to their cho­sen char­i­ties. 19 Harry has ded­i­cated much of his time to the In­vic­tus Games, which hon­ours in­jured veterans and it’s ex­pected com­peti­tors will be high on the guest list.

20 The star-stud­ded guest list in­cludes celebri­ties David and Vic­to­ria Beck­ham, ten­nis star Ser­ena Wil­liams, ac­tress Priyanka Cho­pra and Meghan’s best friend, Cana­dian stylist Jess Mul­roney. 21 Meghan’s Suits on­screen love in­ter­est Pa­trick J Adams has kept tight-lipped on whether or not he was in­vited. 22 The in­vi­ta­tions, made by Barnard & West­wood, use Amer­i­can ink on English card and fea­ture the badge of the Prince of Wales. 23 Lot­tie Small, who re­cently com­pleted her print­ing ap­pren­tice­ship, pro­duced the in­vi­ta­tions on a ma­chine from the 1930s that she’d nick­named Maude. 24 Meghan is tipped to wear a stun­ning beaded Ralph & Russo gown worth $180,000, which will be paid for by the royal fam­ily. 25 If she does go with Ralph & Russo, it’ll be the sec­ond time Meghan has worn one of their cre­ations. She first donned the la­bel for her of­fi­cial en­gage­ment pho­to­shoot. 26 Meghan will have two bou­quets made in case she loses one – a tra­di­tion started by the Queen, who lost her bou­quet when she mar­ried Prince Philip. 27 Meghan is tipped to in­clude pe­onies – her favourite bloom – in her bou­quet, along with lilyof-the-val­ley and myr­tle. 28 Lon­don-based florist Phillippa Crad­dock has been charged with cre­at­ing the floral dis­plays. 29 It’s be­lieved white gar­den roses – a favourite of Prince Harry’s late mother Princess Diana – will also fea­ture heav­ily. 30 The gown is the brain­child of Aus­tralian de­sign duo Ta­mara Ralph and Michael Russo. Prince Harry was spot­ted leav­ing their Lon­don of­fice last month.

31 Harry’s ex-girl­friends Cres­sida Bonas and Chelsy Davy have re­port­edly been in­vited to the cer­e­mony. 32 Meghan’s es­tranged half-si­b­lings, Thomas Markle Jr and Sa­man­tha Markle are def­i­nitely not in­vited. 33 “Meghan’s been hav­ing CBT (cog­ni­tive be­hav­iour ther­apy) at a top pri­vate clinic in Lon­don, as well as re­mote ses­sions from in­side the palace over Skype, which has been help­ing greatly with her nerves,” a source tells Woman’s Day. 34 In­sid­ers add Meghan has also been do­ing twice-weekly med­i­ta­tion ses­sions at Kens­ing­ton Palace. It’s be­lieved she’s en­listed the help of her Cal­i­for­nian med­i­ta­tion coach Light Watkins. 35 Her neph­ews Tyler, an Ore­gon cannabis farmer, and Thomas Doo­ley, a Domino’s pizza man­ager in Mam­moth Lakes, Cal­i­for­nia, didn’t make the guest list. 36 The cou­ple’s wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher is New York celebrity snap­per Alexi Lubomirski, who cap­tured their of­fi­cial en­gage­ment pho­tos. He’s also worked with Jen­nifer Anis­ton, Julia Roberts, Cindy Craw­ford and Aussie ac­tress Mar­got Rob­bie. 37 Af­ter the cer­e­mony con­cludes, Harry and Meghan will set off on a short car­riage ride through the town of Wind­sor. 38 If it’s sunny, they’ll travel in the open-topped As­cot Lan­dau car­riage – one of five kept at Buck­ing­ham Palace’s royal mews. 39 If it’s rain­ing, the cou­ple will ride in the en­closed Scot­tish State Coach. 40 Two of the Wind­sor Grey horses draw­ing the cou­ple along their route are fa­ther and son, Storm and Ty­rone. Thou­sands of well­wish­ers are ex­pected to line the road to catch a glimpse of the new­ly­weds. 41 Harry and Meghan won’t share a his­toric bal­cony kiss be­cause Wind­sor Cas­tle doesn’t have a bal­cony. In­stead, fans will be hop­ing to wit­ness a cou­ple of royal smooches dur­ing their ride. 42 Meghan will likely change into a sec­ond dress for the pri­vate re­cep­tion, which will be re­vealed at a quick me­dia pho­to­call be­fore fes­tiv­i­ties get un­der­way. 43 Harry and Meghan late mother want Princess to hon­our Diana, Harry’s with book­ies bet­ting Meghan will wear her Spencer Tiara. It hasn’t been worn in pub­lic since Diana’s death in 1997. 44 Diana’s sis­ter, Harry’s aunt Lady Jane Fel­lowes will do an emo­tional read­ing dur­ing the wed­ding cer­e­mony. 45 Harry and Jane are said to be very close, and col­lab­o­rate on char­ity Only Con­nect, which fo­cuses on de­creas­ing youth crime. 46 Whit­ney Hous­ton’s ’ 80s hit I Wanna Dance With Some­body is hotly an­tic­i­pated to be the cou­ple’s first dance song. 47 Meghan is likely to have a $470 In­ner Fa­cial on the morn­ing of her wed­ding by her go-to skin­care spe­cial­ist Ni­chola Joss. The sig­na­ture treat­ment tones and tight­ens fa­cial mus­cles. 48 Hair­styl­ist to the stars Miguel Perez is re­port­edly styling Meghan’s tresses into a gor­geous “bouncy” ’ do. Miguel was in­tro­duced to Meghan by Amal Clooney. 49 Meghan’s brows will be primped, plucked and preened by Sher­ille Ri­ley, a beau­ti­cian to the stars in posh May­fair. Her $90 brow-shap­ing treat­ment, called The Au­drey af­ter Au­drey Hep­burn – in­volves thread­ing and tint­ing, and is said to “in­stantly lift the face”. 50 Meghan has whipped her body into bridal shape with yoga and re­former

Pi­lates. She also runs in the gar­dens of Kens­ing­ton Palace. 51 It’s be­lieved Meghan’s gown has had to be taken in sev­eral times, as she’s honed her physique through her ve­gan diet and strict ex­er­cise reg­i­men. 52 Wed­ding guests have been pro­vided with a seven-page dossier of dos and don’ts for the big day. Cam­eras are a no-no, and all mo­bile phones will be con­fis­cated be­fore the re­cep­tion. Guests have also been asked to bring gov­ern­ment iden­ti­fi­ca­tion – pass­ports are pre­ferred. 53 All the wed­ding guests will un­der­take a se­cu­rity test near the Wind­sor Farm shop, be­fore be­ing trans­ported by coach to St Ge­orge’s Chapel. 54 The guide­book notes, “There are very limited toi­let Chapel, fa­cil­i­ties but these in St are Ge­orge’s avail­able for guests’ use be­tween 9am and 11am – at which point the fa­cil­ity will be­come re­stricted for the du­ra­tion of the ser­vice.” 55 An of­fi­cial re­cep­tion will be held at Wind­sor Cas­tle fol­low­ing the cer­e­mony, but the most cov­eted in­vite is the pri­vate evening re­cep­tion. 56 Harry’s fa­ther Prince Charles is host­ing the pri­vate soiree at Frog­more House, which is a seven-minute drive from Wind­sor Cas­tle. 57 Only 200 guests have scored in­vites to the pri­vate evening re­cep­tion. 58 Sarah Fer­gu­son – the ex-wife of Prince An­drew – has been left with her nose firmly out of joint. She re­cently dis­cov­ered she was in­vited to the for­mal re­cep­tion, but not the af­ter­party. 59 Sarah wasn’t in­vited to Prince Wil­liam and Kate’s wed­ding in 2011 but is said to be closer with Harry, who “pulled strings” to get her on the guest list. 60 Prince Charles, who’s foot­ing the bill for the party, didn’t in­vite Sarah to the ex­clu­sive evening re­cep­tion at Frog­more House. “She’s not a mem­ber of the royal fam­ily any more and Charles sim­ply doesn’t have time for her,” a source ex­plains. 61 Her daugh­ters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eu­ge­nie, how­ever, will def­i­nitely be at­tend­ing the pri­vate cel­e­bra­tions. 62 Cater­ers were re­port­edly given an “eye-wa­ter­ing” list of de­mands for the re­cep­tion food to cater for Meghan’s ve­gan friends.

63 Re­ports sug­gest a hearty Bri­tish roast chicken will be served at the re­cep­tion, which Harry pre­pared for Meghan when he pro­posed at Not­ting­ham Cot­tage last year. 64 It’s also ex­pected the cou­ple will serve up a seafood starter. 65 Harry has left the bev­er­age se­lec­tion up to Meghan. It’s said her favourite tip­ples – Tig­nanello red wine and Ne­groni cock­tails – have made the list, along with French cham­pagne for the toasts. 66 The cou­ple will slice into a stun­ning el­der­flower and lemon cake, which will be dec­o­rated with but­ter­cream and fresh flow­ers. 67 Pastry chef Claire Ptak has been cho­sen to bake the wed­ding cake. She, like Meghan, was born and raised in Cal­i­for­nia, but now calls Lon­don home. 68 Slices of the wed­ding cake will be handed out to guests in gift boxes at the end of the night. 69 The Queen’s hus­band Prince Philip, who’s usu­ally the life of any party, is un­likely to make it to the cel­e­bra­tions. He’s cur­rently re­cov­er­ing from hip surgery. 70 Meghan en­cour­aged Prince Harry to quit smok­ing be­fore the wed­ding – and sources say he was suc­cess­ful. The for­mer party prince has also no­tice­ably slimmed down, thanks to Meghan’s healthy guid­ance. 71 The cou­ple will ex­change yel­low gold wed­ding bands made from pure Welsh gold from Clo­gau St David’s gold­mine. It’s been a royal tra­di­tion since 1923. 72 Wide­spread ru­mours the Spice Girls would re­unite to per­form at the af­ter­party are in­cor­rect. 73 It’s be­lieved Ed Sheeran will take the stage. 74 Prince Wil­liam is tipped to make a cheeky speech at the re­cep­tion. Meghan will also take the mi­cro­phone with con­fi­dence, thanks to years of act­ing train­ing. 75 Frog­more House is a 17th-cen­tury English coun­try house used by the roy­als for pri­vate re­cep­tions. 76 It was used for the Queen’s grand­son Peter Phillips’ wed­ding to his wife Au­tumn in 2008. 77 Harry and Meghan will spend the night be­fore their wed­ding apart. 78 An in­sider adds, “Meghan and Harry will spend the night be­fore the wed­ding eve to­gether at Frog­more House. Harry’s ar­ranged for one of their favourite chefs from Kens­ing­ton Palace to cook them a low-key meal with all the trim­mings. They’ll en­joy an evening to­gether, ex­change gifts and drink their favourite red wine.” 79 “Meghan’s due to stay at Frog­more House the night be­fore the wed­ding, along with her mum Do­ria and some of her clos­est friends. They’ll get ready there the morn­ing of the wed­ding be­fore mak­ing the short drive to St Ge­orge’s Chapel,” a source tells 80 The royal new­ly­weds will be spend­ing their first night as hus­band and wife at Wind­sor Cas­tle.

81 Kens­ing­ton Palace has con­firmed the cou­ple will not im­me­di­ately set off on their hon­ey­moon. In­stead, they’ll rep­re­sent the monar­chy at their first royal en­gage­ment in the week af­ter their wed­ding. 82 Meghan has spo­ken of want­ing to “hit the ground run­ning” as soon as she be­comes a royal wife. 83 In­sid­ers pre­dict the cou­ple will even­tu­ally hon­ey­moon in Africa – and it’s been re­ported Namibia is their coun­try of choice. 84 It’s ru­moured Harry has se­lected the brand new Hoanib Val­ley Camp, where a lux­ury sa­fari ex­pe­ri­ence will set him back $1000 per night. 85 Once she’s of­fi­cially a royal, Meghan will be­gin work for The Royal Foun­da­tion, which was cre­ated by her hus­band, Prince Wil­liam and Kate. 86 Meghan has spo­ken of want­ing to use her new­found royal sta­tus to shed more light on women’s is­sues through­out the world. 87 Meghan and Harry re­port­edly also de­cided on May 19 as their wed­ding date be­cause it would give their sis­ter-in-law Kate a chance to re­cover from giv­ing birth to Prince Louis. 88 How­ever, it’s caused a headache for her hus­band Prince Wil­liam. As the pres­i­dent of the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, he was meant to be at­tend­ing the FA Cup fi­nal at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium and present the tro­phy to the vic­tors. 89 Bri­tish pub open­ing hours have been ex­tended to 1am on the night of the wed­ding to al­low for ex­tra cel­e­bra­tions. 90 Meghan and Harry have asked for do­na­tions to their cho­sen char­i­ties in­stead of wed­ding gifts. 91 Among the re­cip­i­ents are the Chil­dren’s HIV As­so­ci­a­tion, Uk-based home­less­ness char­ity Cri­sis, the Myna Mahila Foun­da­tion, which sup­ports women in In­dian slums, and Scotty’s Lit­tle Sol­diers, which sup­ports chil­dren who’ve lost a par­ent while serv­ing in the Bri­tish Armed Forces. 92 The cou­ple’s tem­po­rary mar­i­tal home is Harry’s twobed­room Not­ting­ham Cot­tage within Kens­ing­ton Palace’s grounds. 93 Ren­o­va­tions are be­ing hur­riedly com­pleted to al­low for the new­ly­weds to move into Apart­ment 1, within the palace grounds. 94 The 21-room res­i­dence is right next door to Prince Wil­liam and Kate. 95 It even shares ad­join­ing doors, mak­ing play dates with their niece and neph­ews a breeze. 96 Sources say the cou­ple are keen to start a fam­ily “sooner rather than later” and will be in des­per­ate need of the big­ger home. 97 Meghan’s bea­gle Guy will live with the new­ly­weds at the palace. But she was forced to leave her other beloved res­cue dog Bog­art in Toronto as he was too old to make the trip to Lon­don. 98 It’s been re­ported the Queen will gift her grand­son and his new wife a coun­try res­i­dence on their wed­ding day – York Cot­tage on San­dring­ham Es­tate, Nor­folk. 99 Harry is ru­moured to have gifted his bride-to-be a stun­ning pair of Cartier di­a­mond ear­rings as a pre-wed­ding present. 100 It’s ex­pected that Harry and Meghan will be granted the ti­tles of the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex, in keep­ing with the tra­di­tion of the royal fam­ily. 101 When they’re alone Prince Harry and Meghan use the per­sonal nick­names they’ve given each other, which is “Haz” and “Meg” of course!

Dry weather car­riage Wet weather car­riage

The Royal Wed­ding pro­ces­sion route.

Meghan uses yoga to get her royal wed­ding body.

A Whit­ney hit is tipped for the cou­ple’s first dance.

Harry has en­sured his late mum Diana is part of his big day.

Meghan’s favourite tip­ples, Ne­groni and Tig­nanello red wine.

Frog­more House is the evening re­cep­tion venue. Ex­tended party hours

The new­ly­weds are ru­moured to be con­sid­er­ing Hoanib Val­ley Camp in Namibia, Africa, for their hon­ey­moon.

Ed Sheeran is tipped to per­form at the re­cep­tion.

The Queen’s wed­ding gift Harry and Meghan may in­herit York Cot­tage.

Meghan’s beloved bea­gle Guy.

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