YOUR ROYAL WED­DING BRIEF­ING

Will Harry get the Hol­ly­wood treat­ment? Will the Oba­mas be guests of hon­our? And what will Meghan wear? Here’s what we know and what we sus­pect about the wed­ding of the year, which takes place on May 20

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The Dress

Given she’s mar­ry­ing a Bri­tish prince (and set to be­come a Bri­tish cit­i­zen her­self), odds are that Meghan will opt for one of Lon­don’s many top de­sign­ers. Sarah Bur­ton from Alexan­der McQueen made Kate Mid­dle­ton’s gown, but ru­mour has it that Meghan, who has said she wants her dress to be “clas­sic and sim­ple,” is more likely to choose Vic­to­ria Beck­ham, Ralph & Russo or Stella Mc­Cart­ney.

The Tiara

Is a royal wed­ding re­ally royal if the bride doesn’t wear a cen­turies-old tiara? Queen El­iz­a­beth II chose the stately Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara (which fa­mously broke on the morn­ing of her wed­ding); Princess Diana wore an heir­loom of her fam­ily, the Spencer Tiara; Princess Mar­garet wore the dra­matic Polti­more Tiara; and Kate wore the sim­pler Cartier Scroll Tiara. Meghan will most likely wear the glit­ter­ing Strath­more Rose Tiara, a gift from the 14th Earl of Strath­more to the royal fam­ily.

The Bridal Shower

Like a good princess-in­wait­ing, Meghan has de­cided to es­chew a tequila-fu­elled night out with the girls for a more se­date spa week­end away (or at least un­til the cam­eras are out of sight). Given that ev­ery­thing else is tak­ing place on Bri­tish soil, we hope she opts for one of Amer­ica’s fa­mously en­tic­ing spas, like Aman­giri in Utah, one of her favourite ho­tels. How­ever, it looks like she’ll choose the bucolic Soho Farm­house in Ox­ford­shire.

The Guest List

Now this should be in­ter­est­ing. Royal pro­to­col dic­tates that the US pres­i­dent should be in­vited, but Meghan has been rather vo­cal about her dis­like of Don­ald Trump—#awk­ward. Harry seems to be the best of friends with Barack and Michelle Obama, but would their pres­ence bother the no­to­ri­ously thin­skinned sit­ting pres­i­dent? Mean­while, the Spice Girls are con­firmed to play and other guests in­clude Ser­ena Williams, El­ton John and the cast of Suits.

The Venue

Swap­ping the pomp and cer­e­mony of West­min­ster Abbey (as the heir, Wills had to marry Kate there), Harry has cho­sen the more in­ti­mate but equally beau­ti­ful St Ge­orge’s Chapel at Wind­sor Cas­tle, where he was chris­tened back in 1984 and where his fa­ther mar­ried Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005. Af­ter the cer­e­mony, the new­ly­weds will par­tic­i­pate in a car­riage pro­ces­sion through Wind­sor.

The Cater­ing

Ru­mour has it that the happy cou­ple will be serv­ing Scot­tish smoked salmon and Nor­folk beef at the wed­ding in a nod to two royal palaces. And Kens­ing­ton Palace has an­nounced that pas­try chef Claire Ptak—owner of Vi­o­let Cakes in Lon­don— will cre­ate the wed­ding cake, a lemon el­der­flower cre­ation with but­ter­cream frost­ing and fresh flow­ers that will “in­cor­po­rate the bright flavours of spring.”

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