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
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.
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.
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.
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.”