When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married in May, there will undoubtedly be parallels with the wedding weddings of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011. Although both will be royal weddings seen by millions, there are quite a few differences between the great days of the brothers.
As the future king, William had to comply with a certain protocol for his wedding day, while Harry and Meghan are able to do things a little differently (banana cake, anyone?). And just a week after announcing their commitment, the couple is already proving that their nuptials will be all their own.
Here are five great ways in which Harry and Meghan's wedding will differ from the wedding of Will and Kate.
1. It will take place in a much smaller church and will probably be more discreet.
While the wedding of William and Kate was a great event held in one of the most well-known churches in the United Kingdom, Westminster Abbey, Meghan and Harry's wedding will be decidedly more discreet. They are marrying in the Chapel of St. George at Windsor Castle, and while it is a beautiful place full of real history, it is more discreet than Westminster Abbey. St. George's has capacity for 800 people, while Westminster can hold 2,000.
Since Harry will probably never be the monarch (he is currently the fifth in line), there is less responsibility on his shoulders for having a traditional ceremony with all the pomp and circumstance of his brother's wedding. And although it will undoubtedly be more grand than a normal wedding, it will not be on the same level as William and Kate. And we probably will not get another wedding on that scale until Prince George marries (in many, many years!).
2. There will not be a kiss on the balcony.
I hate to tell you, but it's true: as the ceremony will take place on the grounds of Windsor Castle, the couple will not make the trip back to Buckingham Palace. 45 minutes and 22 miles – for a kiss on the balcony, as did William and Kate. Here we hope to get one in the steps of the chapel!
3. Nor will there be a procession through London.
If you do not return to London for a kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, then you probably will not return for a traditional horse-drawn procession drawn across London. However, Meghan and Harry have said that they want the audience to feel they are part of their big day, so they are likely to find some sort of substitute for the traditional royal ride through London.
4. It will not be a bank holiday.
The day their engagement was announced, the British Prime Minister, Teresa May, also announced that there would be no bank holiday for the wedding, which means that citizens will not have a day off from work and Banks will not be closed for the day.
May said she looked past the actual precedent to determine the decision: when Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson in 1986, there was no bank holiday. However, when Princess Anne married her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips, in 1973, there was a bank holiday, but perhaps that was due to the excitement of the first royal wedding of her generation.
What does this mean for the locals? The British will not have a free day of work automatically in the streets of Windsor to have a look at Harry and Meghan on their wedding day. But we do not believe that that will stop the crowds from meeting!
5. There will be fewer dignitaries, but more famous!
Because Meghan and Harry's wedding will not be a bank holiday and nor is it a full state occasion, there will be less obligation to invite dignitaries and members worldwide. of Royal foreign royal families such as Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Victoria of Sweden were invited to the wedding of William and Kate. And politicians from all over the Commonwealth and the whole world attended as well.
Although there will surely be several royalty and political guests invited to the wedding of Harry and Meghan, since he is not the future monarch, there is less pressure for an expansive list. (And since they'll get married in St. George's, there's also less space!)
However, given the background of Meghan's Hollywood, it's likely that there are quite a few more American celebrities on the list. guests than William and Kate. Wedding. Meghan is a friend of stars like Priyanka Chopra, Serena Williams and her co-star Suits Patrick J. Adams, all of whom could be present at their wedding in May.
And two Americans who will almost certainly play an invitation? Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, who have developed a close relationship with Harry over the years. There are many chances that you want to support your friend, and your American compatriot!