Royal wedding 2018: Prince Harry to wed Meghan Markle

Royal wedding 2018: Prince Harry to wed Meghan Markle
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Prince Harry to wed Meghan Markle

Royal wedding excitement is nearing fever pitch, as millions of people around the world prepare to watch Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle. Crowds are arriving in Windsor, while hundreds more camped out overnight to secure the best viewing spot.

Prince Harry has been made the Duke of Sussex by his grandmother the Queen, Buckingham Palace announced.

The couple will wed at noon at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, before travelling through the town. In her vows, Ms Markle will not promise to “obey” her husband and Prince Harry has chosen to have a wedding ring. Ahead of the marriage, Prince Harry was given the title Duke of Sussex, meaning Ms Markle will become a duchess once the couple marry.

The previous Duke of Sussex was Prince Augustus Frederick, the sixth son and ninth child of George III.

Prince Harry, who is sixth in line to the throne, also received the titles Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.

Six hundred guests will watch the wedding, officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in St George’s chapel. About 1,200 members of the public – many who are recognised for their charity work – have been invited into the grounds of Windsor Castle for the wedding.

Prince Harry is expected to arrive with his brother and best man Prince William at the west door of the chapel at 11:40. The Queen will be the last member of the Royal Family to arrive at 11:52, before Ms Markle arrives with her mother Doria Ragland.

All 600 guests will then attend a lunchtime reception at St George’s Hall, which is being given by the Queen.

During this reception, Ms Markle will reportedly break with tradition for royal brides and make a speech. Later in the evening, the newlyweds will celebrate with 200 close friends and family at a private reception less than a mile from Windsor Castle at Frogmore House, hosted by Prince Charles.

The Royal Family will pay for the wedding, including the service, music, flowers and reception.