The Royal Wedding 2018: All you need to know … then some

The Royal Wedding: All you need to know … then some Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for one of two official engagement photos, at Frogmore House, in Windsor, England. Photo: Alexi Lubomirski via AP
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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after announcing their engagement. Photo: Eddie Mulholland/Pool via AP

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Service of Thanksgiving and Commemoration on ANZAC Day. Photo: Eddie Mulholland/Pool via AP

Prince Harry and his then fiancee Meghan Markle arrive to attend the traditional Christmas Day service. Photo: AP Photo/Alastair Grant

Meghan Markle attends a reception with Britain’s Prince Harry for the Commonwealth Youth Forum. Photo: Yui Mok/Pool via AP

Prince Harry and his fiance Meghan Markle in Birmingham on International Women’s Day. Photo: AP Photo/Matt Dunham

Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle at Kensington Palace. Photo: AP Photo/Matt Dunham

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle watch a performance by a Welsh choir Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, Wales. Photo: Ben Birchall/Pool Photo via AP

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave after attending a service commemorating Anzac Day at Westminster Abbey. Photo: AP Photo/Frank Augstein

Prince William, left, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Service of Thanksgiving and Commemoration on ANZAC Day at Westminster Abbey. Photo: Eddie Mulholland/Pool via AP

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to attend a Service of Thanksgiving and Commemoration on ANZAC Day at Westminster Abbey. Photo: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

Meghan Markle. Photo: AP Photo/Frank Augstein

Prince William, Prince Harry, right, and Meghan Markle arrive to attend services commemorating Anzac Day at Westminster Abbey. Photo: AP Photo/Frank Augstein

Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle, background attend an Anzac Day dawn service, at Hyde Park Corner in London. Photo: Tolga Akmen/Pool Photo via AP

Meghan Markle attends an Anzac Day dawn service with Britain’s Prince Harry, at Hyde Park Corner in Londo. Photo: Tolga Akmen/Pool Photo via AP

Prince Harry, right, and his fiancee Meghan Markle at the memorial service commemorating the 25th anniversary of the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence. Photo: AP Photo/Matt Dunham

Prince Harry, right, and his fiancee Meghan Markle at the memorial service commemorating the 25th anniversary of the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence. Photo: AP Photo/Matt Dunham

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are greeted by n Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, his wife Lucy and outgoing n High Commissioner Alexander Downer. Photo: AAP

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of and his wife Lucy Turnbull at House in London. Photo: AP Photo/Alastair Grant

Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle attend the UK team trials for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 at the University of Bath. Photo:AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle attend the UK team trials for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 at the University of Bath. Photo:AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take part in an event as part of International Women’s Day in Birmingham. Photo: Ian Vogler/Pool via AP

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take part in an event as part of International Women’s Day in Birmingham. Photo: Hannah McKay/Pool via AP

Britain’s Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle pose for photographs in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle watch a performance by a Welsh choir Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, Wales. Photo: Ben Birchall/Pool Photo via AP

Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle speak with teachers at the Nottingham Academy in Nottingham. Photo: Andy Stenning/Pool Photo via AP

Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle speak with teachers at the Nottingham Academy in Nottingham. Photo: AP Photo/Frank Augstein

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the Nottingham Contemporary to attend a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair, in Nottingham. Photo: Adrian Dennis/Pool Photo via AP

A view of the engagement ring. Photo: Adrian Dennis/Pool Photo via AP

TweetFacebookWill Meghan’s dress be daring or demure?A ball gown fit for a princess? Or a sleek, sexy Hollywood silhouette? Sleeves or off-the-shoulder?

In the countdown to May 19 when Meghan Markle weds Prince Harry at Windsor Castle, speculation continues to grow about the former actor’s wedding dress.Even n designers are having a guess at the dress which will shape global bridal fashions.

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n designers Sam Oglialoro and Megan Ziems show how they’d dress bride-to-be Meghan Markle.

From Hollywood to Royal FamilyShe’s gone from being an actress to joining the Royal family. That’s just life as it is for Meghan Markle.How much do you know about Prince Harry’s wife-to-be?

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Already known for supporting a variety of causes, Meghan Markle is used to championing charities.

Meghan moves from starlet to royal styleMini skirts, crop tops and fitted dresses have given way to tailored suits and elegant separates as Meghan Markle prepares to become a duchess.Since her engagement to Prince Harry in November, the American actresses’ wardrobe has undergone the royal treatment, with hemlines lengthened and conservative looks favoured.

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Meghan Markle’s style is moving from Hollywood to royalty as she embarks on her new career.

Meghan might wear Aussie design down aisleAs the world waits to see Meghan Markle’s wedding dress, an n design duo could be busy at work on the gown which will shape bridal trends for years to come.n-born, London-based designers Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo of Ralph & Russo are rumoured to be creating Meghan’s wedding dress for her May 19 nuptials to Prince Harry.

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n couturiers Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo may win royal wedding favour.

Harry likely to don uniform on wedding dayHe’s courted controversy with his outfits in the past but Prince Harry seems most likely to toe the family line and don a military uniform for his wedding to Meghan Markle.The 33-year-old playboy-turned-committed prince resigned from the British Army in 2015 but will likely follow in the sartorial footsteps of his brother, father and grandfather and sport regimentals for his May 19 nuptials.

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Prince Harry is likely to follow royal tradition and wear a military uniform for his wedding.

A guide to Meghan Markle’s familyMeghan Markle’s family have been under intense media scrutiny since she announced her engagement to Prince Harry in November 2017. Her relatives are in many ways unlikely in-laws for Britain’s royal family: Markle’s parents are divorced, her half-siblings opinionated, and her father once declared bankruptcy.

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Meghan Markle with her mother Doria Radlan at the Invictus Games in Toronto last year.

Peonies and white roses for royal weddingSt George’s Chapel will be decked out with white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves for the royal wedding.Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have chosen floral designer Philippa Craddock to create the in-season displays for their big day.

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St George’s Chapel will be filled with white garden roses and peonies for the royal wedding.

London baker gets started on royal cakePreparations appear to be underway on the buttercream covered organic lemon elderflower wedding cake being prepared by a east London baker for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Pastry chef Claire Ptak posted the words “and so it begins” on her Instagram account on Tuesday alongside a photograph of six crates of lemons.

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Claire Ptak has begun preparing an organic lemon elderflower cake for the royal wedding.

Meghan expected to don Welsh gold ringWhile everyone expects Prince Harry to slip a Welsh gold wedding ring on the finger of Meghan Markle during their nuptials, he is unlikely to wear one himself. Royal wedding rings worn by brides are traditionally made from Welsh gold but very few men in the monarchy have chosen to don a wedding band.

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Prince Charles is one of the few royal men to wear a wedding band.

Tradition for royal wedding bouquetTradition dictates that a royal bride’s bouquet contains a sprig of myrtle. The custom dates back to Queen Victoria’s time when the monarch’s daughter, Princess Victoria, carried it among her bridal flowers in 1858.

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As in previous royal weddings, it is custom to have a sprig of myrtle in the bride’s bouquet.

Royal retreat of Windsor ready for weddingFew towns are as stereotypically English as Windsor, the bucolic riverside locale where Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle will get married on May 19. And few towns are as pleasing when a warm spring sun bakes off the morning mist. Even the plump white swans on the Thames seem relieved that the long, hard winter is over.

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Fevered preparations are underway at Windsor ahead of Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on Saturday.

Charles and Di style wedding not for HarryA fairytale frock and a clutch of royals is probably all Prince Harry’s wedding will have in common with the monumental nuptials of his parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.The “wedding of the century” in 1981 drew a global TV audience of 750 million, with two million people turning out on the streets of London to cheer the future king and his young bride.

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Harry’s wedding will be less formal and lavish than Prince Charles and Diana’s ceremony.

Politics at heart of royal marriages pastPrince Harry may be marrying an American Hollywood princess but unlike his ancestors theirs is a love match rather than a political one. For centuries members of England’s royal family were strategically married off to European royals with the aim of cementing allegiances, mainly to help avoid war but also to reap economic benefits.

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Harry and Meghan are marrying for love, but in the past politics has been the defining factor.

Meghan’s first wedding a relaxed affairStaged on a Jamaican beach, with guests dancing the night away barefoot, Meghan Markle’s first wedding could not have been more different from her impending royal nuptials.After dating for more than five years, Ms Markle and American producer Trevor Engelson tied the knot in front of dozens of guests in 2011 at the tourist hotspot of Ocho Rios on the island’s north coast.The venue is a far cry from Windsor Castle’s medieval St George’s Chapel.

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The royal nuptials will be a complete contrast to Meghan Markle’s first wedding, held in Jamaica.

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