March 2 (UPI) -- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have extended a wedding invitation to 2,600 members of the public who will be able to attend the May 19 event inside the grounds of Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace announced Friday.
The guests will be able to view the arrivals of Harry and Markle and their wedding guests at St. George's Chapel along with the carriage procession as it departs from the castle.
"Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have said they want their wedding day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too. This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters and values of the bride and groom," Kensington Palace said in a statement.
The 2,600 members of the public will consist of 1,200 nominated by nine regional Lord Lieutenant offices from throughout the U.K. from a wide range of ages and backgrounds including young people who have served their communities, 200 from charities and organizations Harry and Markle have worked with, 100 pupils from The Royal School and St. George's School, 610 Windsor Castle community members and 530 members of The Royal Households and Crown Estate.
Prince Harry and Markle got engaged in November after more than a year of dating. The wedding will begin at 12 p.m. GMT/7 a.m. EST, May 19.
The couple has asked that 1,200 people, from all corners of the UK be selected by Lord Lieutenants, include young people who have shown strong leadership and those who have served their communities. pic.twitter.com/aIraJiXg6B— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 2, 2018