Royal fans anticipate wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle(10 images)
Royal fans soak up the atmosphere for the wedding of Prince Harry and his American bride Meghan Markle in Windsor, London, on Friday. The wedding takes place tomorrow afternoon and approximately 500,000 people will descend on Windsor to try and see the happy couple. Photos by Hugo Philpott/UPI
Markle, who was married to producer Trevor Engelson from 2011 to 2013, was first linked to Harry in October 2016 after meeting some months before through a mutual friend. Markle and Harry kept a low profile before making their first official appearance as a couple at the 2017 Invictus Games in September.
Harry and Markle's wedding ceremony will begin at noon GMT, or 7 a.m. EST. David Conner, the dean of Windsor, will conduct the service, with Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, to officiate. Harry and Markle will take a carriage ride through Windsor after the ceremony. The procession, which begins at 8 a.m. ET, will take the couple through Windsor Town before returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk.
Kensington Palace said Harry and Markle have invited 2,600 members of the public to participate in the ceremony. These guests will be able to view the couple's arrival at St. George's Chapel and the subsequent carriage procession.
Harry and Markle have asked well-wishers to donate to charity instead of sending wedding gifts. Harry and Markle suggested seven organizations representing issues such as women's empowerment, conservation and sport for social change. The charities are Children's HIV Association (CHIVA), Crisis, Myna Mahila Foundation, Scott's Little Soldiers, Street Games, Surfers Against Sewage and the Wilderness Foundation.