Royal wedding Watch 2018 TV Free: Muncie women travel to Windsor for the Saturday celebration
Royal wedding Watch 2018 TV Free Info: All the specials to see before the big day. Nov 28, 2017. 3:00 a.m. From L.A. girl to British royalty: Meghan Markle is now The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is due to take place on 19 May 2018 at Windsor Castle in England. The groom, Prince Harry, is a member of the British royal family; the bride, Meghan Markle, is an American actress.
WINDSOR, England — The royal wedding of 2018 has been discussed all over the United Kingdom, but the buzz reached locally for a pair of Muncie women. So much so, they traveled overseas to be a part of it.
Liz Whittern and Janie Gasser arrived Monday, staying for a night in Windsor where the royal wedding will be held. The two friends then spent a couple of days in Kensington. On Friday, they plan to go back to Windsor, where they hope to watch the wedding parade Saturday.
“We’re having a wonderful time across the pond,” Whittern said.
A love for travel, London and the royal family motivated Whittern and Gasser to make the trip. Whittern said they both watched Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981, and sadly, her funeral in 1997. They have since kept up with other members of the royal family, including Prince William and Duchess Kate who wed in 2011 and have since had three children: George, Charlotte and Louis.
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The 2018 royal wedding will see the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, an American actress. About 100,000 people, and thousands of journalists, are expected to fill Windsor on Saturday for the wedding projected to be viewed on live television by millions. The happy couple’s faces have been plastered on various souvenirs. A life-size replica of the couple was made out of cake. (Yes, cake!) Burger King even launched a themed sandwich, and Kentucky Fried Chicken created a special royal wedding bucket.
Janie Gasser (left) and Liz Whittern pose for a picture
Janie Gasser (left) and Liz Whittern pose for a picture in front of St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, England. (Photo: Provided by Liz Whittern)
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Whittern and Gasser took part in the fun. Each bought a bag with pictures of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on them.
So what else is on the agenda? Whittern said they have been to Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace, Notting Hill and Abbey Road. They plan to see Buckingham Palace, Churchill War Rooms and take a cruise along the Thames River.
The two friends surely have had the royal treatment. They are set to fly home Tuesday.
Prince Henry of Wales, known as Prince Harry, is the second son of Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales. He and Meghan Markle, an American actress best known for her role in the American legal-drama television series Suits, have been in a relationship since June 2016. The relationship was first acknowledged on 8 November 2016, when an official statement was released from the royal family’s communications secretary addressing the “wave of abuse and harassment” directed toward Markle.
On 27 November 2017, Clarence House announced that Prince Harry would marry Meghan Markle in the spring of 2018. They were engaged earlier the same month in London, with the Prince giving Markle a bespoke engagement ring made by Cleave and Company, consisting of a large central diamond from Botswana, with two smaller diamonds from his mother’s jewellery collection. At the same time, it was announced that they would live at Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace following their marriage.
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London (CNN)Meghan Markle will walk down the aisle and marry her prince on May 19.
As the wedding is a private event — rather than a state occasion — paid for by the British royal family, only a few details have been revealed so far. Here’s what we know and what’s still under wraps.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will wed on Saturday, May 19, in St. George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of central London.
Royal officials say Windsor Castle is a "special place" for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Royal officials say Windsor Castle is a “special place” for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Windsor is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and an official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, who spends most of her weekends there.
The chapel has a capacity of around 800.
London florist Philippa Craddock has been tasked with decorating the chapel. Her team plans to use white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves, as well as branches of beech, birch and hornbeam for the floral displays, which will be distributed to local charities after the wedding.
Many of the plants will be sourced from the gardens and parkland of the royally owned Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park, according to Kensington Palace.
The couple will exchange vows at noon (7 a.m. EDT) in a ceremony expected to last an hour.
The first guests to arrive for the celebrations will be the 1,200 ordinary members of the public who will share in the festivities from the grounds of Windsor Castle. They are expected to arrive from 9 a.m. (4 a.m. ET).
The main wedding guests are due between 9.30 a.m. and 11 a.m. (4.30 a.m. to 6 a.m. ET) and will be driven to the Round Tower by coach before walking to the South Door of St. George’s Chapel.
Lastly, the royal family will head for the chapel via the Galilee Porch at 11.20 a.m. (6.20 a.m. ET). Some are expected to arrive by foot, while others will travel by car.
Kensington Palace say that Harry and William will go to the chapel together on foot and will enter the West Steps, where they will greet 200 charity representatives.
Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, will spend the night before the wedding with her at a hotel and accompany her to Windsor on the day. Her father, Thomas Markle Sr., was expected to walk her up the aisle but his attendance has been cast into doubt by a controversy over his alleged participation in staged photos and concerns over his health.
While the congregation is gathering, Meghan and her mother will depart their hotel and travel to the castle via the Long Walk, where members of the public will be able to get their first glimpse of the bride. The car will stop at the castle to let Meghan’s mother out and pick up some of the bridal party before continuing to the church. There will be six young bridesmaids and four page boys in total, with Prince Harry’s nephew Prince George and niece Princess Charlotte among them.
Meghan has opted not to have a maid of honor, according to Kensington Palace. “She has a very close-knit group of friends and did not want to choose one over the other,” said Jason Knauf, Prince Harry’s communications secretary.