WHAT YOU WILL SEE AT PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN’S ST. GEORGE CHAPEL SERVICE

By: Simone Graham – Editor HDG: From Telegraph: The service will take place at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, which last hosted a royal wedding in May 2008 when Peter Phillips, son of The Princess Royal, married Autumn Kelly. Prince Edward also wed Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, there in June 1999; plus, Prince Harry was christened there in 1984 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie.Members of the public who have been invited to watch from the grounds of Windsor Castle will begin to arrive from 9 a.m.

Guests will arrive between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. by coach. Two driving routes have been suggested, with guests required to meet at the Windsor Farm Shop, founded in 2001 after the Duke of Edinburgh had an idea to support local businesses by selling produce.

There, three miles away from the venue, guests will be put through security checks and asked to show identification; they will then be ushered onto buses to travel to Windsor Castle, arrive at the castle’s Round Tower, and enter the chapel through the south door.

Instructions reportedly sent to the guests ban cameras and bulky bags, adding that guests will be asked to “surrender mobile telephones and any devices used for image capture”.

The rules further specify that guests should not wear medals, in a list of suggestions about accessories that includes: “No swords.”

At 11:20 a.m., members of the Royal Family will arrive and enter the chapel through the Galilee Porch. Some will arrive in state car from the Royal Mews, including Bentleys, Rolls-Royces and Daimlers.

Prince Harry and his brother and best man the Duke of Cambridge are expected to arrive at the chapel’s west steps at 11:45 a.m.

The Quire in St George’s Chapel, at Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have their wedding service, is seen in Windsor, Britain February 9, 2018. Picture taken February 9, 2018. REUTERS/Dominic Lipinski/Pool

It is assumed they will enter the grounds on foot, giving Prince Harry the opportunity to walk past the crowds in the grounds. He will pass 200 representatives from charities he is associated with, who are expected to gather in the horseshoe cloister at the bottom of the steps.

The Queen will be the final member of the Royal Family to arrive for the service and is expected at 11.55am.

The service will begin at 12 p.m., with Ms. Markle due to arrive at the chapel’s west steps at 11:59 a.m.

She has chosen her mother, Doria, to travel with her to the wedding, traveling from their overnight accommodation to St. George’s Chapel by car. When the car stops at the castle, her mother will exchange places with the bridesmaids and pageboys. Ms. Ragland will enter the chapel by the Galilee Porch.

The decision breaks with UK tradition, which usually sees the bride travel with her father before he gives her away in the wedding ceremony. Instead, Ms. Markle wanted to include both parents in her wedding day.

The traditional ceremony will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, The Rt Revd. David Conner while the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will officiate as the couple make their marriage vows.

The regiments Prince Harry served with in Afghanistan will also have a “special place” during the ceremony. Household Cavalry troopers will line the staircase at St George’s Chapel, while streets within the precincts of the castle will be lined by members of the Windsor Castle Guard from 1st Battalion Irish Guards, and by Armed Forces personnel from the Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving, which has the Prince as Commodore-in-Chief, and the Royal Marines, where he is Captain General.

The 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, where Prince Harry served as an Apache Pilot in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, will also be represented, as well as The Royal Gurkha Rifles, his comrades in Afghanistan in 2007, and RAF Honington, where he is Honorary Air Commandant.

The Procession Around Windsor:

The service will end at 1 p.m. and the newlyweds will leave the chapel at the west steps, before leaving the castle by carriage.

Prince Harry and Ms. Markle will be driven for two miles along Castle Hill, the High Street and into Windsor town center before returning along the beautiful, tree-lined Long Walk for their reception.

Kensington Palace has said: “Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are very much looking forward to this short journey which they hope will be a memorable moment for everyone who has gathered together in Windsor to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day.”

The procession is expected to take 25 minutes, 10 minutes longer than a similar procession taken by Edward and Sophie in 1999.

The best photo opportunity will be the West Steps of St George’s Chapel, when the bride and groom and their families emerge after the service. If you are lucky enough to be in Windsor on the day, head for the grass of the Horseshoe Cloisters opposite those steps for the view.

The receptions at St George’s Hall and Frogmore House:

They will be waved off by members of both families and the congregation will leave the chapel to see the newlyweds leave, before going to St George’s Hall for the lunchtime reception hosted by the Queen.

While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are touring Windsor, guests from the congregation will wait for the happy couple in St George’s Hall to celebrate the first of the day’s two receptions. This will be hosted by the Queen, will take place during the afternoon and will be attended by all guests who were invited to the service.

Invitations have been posted to 600 lucky guests; royal sources have said the guest list has been restricted to those who have a direct relationship with the couple, both because St George’s Chapel is relatively small and because the prince is not in the direct line of succession.

Some members of the public have received an invitation to wait in the grounds outside the chapel to watch the bride and groom and their wedding guests arrive and leave.

At 7 p.m., a select 200 close friends will attend an after party hosted by the Prince of Wales at Frogmore House, Windsor. Half a mile away from Windsor Castle, the 17th century Grade I country house is owned by the Crown Estate and is part of the Frogmore Estate on the ground of the Home Park.

Prince Harry and Ms. Markle’s engagement photos were taken in the grounds of Frogmore House. The images were taken by photographer Alexi Lubomirski, who has also been chosen to take the photographs on the wedding day.

Lubomirski, the British-born son of Peruvian-English mother and a Polish-French father, also happens to be a Prince himself: his full title is His Serene Highness Prince Alexi Lubomirski.

It is expected that members of the Royal family, Ms. Markle’s family and intimate friends of both the newlyweds will be at the evening reception – although Princess Charlotte and Prince George will no doubt have been put to bed after their big day in the limelight.

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