In case the arrival of the new royal baby wasn't exciting enough, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will add to the good news coming out of the royal family when they get married this Saturday at Windsor Castle. The couple first met in May 2016, and Prince Harry says he immediately knew that she was "the one."
Unbearable cuteness aside, here's everything we know so far about the much-anticipated wedding only a few days away.
The big day takes place on Saturday, May 19, 2018.
Guests will start arriving at around 9:30 U.K. time (4:30 ET) and the wedding will begin at noon (7 a.m. ET). After the hour-long ceremony, the couple will embark on a short carriage procession around Windsor to celebrate with members of the public — and provide a gorgeous photo-op.
They will ride in an open-air pulled by four Windsor Grey horses: Milford Haven, Sir Basil, Tyrone, and Storm. An Escort of the Household Cavalry Regiment () will join them, but the rest of the wedding party will head straight to the first reception at St George's Hall.
This venue will host all of the invited guests but the couple will then adjourn to a second, more intimate affair for their closest friends and family at Frogmore House.
Windsor Castle will host the event.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the Dean of Windsor David Conner will oversee the nuptials in St. George's Chapel, which is located within the royal residence. It's smaller than Westminster Abbey — where Prince William and Kate Middleton married — and St. Paul's Cathedral —where their parents wed — but prestigious enough for a high-profile royal wedding. Case in point: Prince Edward, the younger brother of Prince Charles, tied the knot with Sophie Rhys-Jones there in 1999.
While the spot is justtt right for this type of affair, the Queen did technically have to give the couple permission to use it. Luckily, Harry's grandmother gave it the a-okay.
It's going to be televised.
You won't need an invitation to watch the two say "I do." Most major networks will feature the festivities on TV as well as their digital platforms. Coverage on CBS begins at 4 a.m. ET, and NBC's Today Show will kick off at 4:30 a.m. You can also without a cable subscription.
The royal family will pay for the wedding.
Just like Prince William's wedding, it's the groom's family who will foot the majority of the bill. Prince Charles makes an annually, so won't be much of a stretch.
Luxury wedding planner Aimee Dunne believes even conservative estimates for the royal wedding budget start well into six figures. "I can't imagine Harry and Meghan would be able to achieve the wedding they would be looking at on anything less than £500,000 ($670,000)," she told .
Wedding website came up with a much larger number for their best guess: $2.7 million. That doesn't even include security. Out of Prince William and Kate Middleton's $34 million wedding budget, $32 million of that went towards keeping them and spectators safe.
They'll each receive new titles.
The monarch traditionally bestows new titles on royal men when they marry, and Prince Harry is no exception. Experts strongly expect Prince Harry will become the Duke of Sussex, making his new bride the Duchess of Sussex and an "HRH" (Her Royal Highness.) She could also go by Princess Henry of Wales, but Markle won't become a princess in her own right since she wasn't born into the royal family.
But they don't want any wedding gifts.
Kensington Palace announced in a that the couple is requesting that guests make charitable donations instead of sending presents. (You don't need a registry if you live in a castle!) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose seven organizations "which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about."
They are: (Children's HIV Association), (help for the homeless), (women's empowerment in India), (marine conservation), (conservation), (sports for social change), and (bereaved Armed Forces children).
Meghan Markle will likely wear a classic dress.
"My personal style — wedding or not — is very pared down and relaxed," the actress told last year. "Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist." Potential designers for the much anticipated gown include Ralph & Russo, Alexander McQueen, Roland Mouret, Inbal Dror, and Jenny Packham.
Markle could also turn to designer Misha Nonoo, who may have in the first place, or her "secret wedding planner" and fashion stylist Jessica Mulroney.
Kate Middleton won't be in the wedding party.
The Duchess of Cambridge wasn't even the matron of honor at her own sister's nuptials, and it's safe to say she knows Pippa a lot better than Meghan. The reason for abstaining is pretty simple: The Duchess doesn't want to overshadow the bride, and it goes against etiquette for someone of her standing to "attend" to another woman, according to royals expert and author Marlene Koenig.
"Frankly Harry and Meghan are just happy that Kate will be there given she will only just have given birth," a source recently told . "They have told her there is no pressure on her to do anything, they just want her to enjoy the day."
In fact, Meghan Markle won't have a maid of honor.
First, people assumed Meghan would choose Kate Middleton as her maid of honor. Once that was shut down, people predicted Meghan's close friend and actress Priyanka Chopra would fulfill the duties, but she confirmed to that she won't follow her down the aisle either. Others have floated the idea of Meghan's best friend, Jessica Mulroney as maid of honor, too.
However, a palace spokesperson revealed that the bride has decided to not have a maid of honor — at all. "She has a very close-knit circle of friends and she didn’t want to choose one over another,” a explained. "All have been actively involved in helping her prepare for the day and will be there in the days beforehand. She’s very happy to have their support."
The good news: Prince George and Princess Charlotte will join the bridal party as a page boy and flower girl.
But Prince William will be Harry's best man.
Although royal weddings don't usually include a best man, Prince William broke with protocol when he had Prince Harry perform the duty back in 2011. Now the roles will be reversed.
“The Duke of Cambridge is honored to have been asked, and is very much looking forward to supporting his brother at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor on May 19th,” Kensington Palace .
Meghan's dad will not attend.
Thomas Markle planned to walk his daughter down the aisle, but withdrew from the wedding this week due to his health. He recently suffered a heart attack and underwent surgery on Wednesday, days after he admitted to staging paparazzi photos.
“Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding," Meghan announced in a . "I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health. I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support.”
Meghan's mom will accompany her to the chapel.
Doria Ragland arrived in London ahead of the wedding to meet key members of the royal family, including the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Prince Charles will walk Meghan down the aisle.
The father of groom has taken over the duty for Thomas Markle, confirmed in a statement on Friday.
"Ms. Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St George's Chapel on her Wedding Day," the announcement read. "The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way."
Prince Harry will honor his late mother.
Similar to William and Kate, Meghan and Harry's wedding will also pay tribute to Princess Diana. To no one's surprise, the couple has mentioned Princess Diana's legacy every step of the way, including during their first interview as an engaged couple. They'll continue to honor her memory by having her siblings take the spotlight at the ceremony.
"All three siblings of Diana, Princess of Wales will be in attendance and Lady Jane Fellowes will give the reading," the Press Secretary to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed in a . For Harry, the wedding is another way to celebrate the beautiful life of his mother.
The engagement photos were simply gorgeous.
In case their absolute adorableness was in any doubt, the couple released two official engagement portraits on December 21 to celebrate the occasion.
Fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski shot the duo at Windsor Castle's. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were so pleased by the "warm and generous messages" they received in response that they also released a candid pic from the shoot as well.
The Obamas did not receive an invite.
Prince Harry and Barack Obama are clearly close. Just watch their adorable interview from the Invictus Games ("Queen or the Queen?" "The Queen!"). But while the two may enjoy a great friendship, the former president will not attend the wedding. Kensington Palace that the couple declined to invite political figures to the event, including Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May.
The bride may make a speech at the reception.
Meghan Markle is updating royal customs left and right, and her nod to modernity might continue at the reception. Breaking with tradition, she will reportedly make a speech offering "affectionate" praise of her new husband, thanks to the Queen, and a few suitable jokes, the reports. Historically only the groom, father of the bride, and best man make speeches at British wedding receptions.
"She wants to have the chance to thank her husband and everyone who has supported them," a source told the . "Harry thinks it's a great idea."
They'll serve an elderflower-flavored cake.
Royal chefs usually whip up a booze-soaked fruitcake for high-profile nuptials, but the couple went an entirely different route for their centerpiece dessert. Claire Ptak, owner of the organic bakery , is baking a decorated with buttercream and fresh flowers for their reception.