Royal wedding; Crowds in their thousands pour into Windsor

Nice day for a royal wedding! Up to 100,000 flag-waving fans pour into Windsor to catch a glimpse of Harry and Meghan’s big day

  • Prince Harry’s wedding day has arrived as he prepares to marry American bride Meghan Markle in Windsor a 
  • Tens of thousands of royal fans descending on Berkshire town to catch a glimpse of bride and groom today
  • Police have effectively created a ring of steel today around Windsor Castle in a massive security operation
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Prince Harry’s wedding day has arrived as he prepares to marry his American bride Meghan Markle in a glittering ceremony, watched around the world by millions.

The Queen’s grandson, who is sixth in line to the throne, will pledge to love, comfort, honour and protect the former actress as they become husband and wife in the historic surrounds of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Tens of thousands of royal fans have begun to descend on the Berkshire town to catch a glimpse of the bride and groom, as police have effectively created a ring of steel around the castle in a massive security operation.


Royal enthusiast Tony Appleton, 81, wears a Town Crier outfit and rings his bell in Windsor. He unofficially announced the pairs engagement and the birth of Prince Louis


A Royal fan don himself in a Union Flag suit, hat, and glasses and wave flags with the Royal couples face on. Others wave American and Canadian flags


A royal fan has her make-up applied ahead of the wedding. Many covered their faces in red, white and blue face paint and glitter


Fans prepare for the British weather! Royal enthusiasts don Union Flag umbrella hats despite sunny weather forecast for today


Royal fans waiting at the barriers cheer ahead of the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor today


Royal fans, many with Union flag paraphernalia,  camped out on the Long Walk in Windsor ahead of the wedding


Members of the public wrapped in foil blankets to keep warm on the Long Walk in Windsor ahead of the wedding today


Fans don themselves with Union flag crowns and blankets on the Long Walk leading to Windsor Castle


Fans dress as US cult figure Uncle Sam, head to toe in Stars and Stripes, and in a Union flag outfit to celebrate the union of the Brit and American pair


Members of the public arrive in Windsor this morning as the royal wedding of Harry and Meghan takes place


Up to 100,000 people are expected to line the streets of Windsor today to watch the couple’s procession after the service


Top hat and tails! Some wore their very best dress to support the couple on their Wedding day – despite the sunny weather


Two young women wear flags with pictures of the royal couple as they wait alongside along the route the carriage will take


Tens of thousands of royal fans are descending on the Berkshire town today to catch a glimpse of the bride and groom


Armed police officers are patrolling the area of the Berkshire town. The taxpayers have mostly payed for security with the Royal family and Meghan Markle covering other costs


Royal enthusiasts pictured on the Long Walk ahead of the royal wedding wearing Union Jack flags and a Queen’s Guard outfit  


Members of the public pass through a security screen as they arrive at Castle Hill in London ahead of the ceremony


A royal fan drapes herself in a Union Jack flag headscarf and dress with an Belgian flag wrapped around her shoulders


Well-wishers arrive on the Long Walk leading to Windsor Castle ahead of the wedding and carriage procession


An American Princess! One Royal admirer wears an American and Union flag in a straw hat as she looks onto Windsor Castle


Royal fans smile and wave British and American flags as they lean over the barrier at the Royal Wedding. Many have camped out for days in the hope to reach a glimpse of the bride and groom


Royal wellwishers sit in deckchairs in the sun hoping for a glance of the happy couple on the Royal Carriage Drive this morning


Flower arrangers do last-minute preparations within Windsor Castle ahead of the wedding. Sources say the flowers inside the chapel are ‘distinctly American’


Before the chaos: St George’s Chapel before thousands of guests descend on Windsor Castle ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle

Passengers on the first train out of London Waterloo included four women who work as cabin crew for a Canadian airline. They joked they had won the ‘golden ticket’ by being in London on layover on Harry and Meghan’s big day.

‘It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. We are sending our love from Canada,’ Cara Bonhage said. ‘It’s going to be really exciting.’

Ms Bonhage and friends, Deb Penman, Marlene Diggens and Nancy Botelho said they plan to stand at the end of the parade route to catch a glimpse of the couple as they pass.’We want to be part of history,’ Ms Botelho added.

Irene Bowdry, a lawyer from California, was on the 5.50am train from Waterloo to Windsor with four friends from the US.

She said: ‘My mum actually lives around the corner from Meghan’s mum in Los Angeles. We booked as soon as it was announced. An American in the royal family, isn’t that so exciting?’

Also on board was German surgeon Ralph Dubitscher, who said he came because ‘it’s the last chance to get a royal wedding for, what, 30 years?’. 

Some superfans have been camped out for days to secure their spots to see Harry and Meghan’s carriage pass.

John Loughrey, 63, from Streatham in London, has been in position for four days at what he’s dubbed ‘crazy corner’ – the junction of High Street and Castle Hill.

‘This is a very special day today for Prince Harry and Meghan, going into St George’s Chapel and Prince Charles will walk Meghan down the aisle,’ he said.

‘We want the carriage to slow down when it comes around this bend to see the wedding dress and wedding ring and Prince Harry and Meghan smiling at the world. We are going to have one big party in Windsor and around the world.’ 


Joanie Kalbach, Katie Karraker, Peighton Richter, Amie Richter and Janaina are visiting Windsor on the train today


Royal enthusiasts travel on the first train from London Waterloo to Windsor today ahead of the royal wedding ceremony


Passengers on the first train out of London Waterloo to Windsor this morning show their excitement for the big day


Royal enthusiasts smile for the camera as they travel on the first train from London Waterloo to Windsor this morning


Royal enthusiasts take a selfie as they travel on the first train from London Waterloo to Windsor this morning


A royal enthusiast sits on a camping chair as she travels on the first train from London Waterloo to Windsor this morning


Spectators wearing plastic tiaras arrive on the Long Walk in Windsor with a picture of a young Prince Harry and Prince William alongside their mother Princess Diana

Seasoned royal-watcher Terry Hutt, 83, spoke of the romance of the occasion. ‘What makes this a special wedding is that they have gone out and met each other and fallen in love, and that’s quite natural,’ he said.

‘They broke all the rules and they are actually bringing the royal family forward. I think we’re all going to be happy with the result. If his mother was alive, she would be too. She left something of herself behind and it was the two lads.’


Mother-of-four Rachael Carter-Eagleton popped open the prosecco just after 8am. ‘I’m just so happy for Harry,’ said the Londoner. ‘I can’t wait to see what Meghan’s wearing’

Slough station has made spectators feel welcome with a sign celebrating the nuptials. The dot matrix board said: ‘All aboard the royal wedding special to Harry & Meghan Central.’

At 6.30am, a golf buggy carrying TV host Phillip Schofield made its way down the Long Walk, to cheering from the crowd. The ITV anchor for the royal wedding coverage gave them a wave and said: ‘Nice to see you.’

Jo Pratt and Laura Hamlin travelled from Horsham, Sussex, arriving at the Long Walk at 4am. ‘It was freezing cold but we are very excited. We are hoping that they’ll become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. That would be fantastic,’ said Ms Pratt.

Christine Clancy from Virginia in the US was on one of the first trains into Windsor and was sporting thumbnails and shoes decorated with the Union flag.

Ms Clancy said: ‘I’ve always been a royal fan – not an extreme one – I just love British history and love the royals. I just wanted to be part of a part of the wedding celebration.

‘It would have been nice if Meghan’s dad was walking her down the aisle, everyone was expecting her mum to do it, but Charles – he’ll be able to do it with his eyes closed.’

Sheila Tinning and her husband Paul are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary today. Last night, the Cumbrian couple had the fortune of meeting Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge on the pre-wedding walkabout.

‘I shook William and Harry’s hand last night. It was fantastic,’ said Mrs Tinning. ‘There were two cameras behind me and lots of police and we realised something was happening. We couldn’t believe it.  


Fans arrive along The Long Walk to watch the carriage procession on the day of Harry and Meghan’s wedding today


Fans arrive along The Long Walk to watch the carriage procession taking place after the wedding of Harry and Meghan


Fans hold a spot at the front of barriers for the carriage procession outside Windsor Castle this morning


Royal fans gather in Windsor early this morning as they await the wedding of Harry and Meghan at the town’s castle today


Armed police walk the streets as royal fans gather in Windsor for the wedding of Harry and Meghan today


The wedding is taking place at Windsor Castle today, with tens of thousands of people descending on the town this morning

‘I wished them a lovely day today and they said thank you very much. There was a little boy in front and Harry was brilliant with him. He asked where he was from and how long he had been waiting. I never expected that.’

Retired nurse, 75, sits on pavement after travelling from the US for wedding

Retired nurse Yvonne Jobe, 75, who was sitting on the pavement on the high street ready to see Harry and Meghan pass by, had travelled all the way from Atlanta, Georgia, to the wedding.


Retired nurse Yvonne Jobe travelled all the way from Atlanta, Georgia

‘Some lovely ladies helped me sit down on the ground and the police are going to help me get up,’ she joked. ‘I came to Britain for Kate and William’s wedding and for the Diamond Jubilee.

‘I thought about coming over for all the babies but they’re spitting them out too fast. What better place for a party?’

Her affection for the Royals began with Princess Diana, she said. ‘I saw Lady Di get married and I’ve watched her boys ever since. I’m like their godmother,’ she said. ‘They are like my kids. It’s like going to see my kids get married.’

She is particularly excited this time round due to the American connection. ‘Meghan and Harry are the perfect couple,’ she said. ‘I just want them to have a baby within nine months. Even before would be OK! I’m just thrilled to be here.’ 

Canadians Pat and Charles Steele, both 67, Laurie Deckers, 56, Melody Darling, 54, Janet Willoughby, 59, and daughter Natasha Willoughby, 21, booked their flights as soon as Harry and Meghan announced their engagement.

The group, from Ontario, said they feel a connection with Meghan after she adopted Toronto as her hometown.

Pat said: ‘We booked our flights straight away. We all came for William and Kate’s wedding – it would be wrong to show favouritism.’

She added: ‘We had so much fun we had to come back.’

Charles said that he was named after Prince Charles and had always been a fan of the royal family. 

Cornish trio Annabelle Bennetts, Sarah Hawkins and Samantha Burdon arrived at 4am to get a good spot.

Sporting home-made red, white and blue hats, they wanted to wish Harry and Meghan ‘the very best of luck’ in their marriage.

Leila Souza, 67, and Adela Welch, 63, travelled from Tampa, Florida to watch the wedding. The pair have booked a ‘VIP spot’ in a cafe along the procession route to ensure a good view of proceedings.

They have made a sign featuring a picture of Princess Diana on her wedding day, with the words ‘here in spirit’.

Ms Souza said: ‘When she died Prince Harry was just a little child. We all grieved. His mother will be very, very happy today, so she’s here in spirit.’

Arlene Prinsloo has travelled all the way from South Africa for the royal wedding. ‘I’m here for six days,’ she said.

‘After the weekend in Windsor I’m planning on seeing the Diana exhibition at Kensington Palace. I love the royal family. It started when I saw a movie about Mary, Queen of Scots. 

Sat in front of the ITV studio, she said she was excited to meet weatherman Alex Beresford, but had to ask who he was as she was taking a selfie.

Her friend, Adele von Zeuner, a South African living in London, said: ‘The only day I skipped school was for the wedding of Charles and Diana. I was 17 years old and my parents never knew.’ 

Local trio Farkahanda Ahmed, 35, her mother Shakeela Ahmed, 52, and Farah Muktar, 39, arrived at 4am to make sure they got a good view of Harry and Megan’s big day.

The group, from nearby Slough, donned matching Union flag hijabs and made their way to the parade route just after breaking their Ramadan fast.

Farkahanda, who works for her local council, said: ‘It’s a proud moment for us – times are changing. Who would have thought a Hollywood actress would become a British princess?


Royal fans wearing top hats and plumage on the Long Walk in Windsor ahead of the wedding of Harry and Meghan


Royal fans take their place behind the barriers through the streets of Windsor ahead of the royal wedding today


Royal fans from Australia on the Long Walk in Windsor this morning ahead of the wedding of Harry and Meghan


Royal fans gather in Windsor this morning to take their places for Harry and Meghan’s wedding in the Berkshire town




A man is decked out in an impressive Union Jack suit (left) while even the dogs are getting into the party spirit (right)


A woman does her make up as royal fans prepare for the carriage procession outside Windsor Castle this morning


People wait on the procession route along the high street in Windsor this morning ahead of the royal wedding

‘We are proud to be British and we wanted to come here and show our support. We’ve met so many people – people from America, Scotland and all over the place and it’s just so nice for the community to get together.’


There is a life size cardboard cutout of Harry and Meghan for people to pose for photographs with, in Windsor today

She added: ‘We are Muslims and we’re proud to be British and we wanted to come here and show the support from our community. We are British Asian – born and raised here and we’re all here to celebrate.’ 

Residential streets leading into Windsor town centre are festooned with patriotic bunting. Houses on Clarence Road awash with Union Jack flags, the US Stars and Stripes and balloons.

Entrepreneurial locals are selling Wedding programmes and soft drinks to passers by. Security cameras have been added overnight to lampposts.

Meanwhile outside a florists on St Leonard’s Road there is a life size cardboard cutout of Harry and Meghan for people to pose for photographs with.

Real estate agent Stephanni Morton, 55, also from Tampa, flew into London on Thursday and will return tomorrow to the US having occupied a small section of the pavement opposite Windsor Castle.

She said: ‘As an African-American and a person of mixed race like Meghan, I wanted to support her and Harry. I am intrigued to see how the British people accept her for who she is. 

‘I heard that they love her and I think it’s fantastic that the royal family is modernising. She will play a big role in that. And I am curious, but it’s great to be here on this historic day.’

Another American, Natalie Sorto, 20, from Atlanta, Georgia, also flew in, to celebrate her birthday weekend as well as the wedding. She said: ‘I’ve always been obsessed with the British Royal Family and I love them.

‘I’ve come here on my own and am staying in a hostel. But it’s been easy. People have been so nice to me. The British do these things so well. It’s going to be a great day. 


Royal fans sleep in their sleeping bags to hold a spot at the front of barriers for the carriage procession today


A royal fan yawns as he holds a spot at the front of barriers for the carriage procession outside Windsor Castle today


Members of the public arrive on the Long Walk ahead of the wedding of Harry and Meghan in St George’s Chapel today


An armed police officer walks past well wishers waiting to see the carriage procession outside Windsor Castle today


Fans wearing British and American outfits hold a spot at the front of barriers for the carriage procession this morning


A royal fan is wrapped in a blanket as she waits in a doorway in Windsor today for the royal wedding procession


Armed police officers patrol Windsor ahead of the wedding, there is heightened security in the historic town


Security on a rooftop ahead of the wedding. Thames Valley Police increased police patrols in the area today


Police officers stand guard, ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle


Fans lie of grass on the Long Walk leading to Windsor Castle ahead of the wedding. Some fans have been camped out for days

‘But I have a message for Harry. I wanted to know that I’m available if it doesn’t work out with Meghan ‘ she joked.

Secretary Janet Orrel from Farnham, Surrey, added: ‘The sun is out. It is so nice to see so many people out early to celebrate this historic day.’

Royal fans make friends as they wait for wedding

Two royal fans made friends as they waited this morning for the procession through Windsor.

Sara, 66, an Italian-Ethiopian who has been in Britain for six years working for the Lawn Tennis Association, was one of the first to arrive.


Mika, 42, a Japanese expat, and Sara, 66, an Italian-Ethiopian

‘I camped all night outside Westminster Abbey for William and Kate’s wedding and I wanted to do it again, she said. ‘There were a lot of people camping out in the park with their little tents and sleeping bags.

‘I love Harry and Meghan. Yesterday I watched the drama about their love affair and it was brilliant. Next year I will get my British passport and then I will be really happy.’

She had bagged a prime spot on the high street through which Harry and Meghan will process after their wedding.

Mika, 42, a Japanese expat who works for a city firm, had made friends with Sara as they waited and was also excited to see the royal couple.

‘I love Meghan,’ she said. ‘She was in Suits.’ 

Julie Birch, of Finchampstead, Berkshire said: ‘Its a lovely atmosphere. Everybody here loves the Royal family. I’m glad I’ve got here early to get a place on the Long Walk.’   

A quintessentially British argument broke out among crowds waiting to get access to the Long Walk – over queuing.

A group of 100 or more people jumped the queue prompting boos and whistles from those waiting patiently.

Police and security bark out orders on a loud speaker for people to remain on the other side of the road.

However a bottleneck forms in front of the security cordon.   

Scott Mudge, senior salesman for Bang and Olufsen, whose shop is in front of the castle, said: ‘There’s been loads of offers for vast amount of money to view the couple from our shop as we have a prime location. But our customers can see it for free from inside as we trying to do some business still.’ 

The party’s started early for some in Windsor. Mother-of-four Rachael Carter-Eagleton popped open the prosecco just after 8am. ‘I’m just so happy for Harry,’ said the Londoner, a regular at royal events. ‘I can’t wait to see what Meghan’s wearing.’

Caroline Wagstaff slept on the grass along the Long Walk last night, but was quick to open a bottle of English champagne this morning.

Draped in British flags and wearing crowns, her and her friend Rebecca Hilliard said they were enjoying the atmosphere.

‘We woke up around 4am when the crowds started arriving,’ said Ms Wagstaff, who lives in Windsor. ‘It was a bit chilly overnight but we’ve been up for so long now it feels right to open the English champagne.

‘I made the crown a few years ago and everyone loves it. It’s a great atmosphere,’ she added.

Windsor locals Elizabeth Hughes, 19, Brooke Beldom, 13, and mother Laura, 40, along with Claudia Smith, 21, and mother Leigh, 48, were head-to-toe in red, white and blue for the royal wedding.

Laura said: ‘We wouldn’t have missed it for the world – we’re here for the atmosphere.’

The group joked they were ‘more Harry fans than Meghan fans’. ‘We’ve got three lovely girls here and they’ve missed out!’ Laura said. She added: ‘But still, Meghan’s a lovely girl.’

Their message for Harry and Meghan was: ‘Congratulations, good luck, all the best.’

Daniel Zhang, originally from China, is celebrating his 21st birthday in Windsor. Members of the waiting crowd sang Happy Birthday to the Texas University student, who is on an exchange programme in Edinburgh.

‘I’m feeling fantastic,’ he said. ‘I have planned this trip since March.’  

Disabled spectators will get some of the best views of the couple’s carriage procession inside zones at the front of the fence on the Long Walk.

Anne Harrey, from Glossop, Derbyshire, said: ‘I never expected this, it’s VIP treatment. We got a good buggy up. I was dreading it actually, thinking I’d have nowhere to sit but this is fantastic.’

Veronica Esumei, from Guyana, added she was ‘excited’, saying: ‘I was born on a British colony and there’s nobody in the world who puts on a performance like the Brits.’  

Weather forecasters are expecting wall-to-wall sunshine, meaning the newlywed couple will be able to ride through Windsor town centre in the open top Ascot landau for their carriage procession.

Some 250 members of the armed forces will take part in the pomp and ceremony of the celebrations, with regiments closely connected to former soldier Harry lining the streets.

Meghan will emerge from the hour long televised ceremony, which begins at noon, as an HRH and a member of the British royal family after saying her vows. 

Harry is expected to be given a title, most likely a dukedom, by his grandmother the Queen in the morning, meaning Meghan would become a duchess on marriage.

Yesterday evening, a relaxed-looking Harry said he felt ‘great’ as he greeted well-wishers in a surprise walkabout with best man the Duke of Cambridge outside Windsor Castle.

The pair then headed to exclusive Coworth Park country house hotel in Ascot, where the prince was spending his last night as a single man away from his bride as is tradition. 


Invited Royal fans take advantage of the sunny weather to stroll through Windsor – 2,640 members of the public have been invited inside the grounds of Windsor Castle ahead of the wedding


Members of the public wave as they arrive in Windsor this morning ahead of the royal wedding of Harry and Meghan


Police discuss the operation in Windsor this morning as up to 100,000 people are expected to descend on the town


Members of the public arrive on the Long Walk in Windsor this morning with tens of thousands expected to line the streets 


A police screening area is established outside Windsor Castle this morning ahead of the royal wedding today


People unpack their cars in Windsor this morning as they arrive for the wedding of Harry and Meghan 


Armed police walk along the street outside Windsor Castle today ahead of the hotly-anticipated wedding


Windsor, usually a quiet town, is draped in Union Flags and streets are cordoned off for the big day


Armed police patrol the streets of Windsor. Thames Valley Police confirmed there would be extra officers on the streets today  and will be using their expertise from a ‘long history of policing royal events’ to ‘deliver a safe, secure and happy event’

Meanwhile 15 miles away, Meghan gave a radiant smile and said she was feeling ‘wonderful’ as she arrived with her mother Doria Ragland at the luxury Cliveden House Hotel in Taplow, Berkshire.

British soldier’s wife tells of her pride in Windsor

Thai-born Jirapon, 31, arrived on the high street in Windsor early with her 18-month-old daughter Jamillie.


Thai-born Jirapon, 31, arrived on the high street in Windsor early with her 18-month-old daughter Jamillie

She is married to a British soldier who was on duty during the Royal Wedding and said she was ‘very proud’ to be part of such a British occasion.

‘My husband is a hero and he fights for his country and we all feel very proud,’ she said.

Jirapon was with two friends who had come all the way from Thailand to witness the wedding and hope to catch a glimpse of the royal couple.

‘I am so happy and proud. This is my first UK wedding. It is all so beautiful and colourful. 

Around 30 members of the royal family including the Queen and the 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh, who is well enough to attend after undergoing a recent hip operation, will gather in the 600-strong congregation.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, who will marry Harry and Meghan, has spoken of the strong bond the couple share.

‘There’s profound affection between them which is wonderful and a deep understanding and mutual support,’ he said.

‘You see in the way they respond to each other, caring for each other, which is something you see in many couples but not always.’

As the Order of Service was published on the morning of the wedding, it revealed Harry will wear a ring – not a given for royal men – and Meghan will not promise to obey her husband in the vows.

The moving, soul classic Stand By Me by Ben E King will be performed by Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir, with the gospel singers also delivering Etta James’ uplifting version of Amen/This Little Light of Mine – a favourite in African-American churches.

The presiding bishop of the American Episcopal Church Bishop, Michael Curry will give the address.

Celebrities including Meghan’s former Suits co-stars Patrick J. Adams and Gabriel Macht are expected to be among the guests, along with the couple’s trusted inner circle of friends.

The Prince of Wales will take on the role of the absent father of the bride Thomas Markle, and walk his future daughter-in-law through the Quire up the altar to meet her groom. 


Phillip Schofield is seen travelling on a buggy before the wedding of Harry and Meghan at Windsor Castle today


Royal fans who have camped to get the best view of the royal wedding wake up in their sleeping bags this morning


A young girl wakes up after sleeping outdoors next to the route the carriage will take, prior the wedding ceremony today


Police officers gather outside Victoria Barracks today ahead of the wedding of Harry and Meghan in St George’s Chapel


Three women have breakfast as the early morning sun rises over Windsor Castle today prior to the wedding ceremony


Royal fans who have camped to get the best view of the royal wedding wake up in their sleeping bags along the Long Walk

There will be sadness amid the joy for Meghan with her father missing her big day.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding in numbers

0 – Maids of Honour – all the bridesmaids will be children

1 – Best man – Harry’s brother, the Duke of Cambridge

1 – Hour – the length of the wedding ceremony

2 – Diamonds from Diana, Princess of Wales’s collection used for Meghan’s engagement ring, plus one from Botswana

3 – Diana’s siblings at the service

6 – Harry’s position in line to the throne

6 – Windsor Grey horses taking part in the carriage ride

7 – Charities Harry and Meghan picked to receive public donations instead of wedding gifts

16 – The wedding will be the 16th royal wedding or blessing to take place in St George’s Chapel since 1863 

200 – Guests invited to the Frogmore House evening reception

600 – Congregation in St George’s Chapel

2,640 – People specially invited into the grounds of the castle

5,000 – UK and international media accredited in Windsor

100,000 – Estimated number of visitors in Windsor on the day 

The reclusive former TV lighting director will be thousands of miles away in Mexico after pulling out of attending on medical advice with just two days to go after undergoing heart surgery.

Harry too will be thinking of his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, who died in car crash when he was 12.

He has invited her three siblings, Earl Spencer, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes, as a way of honouring her. Lady Jane is giving a reading.

Meghan will leave her country hotel with her mother to be driven to Windsor Castle, giving the first glimpse of the bride in her wedding gown.

She will walk through the Nave of the stunning chapel on her own, followed by a procession of bridesmaids and pageboys, before meeting Charles at the start of the Quire.

William, whose children Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be among the young helpers, will be supporting his younger brother Harry at the altar.

The Duchess of Cambridge will be there, making her first public appearance since giving birth to her third child Prince Louis less than four weeks ago.

Meghan, who found fame played Rachel Zane in the US legal drama Suits, is the first mixed race person in modern history to marry a senior British royal.

Harry, 33, and 36-year-old Meghan became engaged following a whirlwind 16-month romance after going on a blind date in London. The prince has told how ‘all the stars were aligned’ when they met.

‘It was this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life,’ he said when their engagement was announced last November.

Meghan has been married before. She wed first husband film producer Trevor Engelson in 2011 but the pair divorced less than two years later.

The last time a senior royal wanted to marry an American divorcee, it sparked a constitutional crisis and rocked the British monarchy to the core.

King Edward VIII, Prince Harry’s great-great-uncle, abdicated over his love for Mrs Wallis Simpson in 1936.

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