THE royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is edging ever closer, and the countdown is well underway.
In just a number of days, Harry and Meghan will say “I do” at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, and here’s all you need to know about the big day.
AP:Associated Press Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are officially engaged – and are due to marry in May
When are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle getting married?
Shortly after their engagement was revealed, it was confirmed the wedding between Harry and Meghan will be held on Saturday, May 19.
In a statement, Clarence House said: “Her Majesty The Queen has granted permission for the wedding to take place at the Chapel. The Royal Family will pay for the wedding.”
Floral designer Philippa Craddock will provide flowers that will include white garden roses, foxgloves and peonies.
It was also annoucned that the royal couple will have a lemon elderflower cake made by pastry chef Claire Ptak, owner of the London-based Violet Bakery.
Where are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle getting married and who is walking Meghan down the aisle?
The couple will tie the knot at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Charles and Camilla had their televised blessing there in 2005 and it offers the couple a more low key venue than Westminster Abbey, where Kate Middleton and Prince William got married.
St George’s Chapel can accommodate 800 guests, whereas the Abbey seats 2,000.
Harry and Meghan have said they are looking at ways to make their wedding an event that members of the public can also feel a part of.
Meghan Markle’s dad Thomas appeared to back his ex-wife Doria Ragland to walk their daughter down the aisle during the ceremony.
He said he wouldn’t be attending the nuptials at all after it was revealed he had paid to pose for paparazzi photos.
In a further twist Thomas then told TMZ that he DID want to attend the wedding – although admitted his doctors might not let him travel due to recent health scares.
He said: “I hate the idea of missing one of the greatest moments in history and walking my daughter down the aisle”.
However, the US outlet later reported that his hopes were in vain, with Meghan’s dad set to undergo heart surgery.
Reportedly admitting that his attendance on the big day was now “impossible”, he said: “They [doctors] will go in and clear blockage, repair damage and put a stent where it is needed.”
On the evening of May 16, the same US outlet reported that Meghan’s dad had undergone “successful” surgery and was “alert and coherent” following the procedure.
Getty – Contributor Windsor Castle will host the royal wedding in May
Why have Prince Harry and Meghan chosen St George’s Chapel?
St George’s Chapel, completed in 1528, is set in the lower ward of Windsor Castle – one of the most famous and iconic landmarks of the British royal family.
Due to its setting within Horseshoe Cloisters and the Henry VIII gate, the chapel will also offer Harry, Meghan and their famous friends and family some privacy on what is sure to be a major global news event.
Following the ceremony, at least part of the reception is likely to take place in St George’s Hall – a grand 180ft-long room within Windsor Castle which is often used for large state banquets.
In recent years, Windsor Castle has also played host to Harry’s father Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall’s blessing after their civil ceremony in 2005.
While in 1999, Prince William and Harry’s uncle the Earl of Wessex married Sophie Rhys-Jones.
The venue is the same church Harry was christened in when he was three months old.