The ultimate guide to the Royal Wedding

Special 15/05/2018

All eyes around the globe are on royal rebel Prince Harry as he prepares to finally tie the knot with American actress Meghan Markle. The final countdown to the royal wedding is on, and magazine editors across the country can’t get enough.

RadioLIVE’s Long Lunch host Wendyl Nissen caught up with Woman’s Day editor-in-chief Sido Kitchin to pour over all the last details ahead of the glamorous affair.

Why should we care?

According to Ms Kitchin, this wedding will have quite a different flavour to that of Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011.

“People adore cheeky Harry, and there’s twice the glamour with his marriage to Meghan, because she was a big Hollywood star in her own right,” she told RadioLIVE.

Harry, unlike his brother William, has a farther proximity to the throne at number six in. Wendyl Nissen notes that his inevitable unlikelihood at being named king has allowed Harry to enjoy a greater freedom than his brother. Harry’s American bride is yet another reflection of that, she wrote here.

The wedding in numbers

The chapel will seat 800 invited guests for the ceremony, with over 2,000 members of the public invited to join in the festivities. The wedding will then move to a private reception which will include just 600 of their guests.

The wedding is expected to pour a whopping 16,000 glasses of champagne, which is estimated based on the number of guests involved in the festivities.

Around 60 florists are expected to style 200,000 flowers for the day, according to

And 500,000 people are expected to be at Windsor for the Royal Wedding (and 5,000 police officers expected to be on duty).

Half a million people are expected at Windsor.

The dress

Most fashion experts guess that the bride will opt for Ralph & Russo, the designer behind her beautiful engagement dress.

But Ms Kitchin says there are other top contenders that could win the day.

“… Erdem, whose London-based lead designer, hails from Canada is also rumoured, as are Alexander McQueen and Inbal Dror. We’ll just have to wait and see!

“No matter what, she’ll be drop dead gorgeous.”

Kate Middleton’s wedding dress was rumoured to have cost as much as $434,000 to make, including the Sophie Hallette silk tulle woven with shamrock, roses and lilies. The dress was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, which has since been replicated by various designers and even H&M.

Meghan's Ralph & Russo couture gown.

The guests

Ms Markle will arrive at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle with her mum Doria Ragland. The bride-to-be confirmed on Friday (NZ time) that her father will not attend the wedding after much speculation.

Mr Markle said he has changed his mind after speaking to his daughter and has decided to travel to Windsor pending his doctor's approval.

The bridal party is expected to include little Prince George and Princess Charlotte, but no Louis. Ms Kitchin confirmed that the bride is not having a Maid of Honour, so there will be no “Pippa Middleton moment”.

Princess Charlotte will be part of the bridal party.

Princess Diana’s sisters Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes will be included on the big day, with Lady Jane Fellowes expected to give a reading at the ceremony.

Viewers in New Zealand will be able to see guests begin to arrive at about 9:30pm NZ time, along with Harry and William (the best man).

“It’s always lovely to see the bond between them,” remarked Ms Kitchin. “I think many of us will be thinking about Princess Diana when we see her darling boys standing at the front of the church.”

How to watch

The wedding will take place on May 19. Guests will first arrive at 9am (local time). The main wedding guests will arrive between 9:30am-11am, with extended family expected at 11:20am. The Queen is expected at 11:55am, with the bride due to arrive shortly after at 11:59am.

“I can’t wait to see Harry’s first glimpse of his beautiful bride,” said Ms Kitchin.

Kiwis are cordially invited to watch all the action on Three, where Newshub will host a Royal Wedding special to begin at 7pm NZ time.