With the big day mere months away, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are putting the finishing touches on planning for their upcoming nuptials. And, according to People, one key component they've recently tweaked is the guest list — the philanthropic pair are reportedly inviting 2,500 people from the community to view the royal wedding from special spots on Windsor Castle grounds.
"They want their wedding day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too," the couple's Kensington Palace office explained in a press release on Friday. "This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters and values of the bride and groom."
The statement and decision to send out the extra invites are a direct reflection of Markle and Prince Harry's commitment to community. Arguably the most accessible royals to date, the duo promised when they announced their engagement in November that they would find a way to share their special day with the public.
To that end, they've already announced the processional immediately following the ceremony, during which they will ride in a horse-drawn carriage through Windsor Town. (If you haven't set your royal wedding alarm, do so now: the service starts at 7 a.m. Eastern/4 a.m. Pacific, and the processional follows at 8 a.m. Eastern/5 a.m. Pacific.)
But if you were harboring the fantasy that you might score an invitation to this royal affair, well, don't get your hopes up. Those 2,500 extra invitations are essentially already spoken for. A portion of the U.K. guests — around 1,200 — will be nominated by the Lord Lieutenants, representatives of the queen. These guests will still have qualities important to Markle and Prince Harry, as they will include young people exemplifying leadership skills and service to their communities.
Also in keeping with the couple's spirit of service will be the roughly 200 guests associated with charities they work with. As you might have guessed, this includes people linked to Prince Harry's Invictus Games for sick and injured military and veterans.
One hundred guests will be of the tiny variety — students selected from the Royal School and St. George's School near the castle. And rounding out the sizable set of invitations will be over 600 people who live and work on the castle grounds, along with over 500 members of the Royal Household and the Crown Estate.
That isn't the only big news to come out of the royal camp this week, though. On Friday, the palace further announced that the royal family will participate in a special church service with Queen Elizabeth on March 12.
The Westminster Abbey service will be a celebration of the Commonwealth, a global network consisting of 53 countries and in excess of 2 billion people. This annual church service is the largest interfaith gathering of its kind in the U.K.
What makes this particular year different, however, is the inclusion of Markle and Prince Harry. The celebration is usually reserved for only the highest-ranking members of the royal family. Markle's presence is not only unprecedented, it will also mark her very first public appearance with the queen.
It looks like this royally cute couple have an action-packed few months ahead of them.
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