When Prince William and Duchess Catherine had their fairytale wedding in 2011, the guest list was, to an extent, out of their hands. Being an heir to the throne, the threat of offending an international dignitary trumped any preference for an intimate backyard wedding with their closest pals.
But Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are a little different. While they won’t be shutting down the streets of London with their commute to Westminster Abbey, that’s not to say there won’t be an appropriate amount of fanfare. The official ceremony will last an hour before the first reception kicks off with 600 of their closest friends. Around 7pm, they’ll move to the second reception, aka the real party, with just 200 — the Queen and Prince Philip are expected to take themselves off to bed before this one.
Further breaks with tradition include Meghan giving a speech, a rumoured banana cake (scandalous), and there’ll likely be more American celebrities than previous royal weddings.
Unlike big brother William, there’ll also be far less world leaders in attendance. In her pre-Harry days, Meghan was decidedly anti-Trump. With the President of the United States out of the running, the couple could hardly invite the Obamas or other leaders across the world.
So who exactly will be in attendance at the biggest wedding of the year?
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