Westminster to hold royal wedding event

Westminster to hold royal wedding event

May 13th, 2018 by Jenny Gray in Local News

Trying on hats appropriate for a royal wedding from left are Susan Atkinson, Phyllis Fuller and Mary Harrison. They are organizing the National Churchill Museum's reception following the wedding in England of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Photo by Jenny Gray /Fulton Sun.

The newest nuptials in Britain's royal family will happen a wee bit early for most people in Mid-Missouri, but do not fret.

An afternoon reception for Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle will be celebrated in Fulton at a respectable time of the day.

Residents are invited to a wedding celebration for the royal pair at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, and the National Churchill Museum.

Some unlucky soul will be up early recording the actual wedding. This recording will be shown in the church, along with a display of local wedding dresses and wedding pictures.

Refreshments will follow in the Undercroft. Ladies — and gents, too, if they like — are welcome to wear hats worthy of a royal celebration to the event.

The actual wedding will take place at St. George's Chapel, Windsor at midday, UK time, which is 4 a.m. CST.

The Rt. Rev. David Conner and The Most Reverend and Rt. Honorable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, will officiate as the couple make their marriage vows. Music will be provided by the Choir of St. George's Chapel, conducted by James Vivian with 23 boy choristers and 12 lay clerks. Sheku Kanneh-Mason, a 19-year-old cellist; Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir; the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, English Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia conducted by Christopher Warren-Green; and others also will perform, along with the State Trumpeters.

Following the service, the couple will sport about Windsor in an antique horse-drawn carriage for public viewing and royal waves of the hand.

According to the official website, royal.uk, the carriage to be used is an Ascot Landau, one of five kept by the Royal Mews. If it is raining, the Scottish State Coach, commissioned in 1830, will be employed instead as to keep the royal skirts dry.

Whichever buggy is used, it will be drawn by the Royal Family's Windsor Greys, horses kept at the Royal Mews that have played an important ceremonial role since Queen Victoria's reign. According to the wedding website, the horses Plymouth and Londonderry will act as outriders, while Milford Haven, Sir Basil, Tyrone and Storm will be the four horses pulling the carriage. (Storm and Tyrone are father and son.)

The carriage will be accompanied by the Escort of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. This regiment also escorted Prince William and Catherine Middleton at their wedding, with about 200 soldiers on horses offering protection at that event.

Prince Henry Charles Albert David, of Wales — known as Harry — is 33. He met his bride, Rachel Meghan Markle, 36, on a blind date. Harry is sixth in line to the throne. The couple has invited immediate family and friends to the wedding and 2,500 members of the public to watch their arrival and departure from St. George's Chapel. Also, 610 people who live on the castle grounds and 530 members of the Royal Household and Crown Estate were invited.

The wedding is expected to cost $2,760,974. On the upside, it's expected to bring in $680 million from tourism.

If you didn't receive your golden ticket, the wedding will be broadcast on NBC Today, PBS, ABC, CBS and BBC America. The event in Fulton is free, but offerings will be accepted.