FAQs, everything you need to know about the royal wedding

(WVLT) -- The royal wedding is right around the corner on May 19, and WVLT News couldn't be more excited! Here's your one-stop shop for all of the questions you have about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day!


Britain's Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle plan to tie the knot in Windsor on May 19.


4 a.m. ET - CBS News hosts Gayle King and Kevin Frazier along with royal contributor Tina Brown will report live from London
7 a.m. ET - Wedding ceremony begins at St. George's Chapel.
8 a.m. ET - The then married couple will undertake a carriage procession from St. George's Chapel through Windsor Town returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk.
After the service - A lunchtime reception for the couple's guests will be held by Her Majesty The Queen following the service at St. George's Hall.
Later in the evening - The Prince of Wales plans to give a private evening reception at Frogmore House celebrating the marriage with 200 close friends and family members.


People from around the world learned the week of April 10 if they would be among the 2,640 people at Windsor Castle for the wedding. The invitations printed in gold ink on a machine from the 1930s were issued in the name of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales on March 22.

600 guests were invited to the ceremony itself, another 2,640 were invited to the castle's grounds for the event. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle asked Lord Lieutenants to invite 1,200 people to join the fun, including young people who have either shown leadership or served their communities. Thousands more are expected to crowd the streets of Windsor in hopes of seeing the happy couple, including Knoxville native Alyse McCamish. The 21-year-old is currently studying acting at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, Wales. She plans to travel to Windsor with friends.


Crowds gathering near Windsor will watch the day pan out on large screens on the Long Walk and Alexandra Gardens. If you're staying in East Tennessee on May 19, catch wedding coverage starting at 4 a.m. on WVLT.


The couple told CBS News they met on a blind date less than two years ago. Meghan Markle said they were set up by a mutual friend. "When she said she wanted to set us up, I had one question: 'Well, is he nice?'" Meghan said.

Some people believe the matchmaker was public relations director Violet Von Westenholz, though she won't confirrm if she was involved in the set-up. "The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was sort of confirmation to me that… everything was just perfect. It was this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life. I fell into her life," Harry gushed to CBS News.

The couple kept their relationship under wraps for the first few months, until Meghan unveiled she was seeing Prince Harry in a Vanity Fair story. Prince Harry issued a statement calling Meghan his "girlfriend" on November 8, 2016. The Prince of Wales announced the engagement of the prince to Meghan on November 27, 2017. The announcement said the couple became engaged earlier in the month.





Representatives for the royal family said Prince Harry designed the engagement ring himself. The ring features two diamonds from Princess Diana's collection surrounding a larger diamond from Botswana on a gold band. The jewels have sentimental meaning to the couple as they spent time together in Botswana, and Prince Harry lost his mother in 1997 when he was 12. The ring was crafted by jewelers to Queen Elizabeth II, Cleave and Company.


Prince Harry's marriage required what's called the Instrument of Consent that's drafted by the Crown Office and signed by the Queen. Buckingham Palace shared a picture of the signed consent on May 11.

The record is symbolic of the couple's roots prior to their union. The royal family said the design to the left of the text shows a red dragon, a symbol of Wales, grouped with UK's floral emblems along with three red escallops from the Spencer family of arms. The design to the left also features the rose in the middle of two golden poppies, the state flower of California, where Meghan was born. The illustration also includes olive branches, adopted from the United States Seal.


With just three days until the wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan announced the selection of their young bridesmaids and page boys.

Bridesmaids:
Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince Harry's niece
Florence van Cutsem, Prince Harry's goddaughter
Remi Litt, Meghan's goddaughter
Ivy Mulroney, daughter of Jessica and Benedict Mulroney
Zalie Warren, Prince Harry's goddaughter

Page Boys:
Prince George of Cambridge, Prince Harry's nephew
Jasper Dyer, Prince Harry's godson
Brian Mulroney, son of of Jessica and Benedict Mulroney
John Mulroney, son of Jessica and Benedict Mulroney

On April 26, Prince Harry asked his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, to be his best man at the wedding. Prince Harry served as his best man at the Duke's wedding to Duchess Kate Middleton.




In a statement issued by Kensington Palace, Prince Harry and Meghan requested "understanding and respect" for Meghan's father after TMZ reported he would not be attending the wedding. Kensington Palace released a statement directly from Meghan about the situation Thursday. "Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health. I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday," the statement says. Find more details about the situation here.



So far, the bride-to-be's dress has remained a secret. But after the season finale of "Suits" showed Meghan in a wedding gown, speculation has grown that she might wear an ivory or off-white gown when she gets married.

While fashion gurus often call wearing a white dress taboo for a second marriage, rumors have circulated she's sticking close to the classic color. Royal wedding enthusiasts are also waiting to see if she wears a piece of jewelry belonging to the late Princess Diana.



The actress born and raised in Los Angeles will take on a new role as a member of the British royal family after the wedding, but will she be called a princess?

Royal experts have said when Meghan marries Prince Harry, she will become Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales. Another title like duchess or countess is likely to be announced at a later date by the palace.

On May 19, Prince Harry will be sixth in line to the British throne following Prince Charles, Prince William and his three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.


Meghan's parents said they were excited to see their daughter's engagement and wished the couple a lifetime of happiness.

"To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents," Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland said. Meghan's father is a Hollwood lights director and her mother is a psychotherapist.

British royals also expressed their joy with the couple's upcoming marriage.

"It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together," Prince William and his wife Kate said in a released statement. Buckingham Palace released a picture of the Queen's tradtional consent form giving her blessing. Harry's father, the Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall issued the following statement, "We're thrilled. We're both thrilled. We hope they'll be very happy indeed."


In lieu of wedding gifts, Prince Harry and Meghan have asked people to give to the following charities: Children's HIV Association, Crisis, Myna Mahila Foundation, Scotty's Little Soldiers, StreetGames, Surfers Against Sewage, and the Wilderness Foundation UK.

"Prince Harry & Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill they have received since their engagement, & have asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion of their wedding considers giving to charity, instead of sending a gift," Kensington Palace announced in a statement.


Prince Harry and Meghan asked Claire Ptak to make their wedding cake, a lemon elderflower cake with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers. Like Meghan, Ptak was raised in California and often uses seasonal and organic ingredients in her cakes.

The floral displays in St. George's Chapel will be created using foliage from the gardens of The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park, including branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves. Philippa Craddock was chosen to design the church flowers for the wedding.

The couple selected Alexi Lubomirski to take the official photos at Windsor Castle following their wedding. The portrait photographer is well-known for taking the couple's engagement pictures last yar at Frogmore House.

Kensington Palace said there will be one horse-drawn carriage in the procession following the wedding. An Ascot Landau carriage will take the newlyweds through Windsor Town returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk. Father and son duo, Storm and Tyrone, are two of the Windsor Grey Horses that will pull the carriage.



The royal romance of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be celebrated at Windsor Castle on May 19, so WVLT News found out what other royal couples have had their wedding day at the beautiful venue.

March 10, 1863 - The Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra of Denmark
July 5, 1866 - Princess Helena and Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein
March 21, 1871 - Princess Louise and The Marquess of Lorne
March 13, 1879 - Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia
April 24, 1880 - Princess Frederica of Hanover and Luitbert and Von Pawel Rammingen
April 27, 1882 - Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany and Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont
July 6, 1891 - Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein and Prince Aribert of Anhalt
February 10, 1904 - Princess Alice Mary of Albany and Prince Alexander of Teck
June 15, 1905 - Princess Margaret of Connaught and Prince Gustaf Adolph of Sweden
September 2, 1919 - Lady Helena and Major John Gibbs
December 14, 1957 - Anne Abel Smith and David Liddell-Grainger
July 18, 1992 - Lady Helen Windsor and Timothy Taylor
June 19, 1999 - Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones
May 9, 2005 - The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall
May 17, 2008 - Peter Philips and Autumn Kelly