The couple is inviting 2,640 members of the public to their big day. Could you be one of the lucky ones?
Thought you needed to be in the royal family or a fancy British aristocrat to get an invite to the royal wedding? Think again. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just announced that they are inviting 2,640 members of the public to their wedding—excuse us while we start shopping for fascinators and ridiculous wedding hats.
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Previously, the couple said that they wanted to give the public a chance to take part in the wedding day, and they’re totally following up on that promise. According to a press release from Kensington Palace, the lucky invitees will be able to gather on the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the arrivals of the bride, groom, and wedding guests, and the carriage procession after the ceremony. So there’s a chance to see Markle’s wedding gown IRL and maybe even rumored guests, the Spice Girls.
If you’re already looking at Google Flights for a roundtrip ticket to the U.K., you might want to hold off. While the guest list has expanded to the thousands, you must meet certain guidelines to score an invite. The Palace stated, “1,200 members of the public from every corner of the United Kingdom will be nominated to attend by nine regional Lord Lieutenant offices. The couple has asked that the people chosen are from a broad range of backgrounds and ages, including young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities.”
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Additionally, the guest list includes 200 people from various charities and organizations chosen by the couple, 100 students from two local schools near Windsor Castle, 610 Windsor Castle community members, and 530 members of The Royal Households and Crown Estate.
While the guest list criteria make the chances of scoring a coveted invite look bleak, you can still watch from afar. The wedding will be televised, so Americans can wake up bright and early on May 19 at 7 a.m. EST and 4 a.m. PST to watch the romance and pomp and circumstance unfold.