The guest list for the royal wedding just keeps getting longer and longer — but, alas, the likelihood of you or I getting an invite still remains nil. But chin up, we’ll just set our alarms, steep some tea and stare at the TV with blurry eyes like the rest of the world then.
On March 2, Kensington Palace announced on Twitter that Prince Harry and his American bride, Meghan Markle, are inviting 2,640 members of the public onto the grounds of Windsor Castle for their May 19 nuptials.
The statement reads: “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.”
The commoners — who will be chosen “from every corner of the United Kingdom” — will get to watch the arrival of the bride and groom, followed by the start of the carriage procession after the ceremony in St. George’s Chapel.
According to the Kensington Palace statement, the royal couple want members of the public “to feel part of the celebrations too.”
Of the lucky invitees, 1,200 will be selected by nine regional lord lieutenant offices. And who are they, you ask? Well, lord lieutenants act as the queen’s representatives in each county of the UK, so it looks like Her Majesty will definitely have a say in the proceedings.
In addition to those nominated by the lords lieutenant, there will be:
- 200 people from a wide range of charities and organizations close to Harry and Meghan’s hearts.
- 610 Windsor Castle community members, including members of the St. George’s Chapel community.
- 530 members of the royal households and crown estate.
- 100 pupils from two schools close to the castle — the Royal and St George’s.