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Wednesday 19 December 2018

Harry, Meghan invite 1,200 members of public to wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have invited thousands of people into the grounds of Windsor Castle to share their wedding day.

Kensington Palace said 1,200 members of the public will be among a crowd of 2,640 allowed in to watch the arrival of the bride and groom and their guests at St George's Chapel on May 19 and to see the newlyweds start their carriage procession through Windsor.

"Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle have said they want their wedding day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too," the palace said in a statement.

"This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters and values of the bride and groom."

The 1,200 members of the public will be drawn "from every corner of the United Kingdom", said Kensington Palace, and will be nominated to attend by nine regional lord lieutenant offices.

Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth

Harry and Meghan have 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.

Harry said earlier this week that he and Meghan were busy planning their wedding, which will see the royal fam- ily, Meghan's relatives and guests gather at Queen Elizabeth's Berkshire home for the event.

Mel B has confirmed that the Spice Girls will attend the wedding, and also sparked speculation that the recently reunited band will perform on the big day.

Elton John is also rumoured to be on the guest list and former US president Barack Obama and wife Mich-elle - who are friends of Harry - are likely to be invited.

Sassiness

Meanwhile, Meghan will bring a touch of American "sassiness" to the look of the royal family, according to the former long-time editor of British Vogue.

However, Alexandra Shulman said the queen remained "the most stylish person", after receiving a CBE for services to fashion journalism in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace yesterday.

"Meghan's got a great style, is very confident in her style, and she will bring a bit of American sassiness to the look of the royal family," said Shulman (60).

"And I'm looking forward to seeing what she wears to the wedding."

Following the queen's app- earance at London Fashion Week in February, Shulman paid tribute to her outfit choices over the decades.

"The queen is the most stylish person because she never changes," she said.

"Style is about having a look and sticking to it and she does it so well.

"I think everybody just thinks she's amazing.

"And Buckingham Palace is really unbeatable. You just come in and you really know you're in somewhere truly unique."

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