The Royal Wedding's Guest List Just Got a Lot Bigger
The grand total is officially in the thousands.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding will be a public affair! With just three months to go until the big day, the soon-to-be-newlyweds announced via a Kensington Palace press release that they've officially invited over 2,500 U.K. citizens to the grounds of Windsor Castle for an inside look at their nuptials.
"[Prince Harry and Meghan Markle] want their wedding day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too," their office at Kensington Palace revealed on Friday. The couple has always been transparent about this intention-when they announced their engagement in November, they said that they'd do what they could to involve the doting public in their wedding. "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 statement continued.
While their invited guests won't actually stand witness to the couple's vows, they'll be able to watch Harry and Meghan's arrival and departure from St. George's Chapel. It's quite the honor, especially since many of these prospective guests have to be nominated by official public entities, like the nine offices of the Lord Lieutenants and the Queen's representatives, in order to attend. Also in the running for a coveted spot? Young people who have demonstrated strong leadership in their communities.
The statement also revealed that 200 guests will be chosen from the couple's many charities, including WellChild, a foundation for kids with serious illness, and the Invictus Games, an Olympic-style competition the prince founded for wounded veterans and active military members. The duo also revealed that over 100 children from two local schools will be in attendance on their wedding day, as will 610 people who live on the castle grounds and 530 members of the Royal Household and Crown Estate. While many in the U.K. have a fair shot at attending, those of us across the pond will simply have to watch via television-if you're stateside, plan to tune in on May 19 at 7 a.m. EST to catch the 12 p.m. GMT ceremony.