With less than one week to go until the royal wedding, all of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's last-minute wedding details are taking shape. The latest updates from the soon-to-be newlyweds give us a bit more insight into both their St. George's Chapel ceremony and ensuing reception, which will take place in Windsor Castle's great hall.
While the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has been confirmed as royal wedding officiant by Kensington Palace, he'll have company. An American Bishop, Chicago-based Michael Bruce Curry, will travel across the pond to give an address during the service, reports People. Bishop Curry's inclusion is yet another sign that both Prince Harry and Meghan are dedicated to incorporating both of their backgrounds into their big day. And Bishop Curry is more than excited for the honor. "The love that has brought and will bind Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle together has its source and origin in God, and is the key to life and happiness," Bishop Curry said in a statement. "And so we celebrate and pray for them today."
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Following the formal, religious ceremony—and a brief carriage ride around the castle's pedestrian-lined streets—Harry and Meghan will join their 600 guests for a luncheon hosted by Queen Elizabeth. It won't be a formal sit-down affair, though. Instead, royal wedding attendees will nosh on small bowls and canapés, which are petite dishes designed to be consumed in two bites. The reason? These simple items are easy to eat while standing up, which means that the couple of the hour will be able to greet as many of their friends, family members, and important officials as possible.
These plates may be small, but they won't skimp on flavor. The food, which will be prepared by royal chef Mark Flanagan and his 30-person team, has been sourced from the Queen's estates and has already been sampled by Harry and Meghan (they approve!). Like the couple's florist, their culinary squad has relied on in-season options to enhance the menu. "The day of the wedding has fallen very kindly for us. All the British vegetables are just coming into season. That's been a point of focus for us," Flanagan told reporters. The chef refused to comment on the exact dishes, but noted that all food served on Saturday will be "tried and tested" royal dishes that are "predominantly classics."