File photo of Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle. Photograph:( Reuters )
With less than a day left for arrangements for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that is to take place tomorrow, the British Armed Forces have started practice with full dress rehearsals to start with. The world will see the British Queen Elizabeth’s descendants get married after a gap of 7 years as Prince William and Kate Middleton got married in 2011.
Their “dress rehearsal” today includes practising the long walk that is literally on an avenue called the Long Walk -- through Windsor Town and Castle, rehearsing the route of the carriage procession that Markle and the Prince will embark upon just after they take their wedding vows in St. George’s Chapel on Saturday afternoon. Also Read: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's cake will break with tradition, says royal wedding baker
The Household Cavalry, Royal Navy, Army Air Corps, British Army and Irish Guards are all participating in putting on the formal pomp and circumstance for the occasion. Also Read: Punters betting on Queen's hat, guest list, couple's first dance' ahead of the royal wedding
The entire street up from the Castle will be decked with horses, riders in top hats, elaborately gilded helmets, crisp military uniforms and plenty of British flags for that extra touch of patriotism.
Rehearsing for the #RoyalWedding: Members of the Armed Forces were among those taking part in a dress rehearsal of the carriage procession through Windsor Town and The Long Walk today. pic.twitter.com/vg7QMVNrt6— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 17, 2018
As revealed by the official sources, the Kensington Palace Twitter account, more than 250 members of the Armed Forces will be involved for “ceremonial support,” including “regiments and units with a special relationship with Prince Harry.” This, because Prince Harry served in the military for a decade, taking part in two tours to Afghanistan as a member of the Blues and Royals and the Army Air Corps. He also holds the title of Captain General of the Royal Marines.
The royal wedding is set to kick off at noon on Saturday in the UK and will be broadcast and live streamed by a number of news media outlets. Keep reading this space for more details on the royal wedding.