Royal wedding 2018: What we know so far

CNN/Stylemagazine.com Newswire | 5/2/2018, 8:03 a.m.
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement in November last year, sparking months of speculation about the details ...
Prince Harry and fiance Meghan Markle make their first public appearance after announcing their engagement on Monday, November 27, 2017.

By Judith Vonberg, CNN

(CNN) -- Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement in November last year, sparking months of speculation about the details of their upcoming wedding.

Rumors about the dress, the performers and the all-important guest list continue to swirl. Here's what we know so far and what's still under wraps.

The venue

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry on Saturday, May 19, in St. George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of central London.

Windsor is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and an official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, who spends most of her weekends there.

The chapel has a capacity of around 800.

London florist Philippa Craddock has been tasked with decorating the chapel. Her team plans to use white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves, as well as branches of beech, birch and hornbeam for the floral displays, which will be distributed to local charities after the wedding.

Many of the plants will be sourced from the gardens and parkland of the royally owned Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park, according to Kensington Palace.

The schedule

The couple will exchange vows at noon (7 a.m. EDT).

At 1 p.m. (8 a.m. EDT), the newlyweds will leave Windsor Castle in a carriage for a roughly two-mile procession, traveling along the High Street through the town of Windsor, before returning to the castle by the Long Walk, according to the Palace.

They will travel in an Ascot Landau carriage pulled by Windsor Grey horses. The royal family owns five Ascot Landaus and uses them regularly for official events. Prince Harry traveled in one during the carriage procession at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.

Windsor Grey horses also have a long royal pedigree -- they have been pulling the carriages of British monarchs and members of the royal family since the 1900s.

After the procession, the couple and guests will then attend a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at St. George's Hall in the castle grounds, prior to a smaller evening reception for around 200 friends and family hosted by Prince Charles, Harry's father.

The ceremony

The Dean of Windsor, the Rt. Rev. David Conner, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the leader of the Church of England, will officiate the ceremony.

Markle is now a fully fledged member of the Church of England after she was reportedly baptized and confirmed by Welby in a secret ceremony in March.

As expected, Harry's older brother Prince William will step into the role of best man.

The couple have taken a very hands-on approach in planning their big day, right down to their selection of music for the service, which will include several popular hymns and choral works. The chapel's director of music, James Vivian, will conduct the Choir of St. George's Chapel -- which was founded in 1348 and includes music from all ages in its repertoire.

State Trumpeters and an orchestra encompassing musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra will also provide music at the service.