As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding approaches, we're learning more and more about the couple's upcoming big day. One newly revealed detail is that Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, will take a carriage ride around Windsor Castle following their ceremony — but, surprisingly, they won't be riding in the same carriage as Prince William and Kate Middleton used at their wedding.
So, which of Queen Elizabeth's ornate carriages will Harry and Meghan be lent on their wedding day? "My guess is that it will be an Ascot Landau. It’s not as regal or grand as the Imperial State Landau, but it is perfect for the streets of Windsor," Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, has predicted.
Kate and William at their 2011 royal wedding. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
According to People, William and Kate rode around the streets of London in the Imperial State Landau on their April 29, 2011, wedding day. Because Harry and Meghan are tying the knot at Windsor Castle, it is unlikely they'll use the Queen's Imperial State Landau carriage because it rarely leaves its Royal Mews storage facility on the grounds of London's Buckingham Palace.
Though Harry and Meghan will probably use the Ascot Landau on their wedding day, they'll also have a second carriage option on standby in case it rains. William and Kate's bad weather carriage was the Glass Coach, which Princess Diana and Prince Charles used at their 1981 royal nuptials. According to Majesty editor Little, the Glass Coach is ideal because it's the "easiest one to see into."
When the Queen's youngest son, Prince Edward, exchanged vows with Sophie, Countess of Wessex at Windsor Castle's St George's Chapel — the same location of Harry and Meg's nuptials — back in June 1999, he and his bride rode in an Ascot Landau carriage. But then Queen Elizabeth's grandson Peter Phillips married Autumn Phillips at Windsor, they left the church in the Balmoral Sociable carriage. Guess we'll just have to wait until Harry and Meghan's big day to see which royal carriage they use!
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