Ever since the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was announced, Kensington Palace has been drip-feeding us further information about the couple’s big day. While we don’t know everything about the May 19 nuptials, we do know that it will take place at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle and that the wedding will be televised around the world, just like Prince William and Kate Middleton’s special day in 2011.
Now, we can add another nugget of detail to our hoard — the palace has confirmed that Harry’s nephew and niece, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will take part in the ceremony in some way, leading us to assume that the third and fourth in line to the throne will reprise the page boy and bridesmaid roles that they so charmingly performed at their aunt Pippa Middleton’s wedding to James Matthews in May 2017.
“It is certainly expected that Prince George and Princess Charlotte are page boy and flower girl or bridesmaid,” royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told The Express. “There is long royal tradition where royal children play key roles at weddings which is charming.”
A Kensington Palace spokesperson previously spoke out about their roles back in December. “The wedding will be a family event. You can expect the family to be involved,” they told Sunday Times, explaining that the youngsters have met their future aunt “many times” — a fact which is hardly surprising given the close proximity of the Cambridge’s Kensington Palace apartment to Harry’s residence at Nottingham Cottage. So, expect George and Charlotte to steal the show once more!
While the Duke of Cambridge is expected to be best man for his younger brother, it’s highly unlikely that his wife will have a role in Meghan’s bridal party. According to a previous report, Meghan may not have anybody in the wedding. “[Kate Middleton] may have had her younger sister, Pippa Middleton, as her bridesmaid — but Pippa’s role was the exception, not the rule. Royal weddings rarely feature bridesmaids,” The New York Times revealed. “So while you can expect to see an adorable clutch of preschool-age page boys and flower girls processing down the aisle, it’s extremely unlikely that the wedding party will also include any 30-something women clad in identical, and probably unflattering, dresses. The palace has not commented on the subject.” We still can’t wait for the wedding!
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Parts of this post were written by Katie Rosseinsky. They originally appeared on our sister site, Grazia Daily.