Are those church bells we hear? Nope, just the sound of our excited squeals when we found out that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will invite more than 2,640 members of the public to their royal wedding this May. Yep, excuse us while we faint from excitement.
Kensington Palace announced the glorious news in March in a series of tweets, saying, “Prince Harry and Ms. Markle would like their wedding day to be shaped to allow members of the public to share in the joy and the fun of the day. They have today given further details how public guests will be involved in the celebrations on May 19. Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will invite 2,640 members of the public to Windsor Castle on their wedding day to watch the arrivals of the Bride and Groom and their guests and the carriage procession as it departs from the castle.”
The Palace went on to explain that 1,200 of these special invites will go to members of the U.K. public who will be “nominated to attend by nine regional Lord Lieutenant offices,” including “young people who have shown strong leadership.” (Does president of Key Club count?)
In addition to those folks, 200 people will come from a range of charities and organizations with which the couple has close connections, 100 students will be selected from two local schools (The Royal School and St. George’s School), 610 will fall under the category of “Windsor Castle community members, including residents of the castle” and 530 will be members of the “Royal Households and Crown Estate.”
The royal wedding will take place this May 19.
Sounds like just enough time to brush up on our royal etiquette and schmooze the Lord Lieutenants, yeah?