NOTE: Info on the venues (St George’s Chapel, St George’s Hall and Frogmore House) may be seen on this page.
Meghan and Harry’s wedding cake will be created by Claire Ptak of London’s Violet Bakery.
Ms. Ptak was raised in California. The announcement was made by Kensington Palace and also posted by Ms. Ptak on Instagram; the baker wrote “Kinda excited to announce this one!”Meghan and Harry are having a lemon elderflower cake “that will incorporate the bright flavours of spring. It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers” according to the Palace. Below, a look at an Elderflower Sponge cake on the bakery’s Instagram.
For more information on the cake and Claire Ptak, visit the Royal Family website.
For more about the baker, including Meghan’s interview with her that ran in The Tig, visit this post.
THE CARRIAGE RIDE:
Harry and Meghan will use an Ascot Landau carriage for their ride through Windsor.
You’ll recognize the style, the carriages (there are 5 Landaus) are used frequently for events like Royal Ascot and at other big occasions, including royal weddings. According to Kensington Palace, Meghan and Harry visited the Royal Mews and personally selected the carriage they want to use on the 19th. Should there be rain, they will use the Scottish State Coach. Below, Pippa Middleton and some of the flower girls in an Ascot Landau at Kate and William’s wedding.
Another Ascot Landau as used for Kate and William’s wedding.
The carriages are used every year for Royal Ascot.
Here is a brief video about the carriages and the horses that pull them in this video.
Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will take part in a Carriage Procession around Windsor after their wedding on May 19th.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 2, 2018
There is a wealth of information on the Royal Mews pages of the Royal Collection website.
- James Vivian, the Director of Music at St. George’s Chapel is in charge of the music for the service
- The choir of St. George’s Chapel will perform
- Among the musicians playing at the service is 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason. From the Royal Family website:
Sheku Kanneh-Mason won BBC Young Musician 2016, made his BBC Proms debut the following year, and released his debut album, ‘Inspiration’, earlier this year. Sheku is a student at the Royal Academy of Music and combines his studies there with a busy international concert career. He is passionate about making classical music accessible to all and is Junior Ambassador for the music education charity London Music Masters.
- Prince Harry saw Sheku play at an event supporting the Halo Foundation. Sheku said he ”was bowled over when Ms Markle called me to ask if I would play during the ceremony, and of course I immediately said yes!!! What a privilege. I can’t wait!”
- Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir, a traditional gospel choir, will be singing at the wedding. You can follow the group on Facebook here. From the Royal Family site:
The Kingdom Choir is a Christian gospel group based in the South-East of England. The Choir is made up of a group of British artists dedicated to creating a sound that demonstrates the community they share, and has been performing both nationally and internationally for over 20 years. Over this time, the choir has become known for its united sound, warm energy and enthusiastic performance.
- The orchestra will be conducted by British violinist and current conductor of the Charlotte Symphony, Christopher Warren-Green.
- Musicians in the orchestra will be from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia. Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas will perform.
- There will also be Trumpeters from the Band of the Household Cavalry.
- More details about the music may be seen by clicking here.
You will be able to buy/stream some/all of the music from the wedding! Billboard reports “Decca Records is to record the May 19 wedding ceremony live and release it direct to streaming services worldwide the same day….”.