Wedding Countdown Daily Digest: Friday May 18

Welcome to our last Daily Digest here at What Meghan Wore. Created to handle to the flood of information in the run-up to the wedding, we will say ‘goodbye’ to the format and resume our standard posting style, with the exception of Saturday’s live blog.

This afternoon Meghan and Harry described themselves as “very happy” and “wonderful.”

The day started with word from Kensington Palace that Prince Charles will walk Meghan down (part of) the aisle at St George’s Chapel.

It’s not spelled out in the release, but Meghan will walk about halfway down the aisle accompanied only by her bridesmaids. At the Quire, she will meet Prince Charles and walk the rest of the way on his arm. This diagram from The Telegraph offers a better view of the layout of St. George’s.

The Daily Telegraph (Click image to visit site)

Meghan and Harry as they headed for Windsor.

They joined Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, Prince Philip and the Queen for “a traditional afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones and cakes” at Windsor Castle according to The Daily Mail.

Later in the afternoon Harry and his best man, Prince William, did a walkabout.

There were sizable crowds outside Windsor Castle.

Both Princes looked relaxed and happy as they greeted well-wishers.

The Prince said: ‘I’m really excited… I can’t wait’ when asked by Ms Ritu Dutt, from Richmond, if he was looking forward to his big day.

Dressed sharply in a smart grey blazer with a pair of tailored navy chinos, Harry made a beeline for a little girl wearing a white dress in the crowd and said to her: ‘Are you squashed? Have you been waiting here long?’

After the tea with HM and Prince Philip, Meghan and her mother traveled to Cliveden House, where they are spending the night.

Meghan and her mom, Doria Ragland, have arrived at the hotel where she’ll spend her last night as a single woman — and a commoner — the night before her royal wedding. Meghan and Ragland checked into Cliveden House Hotel, located about a 30-minute drive away from Windsor Castle.

Upon her arrival, Meghan said that she was feeling “wonderful, thank you.”

A video of the two arriving at the Hotel.

Meghan wore a piece by Roland Mouret. The dress is the Barwick, from the designer’s Resort 2018 collection. It is made in lightweight wool with angled panels, a handkerchief waterfall at the side, and exposed back zipper.It is available in limited sizes at Farfetch ($2165), and in sizes 8 and 16 at Roland Mouret ($2165).

Meghan was in another pair of Manolo Blahnik BB heels.

She also had on a bracelet we’ve not yet had time to identify.
Preparations for the wedding continued throughout Windsor. Victoria Howard of the Crown Chronicles shared this photo of flowers arriving at Windsor Castle, noting there were roses, peonies, and foxglove.

Victoria Howard, The Crown Chronicles (Click image to visit Twitter feed)

The crowds continued to grow throughout the day.

Roshni Murthy shared a photo at some of the signage up in Windsor.

Roshni Murthy

As mentioned above, tomorrow’s Order of Service for has been released by Kensington Palace.

The notes accompanying the Order of Service include the following:

“Like any couple getting married, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have taken a great deal of care in selecting all elements for their service. This has been a collaborative effort led by Prince Harry and Ms. Markle. They have also sought the advice of The Prince of Wales for the orchestral music before the Service begins.”

A few notable elements:

  • At the start of the service the Archbishop of Canterbury will refer to the bride as “Rachel Meghan,” her given names, but will call her Meghan for the duration of the service.
  • The lengthy names are not being used for the vows. It will be Harry and Meghan as opposed to Henry Charles Albert David and Rachel Meghan.
  • The program was not reprinted after the change in participants; it still references Mr. Thomas Markle.
  • The couple will promise to love, comfort, honour and protect one another – but not obey.
  • This will be a two-ring ceremony; Prince Harry will wear a wedding ring.

Many thanks to Write Royalty, Micki Maynard and Rebecca English of The Daily Mail for their insights and tips on the program.

We will see you bright and early!

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