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Kensington Palace Releases New Details About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Carriage Ride

Specifically, what they'll do if it's raining.
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One of the most iconic moments of Prince William and Kate Middleton's 2011 nuptials was their balcony kiss. Shortly after the marriage ceremony at Westminster Abbey, the newly minted Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their way back to Buckingham Palace to share their wedding with the public and sealed the day with a smooch—two, in fact!

The tradition of newlyweds appearing on the royal balcony, which dates back to Princess Victoria's wedding in 1858 and was a memorable moment at both Prince Charles's wedding to Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth's to Prince Philip, is always a crowd favorite, but it's one we won't see from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The reason is simple: St. George's Chapel is too far away from Buckingham Palace, and Windsor Castle doesn't have its own balcony.


Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh on the Buckingham Palace balcony after their 1947 wedding.

Rather, the wedding will be followed by a carriage procession through Windsor at 1 p.m. directly following the ceremony.

On May 2, Kensington Palace shared that the couple will ride in the Ascot Landau carriage around Windsor.

"The carriage is one of five Ascot Landaus in the Royal Mews. The carriages are used in official and ceremonial state events, such as Coronations, Royal Weddings and State Visits," the palace shared via Twitter. The carriage will be horse-drawn, and ahead of the big day, Kensington Palace has introduced the public to two of those horses: a father-son team of Storm and Tyrone.

Should it rain, they will use the Scottish State Coach, which is enclosed.

According to CNN, the route of the procession will be as follows: "The newlyweds will leave Windsor Castle in a carriage and travel along High Street through the town of Windsor, before returning to the castle by the Long Walk."

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"They hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day," reads a statement from Kensington Palace.

On March 28, it was announced that the armed forces would also be participating in the processional. "Units that hold a special relationship with Prince Harry will provide ceremonial support at the wedding and during the carriage procession at the request of Kensington Palace," reads a statement from the UK Ministry of Defence. "More than 250 members of the Armed Forces will perform ceremonial duties at the wedding."

Shortly after the engagement announcement in November, Kensington Palace confirmed that Meghan and Harry "want the day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too and are currently working through ideas for how this might be achieved."

This must be what they had in mind.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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