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Why We Likely Won't See Photos from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding Receptions

The royals are keeping their celebrations under-wraps.
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In an age when everyone has a camera in their pocket, how do you keep an event truly out of the public eye? By confiscating everyone's phones.

According to the Mail on Sunday, guests invited to the royal wedding have received some "critical guidance" along with their invitations.

The notes reportedly include details about which military accessories are appropriate ("no swords"), when the chapel's toilet facilities will be available on the big day (from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.), and whether or not guests should bring gifts to Windsor Castle ("Guests are advised to seek further guidance on delivery arrangements for any gifts to Kensington Palace.") 

Perhaps most crucially, the paperwork reportedly also indicates that all guests will have to hand over their cell phones and cameras before the wedding reception. "All guests will be asked to surrender mobile telephones… and any devices used for image capture," reads the information sheet, according to the British publication.

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So sadly, it sounds like we can't expect any rogue videos of Best Man Prince William's speech, or photos of the cast of Suits out on the dance floor alongside Princess Eugenie.

But there is still a chance the public will get to see the bride in her rumored second wedding dress, at least for a moment or two. The Kensington Palace briefing from May 4 included this gem: "The final thing you can expect to see is the Bride and Groom departing Windsor Castle for the evening reception at Frogmore House," so we're keeping our fingers crossed.

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

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