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The Royal Wedding By the Numbers

Over 3,000,000,000 people all over the world tuned in to watch the royal wedding.
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From costs, to minutes, to seconds, to guests, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding was an event that’s chock full of interesting statistics and numbers. Here, we take a look at the royal wedding’s most important numbers and what you need to know about them.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had two receptions: The first reception with 600 guests took place at St George’s Hall which was also the setting for the Earl and Countess of Wessex’s reception in 1999. The second more intimate reception was hosted at Frogmore House by Prince Charles and only had 200 guests.

3

The number of diamonds on Meghan Markle’s engagement ring. Designed by Prince Harry himself, the ring’s setting has a diamond sourced by the prince in Botswana and two smaller diamonds from Princess Diana’s jewelry collection.

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The royal Ascot Landau carriage was pulled by four Windsor Grey Horses. The hour-long ceremony was followed by a tour around Windsor that started at Castle Hill onto Long Walk and back to St George’s Hall. The horses, used in official and ceremonial state events, are named Milford Haven, Sir Basil, Tyrone, and Storm.

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Meghan Markle had six adorable bridesmaids at the May 19 nuptials: Princess Charlotte, Ivy Mulroney, Remi and Rylan Litt, Zallie Warren, and Florence Van Cutsem. She had four pageboys including Prince George.

More: Here's Why Mia Tindall and Savannah Phillips Weren't Bridesmaids at the Royal Wedding

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Seven charities benefited from the royal wedding. In place of gifts, the royal couple requested the guests to donate to their chosen charities instead. The following charities were personally selected by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: Chiva (Children’s HIV Association), Crisis, Myna Mahila Foundation, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, StreetGames, Surfers Against Sewage, and The Wilderness Foundation UK. Learn more about them here.

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12 noon

The wedding was slated to start at exactly 12 noon though the bride was late by approximately four minutes.

33

Born on September 15, 1984, Prince Harry is 33 years old. He has a three-year age difference with his wife who is 36.

140

The royal wedding was supported by 140 volunteers from the Royal Borough Ambassadors Scheme. They stewarded the event and assisted visitors throughout the day.

150

Over 150 kinds of plants, sourced from The Royal Parks, were used for the royal wedding. According to the official website of the royal family, "These include branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves."

250+

According to TIME, over 250 members of the British Armed Forces participated in the parade.

600

St George’s chapel has a capacity of 800, but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle only invited 600 of their friends and family to fill the historic venue. Aside from the royal family, there were several celebrities in attendance such as Oprah Winfrey, Elton John, Idris Elba, and even Meghan’s Suits co-stars.

1475

Construction at St George’s began at 1475, and it took almost 53 years for it to be completed. The venue has been the location of several weddings over the years including the nuptials of Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

2,640

Though the wedding party itself was 'intimate,' Prince Harry and Meghan Markle invited 2,640 members of the public to join them in the nuptials. Royal fans camped overnight just to get a glimpse of the royal couple during the parade.

£300,000

The price of the elegantly modest Clare Waight Keller-designed Givenchy dress that Meghan wore hasn’t been released, but sources say it probably ranges from £300,000-£500,000.

More: All the Details of Meghan Markle's Wedding Gown, Shoes, Veil, and More

£1,969,873

Harper’s BAZAAR estimates the royal wedding cost a total of £1,969,873 (P138,797,483.64) which is about 100 times more than the U.K. national average of £27,161. Majority of the cost came from the catering, decor, and, of course, the dress. According to Bridebook, if you factor in the security costs, the price jumps to a whopping £31 million. That doesn’t even include the supposed £120,000 honeymoon!

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£500,000,000

The royal wedding contributed over £500,000,000 to the economy. This includes royal fans who flew all over the world, royal wedding souvenirs, and even the advertisements during the commercial breaks on TV.

3,000,000,000

Over 3,000,000,000 people tuned in to watch the royal wedding. Thanks to the internet, the public got to watch right from their computers, smartphones, and tablets. That’s about a billion more than the estimated number of people that watched William and Kate’s wedding back in 2011.

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