See Inside the Church Where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Getting Married
Unlike Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding, a day of pomp and circumstance at Westminster Abbey, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's nuptials will be a more intimate affair.
Don't get us wrong—this will still be a royal wedding, but the couple has chosen St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle as a venue, which indicates that Meghan and Harry will have a very different wedding than Will and Kate. St. George's has a capacity of 800 people is much smaller than the Abbey's 2,000, a fitting size for the future King and Queen of England.
"It’s a signal to people that they’re not going to be full-on attention seeking royals," royal biographer Andrew Morton told me earlier this year. "Because they could have had the option of Westminster Abbey, like his brother, but to do so would have been to say 'We are now fully minted public figures.'
"With St. George’s Chapel, it’s more like the wedding of Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones. They’re a more low-key couple," he said.
The chapel, which dates back to the 1300s, has hosted royal weddings for centuries including not only Prince Edward's marriage ceremony in 1999, but also the union of Prince Charles and Camilla in 2005 and Princess Ann's son Peter Phillip's wedding to Autumn Kelly in 2008.
The first wedding to take place in the space was in 1863, between the future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.
According to the Royal Collection Trust website,
"As with all members of the Royal Family, Windsor is a very special place for Prince Harry and he and Ms. Markle have regularly spent time there over the last year and a half," reads a statement from Kensington Palace.
"They are grateful to the Queen for granting permission for the use of the Chapel. The Chapel itself has centuries of royal tradition and hosted the weddings of many members of the Royal Family. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are delighted that the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle will be where they begin their lives together as a married couple."
Take a tour of the space below:
A scene on the grounds outside St. George’s Chapel on Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones’s wedding day.
Pictured here is the quire in Gt. George’s Chapel.
The nave of St. George’s Chapel. At the wedding of Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones, the royal family sat on the right-hand side.
The exterior of St. George's Chapel
A photo of the 15th-century fan vaulting at St. George’s Chapel.
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors