2,640 Lucky Members of the Public Will Be Invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are inviting 2,640 members of the public to their wedding, Kensington Palace announced Friday.
Those who score the invitation of the year will be invited into the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19, where they'll be able to watch the bride, groom, and guests arrive to and depart from the ceremony at St George's Chapel, including the carriage procession.
"Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have said they want their Wedding Day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too," the official Kensington Palace statement said. "This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters and values of the Bride and Groom."
According to the palace, the lucky guests will include 1,200 members of the public from "every corner of the United Kingdom." Harry and Meghan have asked that "the people chosen are from a broad range of backgrounds and ages, including young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities."
Two local Windsor schools — The Royal School and St George's School — are invited to send 100 students, and 200 people will be chosen from charities the couple "have a close association with."
The remaining public guests will be made up of 610 Windsor Castle community members and 530 members of the royal households and Crown Estate, according to the palace.
The ceremony, which will take place at 12 p.m. GMT, will be followed by a reception at St George's Hall in Windsor Castle. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like these invitations come with a seat at either, so those 2,640 guests will have to revel in getting to see the bride and groom up close on their special day — and then toast the happy couple at a local pub while the royals celebrate behind closed doors.