10 Royal Wedding Facts and Reflections of True Royalty
Even though it’s been nearly 250 years since the United States declared independence from Great Britain, the British royal family is still wildly popular in America. That’s especially true in 2018 with the birth of a new prince and a wedding packed within the year’s first five months.
The excitement of a royal wedding offers another opportunity for reflections of true royalty and an excellent reminder to look forward to that day of even greater anticipation when Christ ultimately returns to earth, “coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband” (Revelation 21:2b).
In the meantime, here are a few facts to know before the marriage of Prince Harry of Wales and Meghan Markle on Saturday, May 19.
1. Prince Harry was the second child of Princess Diana and Prince Charles.
2. Harry is now sixth in the line of succession to the British throne following the birth of Prince Louis, the third child of Prince William and Catherine, earlier this year.
3. Since 1840, when Prince Albert married Queen Victoria, it’s been custom for the groom to be married in military dress.
4. The royal family sits on the right side of the church at the ceremony.
5. The marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be the first British royal wedding in seven years. Prince William and Catherine Middleton were married on April 29, 2011.
6. The Royal Marriages Act of 2013 requires that the first six in line to the throne need the queen or king's permission to marry, meaning Harry had to talk to his grandmother in addition to Meghan’s father.
7. The wedding will take place at St. George’s Chapel, which was built in the 14th century and sits on the grounds of the royal residence at Windsor Castle.
8. Marrying a prince doesn’t make Meghan a princess. Following the wedding, Harry and Meghan are expected to take the names of Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
9. The royal family restrains from voting. By remaining completely separate from politics, they can relate more closely to all of society.
10. As a wedding present, Queen Elizabeth II is expected to gift York Cottage to Harry and Meghan. The cottage is located at Sandringham Estate, a 20,000-acre land near a rectangular bay known as The Wash. William and Catherine live at Anmer Hall on the same grounds.