Royal wedding 2018 date and full schedule: When is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day? What time will they wed? Everything you need to know

With just weeks to go until the royal wedding excitement has reached fever pitch.

As the happy couple speed towards the alter we have broken down what to expect on the big day.

From the number of guests to where it is taking place, the couple have planned what is set to be a memorable event.

Here is everything you need to know about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming nuptials.

What date will the wedding be taking place on?

The couple have broken tradition by opting to have their wedding on a weekend. It will take place on Saturday, May 19.

Where will it take place?

The wedding ceremony is due to take place at St George’s Chapel atWindsor Castle at 12pm.

Who is invited?

The couple have invited 2,640 members of the public to Windsor Castle to watch the couple arrive.

Of those members of the public, 1,200 will include young people who have shown strong leadership and those who have served their communities.

Among them are Philip Gillespie, 30, from Ballymena. Philip, who lost his right leg in an IED incident in Afghanistan, raises funds and awareness for ABF The Soldiers' Charity and has just taken part in Invictus Games UK Team Trials for rowing, swimming and archery.

Rashid Bhayat, 38, from Coventry is also on the list.Rashid is CEO of Positive Youth Foundation, a charity set up in 2011 to support young people in challenging circumstances.

Who will be attending the ceremony?

Prince Harry and Ms Markle’s wedding is expected to be much smaller than the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s ceremony which saw 1,900 arrive at the church.

600 guests are expected to attend this years’ ceremony.

So far celebrities who have confirmed they are attending the wedding include the Beckhams and the other members of the Spice Girls.

The couple opted not to invite high profile political figures such as Prime Minister Theresa May and President Donald Trump.

Others celebrities rumoured to be invited include Elton John and George and Amal Clooney.

Who will be Prince Harry’s best man?

When will the bride and groom arrive?

Ms Markle is due to arrive at approximately 11.55am.

If Prince Harry takes a note from his brother William’s book then he will arrive at 11.15am.

When will the other members of the royal family get there?

The remaining members of the royal family including the Queen are expected to arrive at the church between 11.30am and 12pm.

Who will walk Ms Markle down the aisle?

According to Ms Markle’s estranged half-sister, Samantha Grant, her father will walk her down the aisle.

Who will conduct the service?

The Dean of Windsor, David Conner, will be conducting the service and the Archbishop of Canterbury will officiate the wedding vows.

What will happen after the service?

After the couple have said “I do,” they will embark on a carriage procession, commencing at 1 pm along a route including Castle Hill, High Street, Sheet Street, Kings Road, Albert Road, Long Walk and finally Windsor Castle.

What road closures will be in place?

So far the Royal Borough of Windsor has announced two sets of road closures.

There will be one set of road closures from 10 pm on Friday 18 May along the procession route:

Castle Hill, High Street, Sheet Street, Kings Road, Park Street, St Albans Street, Market Street, Queen Charlotte Street, Thames Street, River Street, Brook Street, Windsor Greys Roundabout A308 (Peanut roundabout), Albert Road A308

An additional set of closures will be put in place from 6 am on Saturday May 19:

Maidenhead Road, Clarence Road, Alma Road, St Leonards Road, Frances Road, Barry Avenue, Datchet Road

The council has 6,000 pre-book car parking spaces available at the Review Ground off the Long Walk and access to this car park will be unaffected by the road closures.

Thames Valley police have also warned that more closures could be put in place depending on crowd numbers.

Who will be taking the pictures?

The official wedding photographer will be Alexi Lubomirski. He is the man behind the royal couple’s official engagement photographs which were released in December.

Where will the reception take place?

The wedding reception is due to take place in St George’s Hall where it is rumoured Ms Markle will be making a speech.

Who will be baking the cake?

Chef Claire Ptak from Violet Bakery in London will be making the couple’s lemon and elderflower wedding cake.я
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