As the royal wedding date draws closer for former "bad boy" Prince Harry and his bride-to-be, American actor Meghan Markle, even more juicy tidbits have been released regarding some of the romantic and exciting details for the big day. Some have been revealed on social media and others through the official website for the crown, but we have collected them all and compiled them here. If you aren't up to speed yet, be sure to give our other most recent update a quick read!
Now, onto what has been revealed since then:
The Public is Invited! (Kind of)
Harry and Meghan hinted that they wanted the general public to feel like part of the event, and one of the big ways they're doing it has been released: 1,200 members of the public from all around the UK wil be nominated to attend by "nine regional Lord Lieutenant offices." In monarchy-speak, these are royal administrative offices. Celebrating their diversity as a couple, Harry and Meghan requested that the nominees come from a wide variety of backgrounds and demographic groups, specifically requesting that young people be included. The nominees will have the honor (or honour, for those of you reading from across the pond) of gathering at Windsor Castle to watch Harry and Meghan and their guests arrive.
Here are the Royal Wedding Invitations
We've gotten a juicy preview of the royal wedding invations from Kensington Palace on Twitter, and they're just as opulent as we'd expect. Check them out below:
In an apparent nod to the fact that Harry is, for the first time in the history of the monarchy, marrying an American woman, the royal wedding invitations were printed on English card stock -- but using 100%, all-American ink.
Fun fact: the invitations were printed by a newly-minted printer named Lottie Small. Lottie was fresh of the apprentice's bench, and used a machine she named "Maude" to print the invites. How long until that one shows up on Jeopardy?
Preview the Wedding Cake
Prince Harry teased some ideas for the wedding cake on Twitter, making thousands of followers go wild. First they announced the lucky baker: Claire Ptak, a London-based cake maestro who shares the bride and groom's views on sustanability and food ethics.
You Can Already Buy Commemorative China
An official set of commemorative chinaware has already gone on sale honoring the bride and groom-to-be. The blue, gold, and white china sets are monogrammed with the couple's initials and include mugs, plates, and more, and can be purchased to benefit the Royal Collection Trust at a range of prices online.