Here’s what Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will smell like on their wedding day

Roses are red, violets are blue, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a signature wedding scent and now we need it too. 

Yep, you read that right. In addition to bee-friendly floral arrangements and a lemon elderflower cake, the couple’s lavish wedding will include its own bespoke fragrance, aka the most regal thing ever.

The love birds reportedly looked to Queen Elizabeth II’s fave luxury fragrance brand, Floris London, to set the scene scent for their wedding. The decadent perfume is inspired by Bergamotto di Positano, a warm unisex citrus scent made of bergamot, orange blossom, ginger and green tea that was originally created in remembrance of Mary Floris and her hubby, who left his native Amalfi coast in Italy to marry her in England. 

Related: How their wedding will make history 

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Meghan Markle is an American

Meghan Markle is the first American to be officially engaged to a British royal. A few other firsts this bride-to-be checks off: she's a woman of color, divorced, a well-known actor, and was raised Catholic. Markle was just recently baptized and confirmed in the Church of England. After her wedding to Prince Harry, she will have to go through the process of becoming a citizen of the U.K. Don't miss these royal wedding etiquette rules every member of the family must follow.

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The date

The day that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will exchange vows is May 19th, 2018, which breaks a couple royal traditions. To start, the wedding is on a Saturday. In the past, royal weddings have typically been held on a weekday. Queen Elizabeth II got married on a Thursday, Prince Charles and Princess Diana on a Wednesday, and Prince William and Kate on a Friday. Also, the wedding will be held on the same day as Britain’s historic soccer cup competition, the Emirates FA Final Cup. Prince William is the president of the Football Association and usually makes an appearance at the Final Cup. But this year, we guess he has other events to attend!

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The cake

This is just a rumor, but there has been talk that the royal couple's wedding cake will be banana. Multi-tiered fruitcake has typically been the wedding cake choice of royal couples before them. Formal royal chef Darren McGrady said that Harry has always loved anything made with bananas, so it could be the chosen dessert at their wedding. Check out these other weird eating habits of the royal family.

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It's not a holiday

When Prince Harry and Markle announced their engagement, the British government told the public that there "isn't a precedent in this area" for a bank holiday to be declared for the royal wedding. The date, however, falls on a Saturday, so it’s likely that crowds will still be able to gather to celebrate the royal nuptials.

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It won't be as grand as previous royal weddings

Yes, in comparison to your average wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding will be extremely grand. But in comparison to other royal weddings, it’s going to be much more low-key. Since Prince Harry is fifth in line to the throne, there’s less pressure for him to have a super traditional wedding. It’s going to be held in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle just outside of London, which is a little quainter than Westminster Abbey where Prince William and Kate wed. Don't miss these secrets about Windsor Castle you never knew.

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There won't be a famous balcony kiss

Many recently married royal couples have kissed on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. However, since their ceremony is taking place at St. George’s Chapel, they likely won’t be making the hour-long trip back to London and Buckingham Palace to capture this classic royal moment.

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There will be no procession through London

You probably guessed that this isn’t going to happen either. Since the couple likely won’t be coming back to London after the ceremony, there won't be a London procession for the public to congratulate them—however, Kensington Palace announced there will be a procession through Windsor directly following the ceremony at 1 p.m. local time. Find out the special flower that must be included in every royal wedding bouquet.

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They invited the public to their wedding

Prince Harry and Markle want the public to feel as though they are a part of the celebration as much as possible—so they plan to invite 2,640 members of the public to watch them arrive and depart from St. George’s Chapel. Those lucky enough to be chosen to attend the royal wedding will be allowed onto the grounds of the castle for the nuptials.

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There won't be as many dignitaries in attendance

Prince Harry and Markle want the public to feel as though they are a part of the celebration as much as possible—so they plan to invite 2,640 members of the public to watch them arrive and depart from St. George’s Chapel. Those lucky enough to be chosen to attend the royal wedding will be allowed onto the grounds of the castle for the nuptials.

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There will be many more celebs in attendance

Prince Harry and Markle want the public to feel as though they are a part of the celebration as much as possible—so they plan to invite 2,640 members of the public to watch them arrive and depart from St. George’s Chapel. Those lucky enough to be chosen to attend the royal wedding will be allowed onto the grounds of the castle for the nuptials.

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Meghan Markle's father may not escort her down the aisle

Meghan Markle is certainly not afraid to do her wedding her own way. Markle reportedly wants her mother, Doria Ragland, to walk her down the aisle. While this isn’t that much of a surprise given Markle's close relationship with her mother—and many brides have chosen to forgo the classic tradition of having their father walk them down the aisle—for a royal wedding, it’s definitely something new.

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Although seemingly indulgent, this detail is actually in accordance with royal tradition. The royal family and Floris London have been thick as thieves since 1820, when the perfumery first crafted fragrances for Queen Victoria and King George VI. The company currently holds the royal warrant from Queen Liz and Prince Charles, meaning that all fragrance products in every palace are from Floris. The brand even made Kate Middleton and Prince William’s royal wedding scent, Wedding Bouquet, and makes a new scent for the queen on her birthday each year. 

Sadly, we plebs will likely never get the chance to experience Eau de Harry and Meg.  The custom scent is part of Floris London’s private collection, which seldom is available for purchase. 

If you need us, we’ll be sulking in the corner until May 19. 

Related: Secrets from Princess Di's wedding to Prince Charles 

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Dress mishap

Princess Diana's wedding gown was right out of a fairy tale with the exception of the perfume she spilled on her gown moments before she was to walk down the aisle. Make-up artist Barbara Daly dished that when the then-20-year-old went to dab some of her favorite scent, Quelques Fleursher, on her wrist she accidentally doused part of her gown with it, as reported by Express.co.uk.com. The result? While Diana may have looked like she was lifting her dress as to not trample it as she walked, she was actually covering the perfume spot with her hand. There are even photos from that day that capture her holding the fabric as she approaches the altar.

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Wrong vows

Wedding day jitters can happen to anyone—even the future Princess of Wales. Standing in front of the altar in St. Paul's Cathedral in front of all those people seems like more than enough reason for why Diana confused Prince Charles' name, referring to him as "Philip Charles" instead of "Charles Philip."

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The incredible shrinking woman

It took 15 fittings to get Diana's dress to fit for the big day. In the end, her designers, Elizabeth and David Emanuel, said they had to sew her into the dress due to her drastic weight loss since her initial fitting. Diana had dropped from having a 29-inch waist to a tiny 23.5-inch one. "Every time she turned up for a fitting, she had lost more weight," noted Elizabeth Emmanuel to Express.co.uk. "We put it down to nerves. But it did make it incredibly difficult for us to get on with making the dress. We had to keep taking the bodice in and changing the pattern. The last thing we wanted was to make it up in silk, then have to play around with that."

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Something old

The lace on Diana's dress was not just old—it was really, really old. Sourced from antique scraps bought at auction by her dress designers, Doyouremember.com says fabric experts identified it as Carrickmacross lace from the bodice of a gown of yesteryear—all the ways back to Queen Mary's day. Although old lace might not be your fashion go to, check out these go-to fashion tips from Princess Di.

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Hidden message

A secret romantic gesture was hidden beneath Diana's handcrafted wedding shoes. Since the top of the shoe had an elaborate heart, it seems fitting that on the sole, Diana had a custom "C" and "D" painted by shoemaker Clive Shilton. Business Insider reported that Shilton said, "No one even saw the bottom of the shoes, but it was important to us that they looked fantastic. You would have seen much more of them if she'd tripped!"

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A wrinkle in time

The wedding train of Diana's gown was 25 feet long... that's a lot of taffeta! According to Doyouremember.com, that gave the designers a huge challenge. How was the soon-to-be princess going to climb in out of cars and carriages without getting it all messed up? Although they did their best to ensure the fabric would fold well, in the end, the taffeta couldn't avoid becoming crushed and wrinkled.

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Cut the cake(s)

There were a whopping 27 wedding cakes to celebrate Charles and Diana's nuptials, but it was the 5-foot tall cake created by the Naval Armed Forces that Charles sliced with a ceremonial sword. Besides the usual icing, Brides.com reports that the cake was decorated with Prince Charle's coat of arms, the Spencer family crest, the initials "C" and "D," and topped off with flowers including roses, lilies of the valley, and orchids. Check out the one type of cake every royal has served at their wedding.

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The arranged wedding party

Diana was surrounded by a select group of bridesmaids that were far from the usual bridal party made up of high school chums and cousins. Brides.com reports they included the Winston Churchill's great-granddaughter; Charles' goddaughter India Hicks; Charles' racehorse trainer's daughter; and the daughter of close friends of the prince. Fashion editor Suzy Menkes wrote in The Times that they looked like "they could have been plucked from a Victorian child's scrapbook," with the girls carrying baskets of the yellow roses and wildflowers that coordinated with the yellow sashes of their dresses. Besides the wedding party always being made up of children, here are some other royal wedding rules all royals must follow.

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Breaking with tradition

When Diana broke tradition by not including "obey" in her wedding vows, she and Charles became the first British royal couple to ditch the antiquated instruction, according to History.com. However, Diana didn't vary that much from tradition promising to "love him, comfort him, honor and keep him in sickness and health," says Brides.com. But here's another tradition that may be broken when Prince Harry and his bride-to-be walk down the aisle.

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Common brides

Before Diana and Charles got hitched in 1981, a British citizen hadn't married an heir to the throne since 1660, says History.com. This 1660 bride was a true commoner, albeit one with a scandalous secret. A former maid of honor, Anne Hyde, ended up marrying the future King James II because she was seven months pregnant with his child. Sadly, Anne would never become queen, dying in her 30s. However, she wasn't to be the last commoner—far from it. Prince William's beloved, the now Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, was a commoner as well. And his brother, Prince Harry, will be following along when he ties the knot with commoner Meghan Markle in May. 

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Forgotten kiss

It's tradition. You recite your wedding vows and seal your love with a kiss. Perhaps, foreshadowing future angst, History.com reminds us that Prince Charles plumb out forgot the momentous kiss to seal the deal with his new bride. To make up for it the bride and groom smooched on a balcony outside Buckingham Palace for all to see, starting a new tradition that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge emulated on their wedding day, notes ABC News.

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The famous engagement ring was off the shelf

The famous sapphire engagement ring that now adorns the hand of the Duchess of Cambridge, wasn't custom-made, reports Good Housekeeping. Diana selected the white-gold diamond-encrusted ring from the Garrard jewelry collection catalog. 

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