The royal wedding dress code: What is a prince to wear?

While speculation is mounting around Meghan Markle and what she’ll wear down the aisle on the big day, WWD is taking a look at royal groom Prince Harry, and how he might dress on May 19.

According to Joseph Waving, military manager at Savile Row tailor Gieves & Hawkes, Prince Harry will most certainly be wearing a uniform, but he doesn’t know which one it will be because the prince is a member of many different forces.

“He did actively serve in the Army Air Force, so it’s more likely to be that, but it’s difficult to tell,” said Waving. “For Prince William’s wedding he wore the Blues and Royals uniform, and that’s the ceremony uniform (rather than) day-to-day uniform that they wear while serving.”

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The guest list

Although the guest list hasn't officially been released -- and we won't know for sure who made the cut until the big day -- many high-profile figures have hinted whether or not they scored an invite. 

Priyanka Chopra, Serena Williams and David and Victoria Beckham are all expected to attend, alongside Meghan's Suits co-stars Patrick J. Adams and Gabriel Macht. 

Since Harry isn't heir to the throne, they aren't expected to invite anybody on an official capacity. President Trump, Melania Trump and the Obamas are not expected to attend.  

The page boys and bridesmaids 

Just a few days before the big day, Prince Harry and Meghan finally revealed who would be part of their pack of bridesmaids and page boys. As expected, two of Duchess Kate and Prince William's children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will take part. Other bridesmaids include Harry's goddaughters Florence van Cutsem and Zalie Warren, Meghan's goddaughters Remi and Rylan Litt, as well as Jessica Mulroney's daughter Ivy.

Along with Prince George, page boys include Brian and John Mulroney and Jasper Dyer.

The first dance 

The royal couple has chosen quite an unexpected song for their first dance. According to reports, Harry and Meghan will take the dance floor as man and wife, dancing to Whitney Houston's hit "I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”

The flowers

In a press release from April 1, it was announced that the couple had chosen Philippa Craddock to design their flowers for the church ceremony.

"Where possible, Philippa will use flowers and plants that are in season and blooming naturally in May, including branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves,” the press release said

The cake 

In March, it was announced that Claire Ptak would be the baker behind Meghan and Harry's wedding cake. The elderflower-flavored creation will incorporate the bright flavors of spring, and "be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers."

Claire's creations were already on Meghan's radar: She interviewed the baker for her lifestyle blog The Tig, which has since been shut down. 

The entrance 

Meghan and Harry will ride in the Ascot Landau, a horse-drawn carriage built in 1883, while departing St. George's chapel following the ceremony. It'll take then through Castle Hill to Windsor Castle. If it rains, they'll have to switch to the Scottish Stage Coach, which was built in 1830 and offers a covering. 

The entertainment

In late April, it was revealed that Prince Harry and Meghan have hand-selected a number of choirs and musicians to perform on their big day. 

According to US magazine, "The performers are Vivian’s choir; 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason; Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir; an orchestra made up of musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia; Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas; trumpeter David Blackadder; organist Luke Bond; and State Trumpeters from the Band of the Household Cavalry."

The night before

According to reports, Meghan and Harry will spend the night before their wedding apart, in two different lavish hotels in London. 

Meghan will stay with her mother, Doria, at Cliveden House Hotel. Prince Harry will be joined by brother and best man Prince William at Cosworth Park. 

The reception 

Following the service, there will be two receptions. The first will be held at St. George's hall for the guests from the ceremony. The second celebration will be held at Frogmore house for a more select group, including the couple's family and friends. 

The menu

Not only will the receptions be joined by food trucks (!) but the dishes served will include "the freshest produce" sourced from places like Her Majesty's estates. One item on the menu? Seasonal bowls. 


Launched in 1771, Gieves & Hawkes has supplied the royal family with uniforms and formal attire for centuries. It was George III – the king to whom the Declaration of Independence was addressed in 1776 – who gave a royal warrant to Gieves, making the company an official supplier to the crown.

“We dressed Prince Philip in his Royal Navy uniform when he was married,” said Waving. “We also dressed Prince Charles in his uniform when he married Princess Diana. There’s a lot of history with Gieves & Hawkes outfitting princes.”

A former solider and now Captain General Royal Marines (an honorary role he inherited from his grandfather, Prince Philip), Prince Harry could wear that uniform for the ceremony.

He has others to choose from, including the one from his most senior military appointment as an army captain in the Household Cavalry’s Blue and Royals. He also has honorary Royal Air Force and Royal Navy uniforms as options.

His older brother Prince William wore a red Irish Guards Mounted Officer’s uniform for his nuptials in 2011.

Then there are the medals: Waving said they are the standard when wearing a uniform, and are markers of service, conduct and bravery in battle.

The prince was involved in two tours of Afghanistan and has received medals for service. “They’re all personal as to where they’ve served,” said Waving.

As for best man Prince William, it’s certain that he will come in his military regalia, while the other guests are a different story.

Waving said that as the invitation called for uniform, morning wear or lounge suit, he predicts that guests will opt for the lounge suit – or traditional tailored suit.

Find out how England is celebrating the royal wedding!

Royal wedding celebrations in England
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Royal wedding celebrations in England
The real die hard royal fans will be camping out in front of Windsor Castle, the royal wedding location, days in advance.
Some towns will even be holding mock royal weddings at their local churches.
Companies have released limited edition versions of their products, like this 'Royal Edition' version of the British cookie, McVitie’s Digestives.
Pub hours may be extended to stay open later, reports Vogue UK.
People have purchases commemorative table settings and will be using them on the big day.
Restaurants and hotels will be hosting royal wedding themed tea parties and events -- like Fortnum and Mason's 'A Right Royal Celebration' afternoon tea.
There will be street parties all over Britain -- thanks to numerous roads closures.
Restaurants, like the Bluebird, will be holding live viewings of the wedding and serving exclusive cocktails!

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