Who Is Meghan Markle's bridesmaid, Florence van Cutsem?

With their wedding just days away, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially announced the littlest members of their wedding party: the bridesmaids and page boys. And there’s a reason one of the bridesmaids may look familiar. Florence van Cutsem, a goddaughter of Prince Harry, is from a family with a grand legacy of stealing the show at royal weddings.

That’s because her cousin, Grace, became the subject of memes across the Internet when she covered her ears and made a face while Prince William and Kate Middleton shared their wedding kiss. Grace, Prince William’s goddaughter, is the now-10-year-old daughter of Hugh and Rose van Cutsem.

Grace van Cutsem at Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding

Florence, for her part, hasn’t been photographed at any royal events just yet, and that’s probably since she’s only 3. Her parents, Alice van Cutsem and Major Nicholas van Cutsem, are also part of a family with extremely close ties with the royal family.

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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. 


Florence and Grace’s fathers, Nicholas and Hugh, are brothers; they also have two other brothers, Edward and William. They are all sons of Hugh Sr., Prince Charles’ best friend from Cambridge, meaning the royals are very close to the family. Hugh Sr. and his wife, Emilie, were neighbors to the Queen in Sandringham.

William, Edward, Hugh Jr., and Nicholas van Cutsem with Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at a requiem mass for Hugh van Cutsem, Sr.

Edward is Charles’ godson and served as one of two page boys in his wedding to Princess Diana; the Queen and Prince Philip attended Edward’s wedding in 2004. Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, along with Prince William and Prince Harry, attended the funeral of patriarch Hugh Sr. back in 2013. And William van Cutsem is Prince George’s godfather.

As for Grace, she’s now 10 years old and the sister to two brothers, and seems a lot less grumpy than she was at Buckingham Palace, according to her mother’s Instagram account.


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