Royal Wedding graphics package

On May 19, 2018, Prince Harry of the United Kingdom -- once voted Britain's most eligible bachelor -- marries American former actress Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. They will live at Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace in London.

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GN36018 Profiles of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

GN36389 Line of Succession to the throne of the United Kingdom

GN36387 St George's Chapel with interactive GN36410

GN36388 Wedding procession route through Windsor

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The drawing of St George's Chapel -- When Ninian Carter set about producing an isometric drawing of St George's chapel for Graphic News' Royal Wedding package, he started a blog (I suspect so he wouldn't be interrupted by people asking how he was getting on!). So anyone who is interested in watching paint dry "digital style" can do so by going to Isometric cut-away step by step

• At the time of his wedding, Prince Harry will be sixth in the line of succession to the British throne -- after his father Prince Charles, his elder brother Prince William, and Prince William's children George, Charlotte and the new baby due this month, April 2018. Prince Harry therefore had to obtain permission from the Queen to marry under the Succession to the Crown Act 2013.

• By tradition, male members of the Royal family receive a title from the monarch on their wedding day. The vacant title Duke of Sussex is regarded as the most likely choice for Harry, meaning Meghan would become HRH The Duchess of Sussex.

• Miss Markle is the first person of mixed race heritage to marry into the British royal family, and also the first American. Mrs Simpson, later known as the Duchess of Windsor, was also American but her intended marriage to King Edward VIII caused a constitutional crisis that led to his abdication prior to their marriage.

• The wedding service will begin at 12:00 in St George's Chapel and will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, The Rt Revd. David Conner. The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Revd. and Rt Hon. Justin Welby, will officiate as the couple make their marriage vows. The Archbishop is the most senior bishop of the Anglican Church, and baptised Meghan into the Church of England in March. St George's Chapel is a “Royal Peculiar” meaning it is under the direct jurisdiction of the monarch (rather than a diocese or archdiocese).

• Their plain gold wedding rings have been created from pure Welsh gold from the Clogau St. David Gold Mine in Dolgellau, Wales, a royal tradition that began 95 years ago when Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the future Queen Mother, married the then Duke of York on April 26, 1923.

• St George’s Chapel has been a venue for Royal weddings since the future King Edward VII married Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863. Harry’s father, Prince Charles, celebrated his marriage to the former Camilla Parker-Bowles there in 2005. It is considered to be one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England. The Gothic style flourished in Europe during the High and Late Middle Ages, from the 12th to the 16th centuries. The magnificent fan vaulted ceiling was completed in 1528, during the reign of Henry VIII.

• St George's Chapel is located inside the walls of Windsor Castle, built by William the Conqueror at a strategic location on the River Thames following the Norman invasion of England in the 11th century.

• At 13:00BST following the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds will make a carriage procession through Windsor, including Castle Hill, High Street, Sheet Street, Kings Road, Albert Road and Long Walk before they return to Windsor Castle.

• The first of two receptions will be held in the splendour of St George’s Hall for all 800 guests attending the ceremony. Later that evening, Prince Charles will host a more intimate, private reception for the couple and their closest family members and friends.

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