By Lena Katz, Correspondent
The upcoming royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, is an event that will go down in history for a number of reasons.
For starters, Meghan is a mixed race American woman, which is a first for the royal family. The wedding has been highly anticipated, and it will be a significant change for the family.
Sharon High freshman Yvette Nau says that Markle is a great example of the next generation of royals. She says that Meghan’s different background is something fresh and admirable. “She’s biracial, her parents are divorced, and she herself is also divorced. I think the fact that the royal family has accepted her so much into the family shows that the royals can change and divert from the strict image that they’ve created” she said.
The wedding is set to take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, UK. This chapel seats approximately 800 people. More than 600 people have been invited to the event. One of the possible guests is former spice girl and model, Victoria Beckham, but her attendance is not yet confirmed. There is also wide speculation that Serena Williams, a longtime friend of Markle, will be attending the wedding.
Celebrity guests also include Elton John, who has cancelled his May 18 and May 19 Las Vegas performance dates to attend the big day. He has a special connection to the royal family, having performed his heartbreaking song Candle in the Wind at Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997.
One issue with the nuptials is the question of who will walk Meghan down the aisle. Her father, Thomas, will not be in attendance following a scandal where he was caught staging photos of himself with the paparazzi. He said that the photos looked “stupid and hammy”. He has decided not to attend the wedding, out of concern that he will embarrass Meghan or the rest of the royal family. He also says he suffered a heart attack recently.
Mark Flanagan, royal chef, is in charge of the food preparation for wedding. He says that the key to making a perfect meal for an event of this caliber is to set up everything beforehand so it all runs smoothly. “We’re breaking into smaller teams, getting all the asparagus peeled, the vegetables prepared, that sort of thing in advance. So on the actual day it’s just the minimal amount of cooking and maximum amount of presentation time” he said.
Pastry chef Selwyn Stoby adds that to cook for a royal wedding is a very big privilege and a great honor. “You don’t get many opportunities in your lifetime to do a royal wedding so this is very very special. The care, the attention, the details and everything it really is very exciting” he said.
Princess Charlotte, the daughter of Prince William and Duchess Kate, will be participating in the wedding as one of the six young bridesmaids. Her four year old brother George will be a pageboy alongside three other young boys. A palace spokesman says that Markle will not have a maid of honor because she feels it would be unfair to choose just one from all her friends.
“She has a very close-knit circle of friends and she didn’t want to choose one over another… All have been actively involved in helping her prepare for the day and will be there in the days beforehand. She’s very happy to have her support,” said Markle’s spokesperson.
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