Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle smile as they pose for the media in the grounds of Kensington Palace in London, Monday Nov. 27, 2017. It was announced Monday that Prince Harry, fifth in line for the British throne, will marry American actress Meghan Markle in the spring, confirming months of rumors. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle invite nearly 3,000 people to help celebrate wedding

Thousands will get to celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials up close in May. The couple will open up the grounds of Windsor Castle for their wedding to 2,640 people from all walks of life to help them fete their big day, Kensington Palace said Friday.

The guests, who will come from across the United Kingdom, will be able to watch the bride and groom arrive and be in a prime location to see their carriage procession after the May 19 ceremony.

The number does not include those invited to the ceremony at the castle’s St. George’s Chapel, which seats about 800.

“Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have said they want their Wedding Day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too,” the palace said in a statement. “This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters and values of the Bride and Groom.”

About 1,200 of those invited will be members of the general public. Around 200 will represent charities and other organizations supported by the couple, with local schoolchildren, residents of Windsor and members of the Royal Household making up the balance.

Though it’s still a mystery which stars will attend the royal wedding, Mel B recently said that the Spice Girls are all going, and even hinted that they will perform. Bookies are also betting that Elton John and James Blunt will be at the wedding.

Harry and Markle, an American actress, will marry at noon in St. George’s Chapel, the 15th-century church on the grounds of Windsor Castle that has long been the backdrop of choice for royal occasions.

The couple have said they were “hugely grateful” for the many good wishes they have received and that they wanted to have the public join in to enjoy their special day.

Author: CBS NEWS
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