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I believe the Queen doesn't go to Balmoral until August, When George was born she was quoted as saying the baby needed to get here since she was leaving for Balmoral soon-he was born July 22.
Andrew & Sarah got married July 23 and Charles & Diana July 29.

I think Harry and Meghan didn't want to wait another two months to get married.
The Queen used to go later when the two earlier marriages happened. When the Queen Mother was alive, they always waited until after her birthday (aug 4) to go. But they’ve been going in July in recent years.

And I’m sure they didn’t. BRF engagements usually is only about six months. Why should they have to wait much longer than the rest?
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Old 12-16-2017, 11:27 AM
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I wonder will Harry and Meghan use any of Camilla’s grandchildren. William and Kate had Eliza Lopes.

Lola Parker Bowles will be 10 and her brother Freddie 8. The Lopes twins will also be 8.

I know Diana’s sisters have young grandchildren so it would be nice to see one of them used.
Meghan also have goddaughters and Ivy Mulroney that are of the bridesmaid age. I don’t think everyone will be included and it will be more evenly spread out between both sides for this couple.
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Old 12-16-2017, 11:28 AM
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So everyone should calm down about these two events taking place on the same day. There will be no clash and folks will be able to watch the game later on.

Folks need to understand that these royal wedding dates are very well thought out, planned and family schedules are taken into account.
Yeppers. That's what we all need to do. Keep calm and carry on.

Harry and Meghan have no qualms at all about the date. The BRF has no qualms about the date. The Metropolitan Police and any security that will be needed have no qualms about it and perhaps some are even overjoyed as they'll be called in for overtime pay even. Us royal watchers have no qualms about the date as we know where we'll be glued to. Football fans have no qualms about the date as they know their game will go on rain or shine or royal wedding.
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Old 12-16-2017, 11:33 AM
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Didn’t this met police handle a 16 day international sporting event with numerous foreign dignitaries at multiple locations across the southern UK without incident just a few years ago? Compared to the Olympics, I would think this a Windsor wedding/FA Cup final would be easy.
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Old 12-16-2017, 11:34 AM
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The Queen used to go later when the two earlier marriages happened. When the Queen Mother was alive, they always waited until after her birthday (aug 4) to go. But they’ve been going in July in recent years.

And I’m sure they didn’t. BRF engagements usually is only about six months. Why should they have to wait much longer than the rest?
The Queen arrived in Scotland late July this year (2017) and took up residence at Balmoral in August, so I think if Harry and Meghan had wanted to marry in July, barring other events, they could have without disturbing his grandmother's plans.
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Old 12-16-2017, 11:37 AM
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Didn’t this met police handle a 16 day international sporting event with numerous foreign dignitaries at multiple locations across the southern UK without incident just a few years ago? Compared to the Olympics, I would think this a Windsor wedding/FA Cup final would be easy.
Excellent observation. When we think of the coverage of security for a major event like the Olympic Games with sporting events even happening simultaneously all over the place, this wedding/FA football game does sound like real small potatoes.

BTW: A very warm welcome to our "royalty" family here. Glad to see you jumping in and getting your feet wet.
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Meghan also have goddaughters and Ivy Mulroney that are of the bridesmaid age. I don’t think everyone will be included and it will be more evenly spread out between both sides for this couple.
I also wondered about that. I kind of expect her goddaughters will be included. It is a royal wedding but she has loved ones as well. I think they will attempt to balance it out. Jessica is her BFF. I can't not see her by her side.
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Didn’t this met police handle a 16 day international sporting event with numerous foreign dignitaries at multiple locations across the southern UK without incident just a few years ago? Compared to the Olympics, I would think this a Windsor wedding/FA Cup final would be easy.


This is an excellent point. I do think the concern is valid but I don't think it will be as a big issue as some think it will be. It was carefully planned out and the police have dealt with bigger things as pointed out.
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Old 12-16-2017, 11:47 AM
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I wonder will Harry and Meghan use any of Camilla’s grandchildren. William and Kate had Eliza Lopes.

Lola Parker Bowles will be 10 and her brother Freddie 8. The Lopes twins will also be 8.

I know Diana’s sisters have young grandchildren so it would be nice to see one of them used.
Not likely. Kate and William were at an age where few friends were married and had kids. They laid heavily on family, and all his family at that. Like Edward and Sophie, Meghan and Harry both have friends with kids, as well as family closer then Camilla's grandkids. Like the Wessexes, I expect to see far more friend/family bridal party, as well as balanced, reflecting both couple.

Beyond George and Charlotte, Harry has 5-6 godchildren, at least one of whom we know is a great age for a page boy. Meghan has 2 goddaughters, and friends like Jessica who have children (little Ivy).

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Someone mentioned July and August, actually they wouldn’t be able to. The Queen and Prince Phillip is at Balmoral at that point until October.
The Queen actually usually is not there till August. Her first event in Scotland, her official welcome to Balmoral (inspecting the guards) is first week of August. It seems to be around August 7/8.

She has gone earlier in the past and had to stay at a different home, not the main house, as Balmoral was open to the public still. But that's not usual.
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Old 12-16-2017, 11:55 AM
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Didn’t this met police handle a 16 day international sporting event with numerous foreign dignitaries at multiple locations across the southern UK without incident just a few years ago? Compared to the Olympics, I would think this a Windsor wedding/FA Cup final would be easy.
A very good point!!!
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The Queen also spends a week known as "Royal Week" or "Holyrood Week' at Holyrood Palace in Scotland prior to heading to Balmoral.
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If the bridal couple would agree to marry mid-field at halftime during the game, then everyone would be happy.
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The Queen also spends a week known as "Royal Week" or "Holyrood Week' at Holyrood Palace in Scotland prior to heading to Balmoral.
True. But she usually returns to London after. Its the first week of July she is usually in Edinburgh.
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Old 12-16-2017, 12:59 PM
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I'm cracking here up thinking about Harry and Meghan trying the football game excuse. I don't think they wanted to get any special treatment, which also would be unfair, so wedding in the morning and football match in the evening it is.
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To be honest, I think holding the wedding on the Cup Final is a good move. It could draw more people. If you happen to be in London for a soccer match, and you here about a royal wedding, you would most likely see if you can watch it in person. Same can be said for those attending who like soccer, after the wedding you can travel to London for the game. Two popular public events on one day is smart.
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Old 12-16-2017, 01:13 PM
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William, however, may be President Designate of the FA but that role doesn't infringe on his personal life in any way. I bet if someone was to really do some research into it, May 19th may also have something going on in one of the many charities and patronages that the Queen has. Or Anne has. Or Charles has. None of them would pass up Harry's wedding for their patronages though. I'd bet my last holiday nutty bar on that one.

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To be honest, I think holding the wedding on the Cup Final is a good move. It could draw more people. If you happen to be in London for a soccer match, and you here about a royal wedding, you would most likely see if you can watch it in person. Same can be said for those attending who like soccer, after the wedding you can travel to London for the game. Two popular public events on one day is smart.
Another pretty good point. I imagine that there are a lot of Americans that would travel to the UK just because there is a royal wedding and among them, some Americans that are really into UK football too. (My husband occasionally will watch soccer matches on TV) and it would be a big added bonus to have both events going on at the same time. Especially for a wife that is more interested in the royal wedding whereas the hubby would rather follow a FA final game.

Both of these events garner a lot of tourism and that's good for the UK economy.
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Old 12-16-2017, 01:29 PM
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Didn’t this met police handle a 16 day international sporting event with numerous foreign dignitaries at multiple locations across the southern UK without incident just a few years ago? Compared to the Olympics, I would think this a Windsor wedding/FA Cup final would be easy.
The police had fully 7 YEARS to plan, train and rehearse what they were going to do during the Olympics. They drafted police from all over the UK as well as the Army and private companies to help with security. For this they have a heck of a lot less time.

The Met Police in London may have 37,000+ officers but only a very tiny % of those officers are armed - that is the point I am making. There will be a premium on armed police that weekend as the security operation for events like this doesn't just encompass the few hours during which they happen but also the days leading up to them.

The Queen could quite easily have left Balmoral for 1 single day in July or August. The Queen's Flight would have got her there in supreme comfort and she would've been back in Scotland with the midges within what, 12 hours?

Plus the chances of good weather would have been better. The idea that it had to be May and no other month is pure fantasy.
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To be honest, I think holding the wedding on the Cup Final is a good move. It could draw more people. If you happen to be in London for a soccer match, and you here about a royal wedding, you would most likely see if you can watch it in person. Same can be said for those attending who like soccer, after the wedding you can travel to London for the game. Two popular public events on one day is smart.
Windsor is not in London, it's about 30 miles away. On public transport on a day with very busy events happening that journey would be a nightmare and I can't imagine anyone in their right mind trying to do it.
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Old 12-16-2017, 01:34 PM
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Yes because asking a couple who are in their 90's to make a round trip visit from Scotland for a day for a wedding is far more reasonable then asking football fans to watch a wedding HOURS before the game

London is not the only police in the UK. And certainly this is not the only time there have been two major events at the same time. Its quite possible why St George's may have been considered. Having a wedding in London on the 19th would have been a security nightmare. Windsor is a much simpler option.
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I agree with Countessmeout here on both her points.

It is unreasonable to ask an elderly couple to make such an exhausting journey, plane or not. Anyone who would suggest this as a reasonable alternative obviously knows no one this elderly.

I don't doubt police from outside London and Windsor and possibly military personnel will be called upon for these events if necessary. This is one day--not several weeks. I don't think they are starting from scratch here either.
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