Originally Posted by MaiaMia_53
Well, Will & Kate weren't interested in inviting heads of state whom they weren't familiar with. Reportedly, the Queen told them to tear up the 'guest list' provided by the government/royal courtiers and write up their own list with the people they preferred to invite to their wedding. Once again, they did not invite too many heads of state they didn't know. Even the Obamas were left off. Although, the Queen made it up to President Obama and Michelle Obama in May 2011 by inviting them to a state dinner. Sometime later, Barack and Michelle met William and Kate, and they are friends now. Of course, Harry is even more friendly with the Obamas, who are sure to be invited to his wedding.
We'll have to wait and see how the details will be handled. And of course, it's the engagement that we're waiting to hear announced first.
1. It wasn't a state wedding.
2. They invited several royal heads of state. 10 attended, others were represented by their heirs or other family members. They weren't familiar with none of them.
3. They invited 13 Commonwealth governors-generals. They weren't familiar with none of them.
4. They invited several Commonwealth prime ministers. 6 attended (7 if you count David Cameron). They weren't familiar with none of them.
5. The Queen (according to William) did tell them to tear up the guest list, but she also said that there was people that needed to be invited.
6. Maybe you meant to be ironic, but the Obamas weren't invited to the state dinner at BP because the Queen wanted to ''made it up to'' them. It was a state banquet during a state visit, which the British government wanted to take place.
Originally Posted by Lady Nimue
That is a very interesting suggestion. Wonder if he will. And also, the bride usually has the wedding in her hometown.
That would be the modernizing beyond modernizing!
I respect your opinion, but the one of the two thing that I'm 100% sure of is that Harry will be married in the UK. Why? Because he's the son of the Heir/Monarch and in that capacity a senior member of the british monarchy.
The other thing I'm 100% sure of is that the wedding never ever will take place at St Paul's. Why?
1. He isn't the heir or the eldest child of the heir.
2. The Cathedral wasn't used for William, but Harry wouldn't have been allowed to marry there anyway, even if it had been used in 2011.
Edward had a much lower profile than Harry, but there was great interest from both British and foreign media for his wedding in 1999.
Originally Posted by Pranter
After hearing what Harry said recently about his brother marrying where his mother's funeral was...that Diana's presence was there, and he seemed to think that was great...I fully expect him to marry at Westminster. It will surprise me if he doesn't.
I expect him to marry in his military uniform.
Where will a possible Harry/Meghan wedding take place?
Former Royal Weddings:
Princess Elizabeth - November 1947: To and from Westminster Abbey in closed carriages and appearance on the balcony.
Margaret - May 1960: To and from Westminster Abbey in closed carriages and appearance on the balcony. (That had not happened today, I think)
Anne - November 1973: To and from Westminster Abbey in closed carriages and appearance on the balcony. (That had not happened today, I think)
Charles - July 1981: To and from St Paul's Cathedral in open carriages and appearance on the balcony.
Andrew - July 1986: To and from Westminster Abbey in open carriages and appearance on the balcony. (That had not happened today, I think)
Edward - June 1999: A televised Royal Wedding at St George's Chapel with a carriage procession in Windsor. Why? Because there was no appetite for a big Abbey wedding after the wars of Waleses, the divorces, the Diana craziness and her tragic death. But as I wrote above, the monarchy was as popular as ever, and were not recovering from Diana's death.
William - April 2011: A scaled-down wedding in comparison with the Abbey weddings mentioned above. Why? Due to the financial crisis.
And of Course smaller than in 1981. Why? He wasn't the heir and his wedding was therefore not a state event.
To Westminster Abbey in cars and back to the palace in open carriages for William/Kate and the bridal party, and closed carriages for the Queen/Philip, Charles/Camilla and Kate's parents and appearance on the balcony.
A possible wedding for Harry:
The monarchy is as popular as ever with record high support in several polls since 2002, some of over 80%, but we live in a different era with a more critical press than we did in the 60s, 70s and 80s.
And remember: William is the eldest son of the heir, and he was as popular as Harry (if not even more) when he married, and there were still complaining from media and other people about the costs etc.
I'll therefor be very surprised if he gets a Abbey wedding with a carriage procession and a balcony apperance.
I think we'll see much of the same as we saw for Edward in 1999, A Televised Royal Wedding at St George's Chapel with a carriage procession in Windsor.
I can of course be wrong, and I will be the first to admit it if I am.