The World is Officially On Royal Wedding Watch!

Credit: Alexi Lubomirski

Credit: Alexi Lubomirski

We’re just hours away from Prince Harry and Meghan's Royal Wedding! Our favorite royal rebels, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, will be tying the knot at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in England.

I can’t wait to see the dress! And most certainly, the hats.

If like me you weren’t fortunate enough to get an official invitation, then you’ll want to join me in setting the alarm clock for 4am ET [noon London time] Saturday. I’ve already stocked up on my English tea and biscuits, and is all set to cozy up the live coverage of the ceremony.

On November 17, 2017, one year after meeting, it was announced that the Prince Harry and Meghan were engaged. One month later, the Queen green-lighted the marriage. Marching to the beat of their own drum, Prince Harry and Meghan are throwing caution to the wind. Their love story have been a fairy tale, and one in which the royal rule book has pretty much disappeared.

Ms. Meghan Markle--our American Princess, is not a typical royal bride-to-be. She has broken almost every rule the royals have held onto for over a hundred years. She is from a blue collar LA family, mixed-race divorced woman, who identifies as black, as well as raised Roman Catholic. Here are several ways Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding will break with tradition.

The Divorcee Rule: Bound by strict religious rules the royals were forbidden from marrying divorcees. But that was before Meghan Markle. This rule cost King Edwards his throne, when he abdicated so he could marry the woman he loved, laying the path for Queen Elizabeth to inherit the throne.

Holiday Celebrations: Meghan became the first unmarried partner of any royal to be invited and attend a royal Christmas festivities. As tradition would have it, significant others have to wait until marriage before being included in holiday celebrations.

Royal Engagement Photos: Until Harry and Meghan, royal engagement photos have been stoic and void of PDA. Meghan and Harry displayed a level of affection and intimacy that members of the royal family have never shown before. Also, previous wardrobe have been quite demur and frumpy as compared to Meghan’s more modern and stylish look.

The Religion Rule: Since the Queen is the head of the Anglican church of England, royals were forbidden from marrying Catholics. Meghan was raised Roman Catholic and had Catholic schooling. However, Meghan has chosen to be baptized in the church of England and take on her husband’s faith.

The Wedding Day: All royal weddings have been during the week. However, Harry and Meghan will be marrying on a Saturday.

The Guest List: the couple is also breaking with tradition by inviting no heads of state. Instead they have invited about 2,640 members of the public.

The Cake: Royal wedding cakes signal the level of power and wealth, so traditionally the cake is usually a huge fruit cake.  But not this time. Get the official recipe for Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding cake.

If you’ll be watching live, be sure to join the conversation on social, the Kensington Palace is using #RoyalWedding to update us all.

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