Harry and Meghan involve Armed Forces in wedding celebrations

With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding just under two months away, it has been revealed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are giving the Armed Forces a supporting role in their wedding. The Ministry of Defence announced that regiments and units with a special connection to Prince Harry will line streets within the precincts of Windsor Castle on May 19th.

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Household Cavalry

Over 200 members of 1st Battalion Irish Guards and personnel from the Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving, Royal Marines, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps and RAF Honington will all line the streets adding to the spectacle of the very special day.

In addition to the lining of the streets, the ceremony will be enhanced by the spectacle of Household Cavalry troopers in their gleaming breastplates lining the staircase at St George’s Chapel – the venue of Harry and Meghan’s nuptials.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chief of Defence Staff, commented on the announcement, “I am proud that members of the Armed Forces have been asked to take part in the ceremonial celebrations taking place on the royal couple’s wedding day. It is a happy occasion for the whole country and reminds us of the role the Armed Forces play in marking important events in the life of the nation. I am particularly pleased to hear that members of the Armed Forces who have a close relationship with Prince Harry will be taking part. Servicemen and women from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force will all be honoured to offer their support.”

Prince Harry’s roles include:

  • Captain General of The Royal Marines
  • Commodore in Chief of Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving.
  • Honorary Air Commandant of Royal Air Force Honington

Prince Harry also served as an Apache Pilot in Helmand Province, Afghanistan with 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps as well as serving with the 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles in Afghanistan in 2007.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19th.

A Kensington Palace spokesperson commented, “Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle are pleased that members of the Armed Forces will play such a special role in their wedding. The military, and these units in particular, hold a great significance for Prince Harry and the couple are incredibly grateful for their support.”

Photo Credit: Captain Roger Fenton

 

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