Wednesday 24 April 2019

British royal wedding: Dress rehearsals underway as Windsor prepares for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's nuptials

Members of the British Armed Forces were among those taking part in a dress rehearsal days ahead of Britain's highly anticipated royal wedding

Members of the armed forces during a parade rehearsal in Windsor, Berkshire ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 17, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Members of the armed forces during a parade rehearsal in Windsor, Berkshire ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 17, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Karen Birney

Karen Birney

Dress rehearsals are underway in London as the city prepares for the wedding of Britain's Prince Harry to his US actress fiancé Meghan Markle this Saturday.

Members of the country's Armed Forces took to the streets around Windsor to stage the procession that is to take place on the area known as 'The Long Walk' after the couple exchange vows at St George's Chapel at lunchtime.

Royal fans wait to watch members of the armed forces in a parade rehearsal in Windsor, Berkshire ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 17, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Royal fans wait to watch members of the armed forces in a parade rehearsal in Windsor, Berkshire ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 17, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

Bride and groom-to-be Meghan and Harry have also been spotted arriving at Windsor Castle, as royal watchers gather along the streets clad in flags and items of clothing bearing the happy couple's image.

Earlier today, bride-to-be Meghan Markle released a statement confirming that her father would not be present on the day of the wedding after he reportedly fell ill and needed heart surgery.

The former Suits star said in her statement that she has 'always cared for' her father, and hoped he would have the 'space he needs to focus on his health'.

It is widely speculated that the bride's mother, Doria, will now take on the duty of walking her daughter up the aisle on the day.

Members of the armed forces head towards Windsor Castle, Berkshire ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 17, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Members of the armed forces head towards Windsor Castle, Berkshire ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 17, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

The wedding is due to take place at midday on Saturday May 19th and will be broadcast live around the world.

Singer Elton John is expected to perform at the big day, which will see a host of celebrities attending, as well as members of the public.

Teachers and pupils at Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School in Los Angeles will gather at 3am as Meghan Markle, who graduated in 1999, ties the knot with Prince Harry (Victoria Jones/PA)
Teachers and pupils at Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School in Los Angeles will gather at 3am as Meghan Markle, who graduated in 1999, ties the knot with Prince Harry (Victoria Jones/PA)

The couple will stage a procession after the ceremony, before they attend a lunch reception hosted by the queen.

A more informal reception will take place in Frogmore House on Saturday evening, where guests will be treated to canapes and a 'festival style' atmosphere.

The build-up to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding has been marred by speculation surrounding Ms Markle's father's attendance (Victoria Jones/PA)
The build-up to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding has been marred by speculation surrounding Ms Markle's father's attendance (Victoria Jones/PA)
Members of the armed forces head towards Windsor Castle, Berkshire ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 17, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Members of the armed forces head towards Windsor Castle, Berkshire ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 17, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Members of the armed forces head towards Windsor Castle, Berkshire ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 17, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Royal fans wait to watch members of the armed forces in a parade rehearsal in Windsor, Berkshire ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 17, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Members of the armed forces during a parade rehearsal in Windsor, Berkshire ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 17, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Members of the armed forces during a parade rehearsal in Windsor, Berkshire ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 17, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Members of the armed forces during a parade rehearsal in Windsor, Berkshire ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 17, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

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