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St. George's Chapel Choir rehearses before the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor. The choir, which dates its origins back to 1348, will also be among those providing music for the ceremony.

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St. George's Chapel Choir rehearses before the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor. The choir, which dates its origins back to 1348, will also be among those providing music for the ceremony. Steve Parsons/Pool via Reuters

St. George's Chapel Choir rehearses before the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor. The choir, which dates its origins back to 1348, will also be among those providing music for the ceremony. Steve Parsons/Pool via Reuters
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Members of St. George's Chapel Choir, Nathan Mcharo, 9, and Leo Mills, 11, sit outside the chapel before rehearsal.

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Members of St. George's Chapel Choir, Nathan Mcharo, 9, and Leo Mills, 11, sit outside the chapel before rehearsal. Steve Parsons/Pool via Reuters

Members of St. George's Chapel Choir, Nathan Mcharo, 9, and Leo Mills, 11, sit outside the chapel before rehearsal. Steve Parsons/Pool via Reuters
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Nursery manager Mike Jones inspects some Dusky Cranesbill geraniums which are being grown for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, at the Royal Parks Nursery in Hyde Park, London. Victoria Jones/Pool via REUTERS

Nursery manager Mike Jones inspects some Dusky Cranesbill geraniums which are being grown for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, at the Royal Parks Nursery in Hyde Park, London. Victoria Jones/Pool via REUTERS

Nursery manager Mike Jones inspects some Dusky Cranesbill geraniums which are being grown for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, at the Royal Parks Nursery in Hyde Park, London. Victoria Jones/Pool via REUTERS
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The couple chose London florist Philippa Craddock, beloved in the fashion industry, to arrange the flower decorations for their wedding. Craddock, whose client list includes designer Alexander McQueen and British Vogue magazine, will use seasonal blooms from around Windsor to decorate the ceremony venue, including white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves. The florist will also use branches of beech, birch and hornbeam from the surrounding parkland and the couple themselves helped select the foliage. "Working with them has been an absolute pleasure," Craddock said. "The process has been highly collaborative, free-flowing, creative and fun ... The final designs will represent them as a couple, which I always aim to achieve in my work, with local sourcing, seasonality and sustainability being at the forefront." After the wedding, the flowers will be distributed to charities.

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The couple chose London florist Philippa Craddock, beloved in the fashion industry, to arrange the flower decorations for their wedding. Craddock, whose client list includes designer Alexander McQueen and British Vogue magazine, will use seasonal...more

The couple chose London florist Philippa Craddock, beloved in the fashion industry, to arrange the flower decorations for their wedding. Craddock, whose client list includes designer Alexander McQueen and British Vogue magazine, will use seasonal blooms from around Windsor to decorate the ceremony venue, including white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves. The florist will also use branches of beech, birch and hornbeam from the surrounding parkland and the couple themselves helped select the foliage. "Working with them has been an absolute pleasure," Craddock said. "The process has been highly collaborative, free-flowing, creative and fun ... The final designs will represent them as a couple, which I always aim to achieve in my work, with local sourcing, seasonality and sustainability being at the forefront." After the wedding, the flowers will be distributed to charities. Dominic Lipinski/Pool via Reuters
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A bumblebee hovers over Dusky Cranesbill geranium plants, which are being grown for the wedding at the Royal Parks Nursery in Hyde Park, London. Victoria Jones/Pool via REUTERS

A bumblebee hovers over Dusky Cranesbill geranium plants, which are being grown for the wedding at the Royal Parks Nursery in Hyde Park, London. Victoria Jones/Pool via REUTERS

A bumblebee hovers over Dusky Cranesbill geranium plants, which are being grown for the wedding at the Royal Parks Nursery in Hyde Park, London. Victoria Jones/Pool via REUTERS
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Queen Elizabeth has given her formal consent to the marriage of her grandson Harry to American actress Meghan Markle in a historic document made of vellum that is decorated with symbols representing the lives of the couple.

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Queen Elizabeth has given her formal consent to the marriage of her grandson Harry to American actress Meghan Markle in a historic document made of vellum that is decorated with symbols representing the lives of the couple. Victoria Jones/Buckingham...more

Queen Elizabeth has given her formal consent to the marriage of her grandson Harry to American actress Meghan Markle in a historic document made of vellum that is decorated with symbols representing the lives of the couple. Victoria Jones/Buckingham Palace/Handout via REUTERS
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Reading "Now know ye", the hand-written Instrument of Consent carries the Queen's signature, "Elizabeth R" and is sealed with the Great Seal of the Realm which is attached to the foot of the document by woven cords. "NOW KNOW YE that We have consented and do by these Presents signify Our Consent to the contracting of Matrimony between Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales, K.C.V.O., and Rachel Meghan Markle," it reads.

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Reading "Now know ye", the hand-written Instrument of Consent carries the Queen's signature, "Elizabeth R" and is sealed with the Great Seal of the Realm which is attached to the foot of the document by woven cords. "NOW KNOW YE that We have...more

Reading "Now know ye", the hand-written Instrument of Consent carries the Queen's signature, "Elizabeth R" and is sealed with the Great Seal of the Realm which is attached to the foot of the document by woven cords. "NOW KNOW YE that We have consented and do by these Presents signify Our Consent to the contracting of Matrimony between Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales, K.C.V.O., and Rachel Meghan Markle," it reads. Victoria Jones/Buckingham Palace/Handout via REUTERS
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The elaborately illuminated document incorporates references to the couple who met in 2016. The design to the left of the text incorporates the red dragon of Wales along with the UK's floral emblems. It also includes three tiny red escallops from the Spencer family Arms, the family of Harry's mother, the late Princess Diana. Representing Markle, the design to the right of the text includes the rose, the national flower of the United States, while two golden poppies are the state flower of California, where Markle was born.

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The elaborately illuminated document incorporates references to the couple who met in 2016. The design to the left of the text incorporates the red dragon of Wales along with the UK's floral emblems. It also includes three tiny red escallops from the...more

The elaborately illuminated document incorporates references to the couple who met in 2016. The design to the left of the text incorporates the red dragon of Wales along with the UK's floral emblems. It also includes three tiny red escallops from the Spencer family Arms, the family of Harry's mother, the late Princess Diana. Representing Markle, the design to the right of the text includes the rose, the national flower of the United States, while two golden poppies are the state flower of California, where Markle was born. Victoria Jones/Buckingham Palace/Handout via REUTERS
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The document, which will be given to the couple after the wedding, is drafted by the Crown Office and illuminated on vellum, a fine parchment made from the skin of a calf that is only used for important state documents. It was made by one of a panel of scrivener artists.

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The document, which will be given to the couple after the wedding, is drafted by the Crown Office and illuminated on vellum, a fine parchment made from the skin of a calf that is only used for important state documents. It was made by one of a panel...more

The document, which will be given to the couple after the wedding, is drafted by the Crown Office and illuminated on vellum, a fine parchment made from the skin of a calf that is only used for important state documents. It was made by one of a panel of scrivener artists. Victoria Jones/Buckingham Palace/Handout via REUTERS
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The Quire in St George's Chapel, at Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have their wedding service, is seen in Windsor, Britain. The Gothic St George's Chapel is located in the grounds of Windsor Castle, which has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. Within the chapel are the tombs of ten sovereigns, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour, and Charles I. In more recent memory, it was the venue of the wedding of Harry's uncle Prince Edward to Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999, and of a service of prayer and dedication to mark the wedding of Harry's father, Prince Charles, to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005.


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The Quire in St George's Chapel, at Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have their wedding service, is seen in Windsor, Britain. The Gothic St George's Chapel is located in the grounds of Windsor Castle, which has been the...more

The Quire in St George's Chapel, at Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have their wedding service, is seen in Windsor, Britain. The Gothic St George's Chapel is located in the grounds of Windsor Castle, which has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. Within the chapel are the tombs of ten sovereigns, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour, and Charles I. In more recent memory, it was the venue of the wedding of Harry's uncle Prince Edward to Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999, and of a service of prayer and dedication to mark the wedding of Harry's father, Prince Charles, to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005. REUTERS/Dominic Lipinski/Pool
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St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle is seen. Their exchange of wedding vows will be officiated by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion. The wedding service itself will be conducted by Dean of Windsor, David Conner.

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St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle is seen. Their exchange of wedding vows will be officiated by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion. The wedding service itself will be conducted by Dean of Windsor,...more

St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle is seen. Their exchange of wedding vows will be officiated by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion. The wedding service itself will be conducted by Dean of Windsor, David Conner. REUTERS/Dominic Lipinski/Pool
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St George's Hall at Windsor Castle is seen. Kensington palace said Harry and Markle would join guests at a reception inside Windsor Castle after the procession. Harry's father, Prince Charles, would later host an evening reception for close friends and family.

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St George's Hall at Windsor Castle is seen. Kensington palace said Harry and Markle would join guests at a reception inside Windsor Castle after the procession. Harry's father, Prince Charles, would later host an evening reception for close friends...more

St George's Hall at Windsor Castle is seen. Kensington palace said Harry and Markle would join guests at a reception inside Windsor Castle after the procession. Harry's father, Prince Charles, would later host an evening reception for close friends and family. REUTERS/Dominic Lipinski/Pool
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Invitations for the wedding are seen after they have been printed at the workshop of Barnard and Westwood in London. The invitations, die-stamped in gold with the edges beveled and gilded, were sent out in March. "His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales requests the pleasure of the company of ... at the Marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales with Ms Meghan Markle," the invitation reads. Men are instructed to wear "Uniform, Morning Coat or Lounge suit" and women "Day Dress with hat".

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Invitations for the wedding are seen after they have been printed at the workshop of Barnard and Westwood in London. The invitations, die-stamped in gold with the edges beveled and gilded, were sent out in March. "His Royal Highness the Prince of...more

Invitations for the wedding are seen after they have been printed at the workshop of Barnard and Westwood in London. The invitations, die-stamped in gold with the edges beveled and gilded, were sent out in March. "His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales requests the pleasure of the company of ... at the Marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales with Ms Meghan Markle," the invitation reads. Men are instructed to wear "Uniform, Morning Coat or Lounge suit" and women "Day Dress with hat". Victoria Jones/Pool via Reuters
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Claire Ptak, owner of Violet Bakery in Hackney, was chosen to make a lemon elderflower cake for the wedding. "It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers," Kensington Palace said in a statement. "I can't tell you how delighted I am to be chosen to make Prince Harry and Ms. Markle's wedding cake," Ptak said in a statement. "Knowing that they really share the same values as I do about food provenance, sustainability, seasonality and most importantly flavor, makes this the most exciting event to be a part of." Markle had previously interviewed Ptak for her former food and lifestyle website The Tig, which she ran for three years before it closed last year as public interest in her relationship with Harry grew. Ptak is originally from California and worked at Chez Panisse in Berkeley under chef Alice Waters before moving to London. She started her own business by cooking at home and selling cakes at a stall on east London's Broadway Market. She set up Violet Bakery in 2010.

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Claire Ptak, owner of Violet Bakery in Hackney, was chosen to make a lemon elderflower cake for the wedding. "It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers," Kensington Palace said in a statement. "I can't tell you how...more

Claire Ptak, owner of Violet Bakery in Hackney, was chosen to make a lemon elderflower cake for the wedding. "It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers," Kensington Palace said in a statement. "I can't tell you how delighted I am to be chosen to make Prince Harry and Ms. Markle's wedding cake," Ptak said in a statement. "Knowing that they really share the same values as I do about food provenance, sustainability, seasonality and most importantly flavor, makes this the most exciting event to be a part of." Markle had previously interviewed Ptak for her former food and lifestyle website The Tig, which she ran for three years before it closed last year as public interest in her relationship with Harry grew. Ptak is originally from California and worked at Chez Panisse in Berkeley under chef Alice Waters before moving to London. She started her own business by cooking at home and selling cakes at a stall on east London's Broadway Market. She set up Violet Bakery in 2010. Victoria Jones/Pool via Reuters
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The Royal Kitchen at Windsor Castle begin preparations for the wedding banquet, May 10, 2018. Royal chef Mark Flanagan said that the focus in the final week before the event is on "bulk preparation" so that maximum time on the day can be devoted to how the food is presented. Flanagan said that the royal couple have been involved in every detail and have tasted everything that will be served on their wedding day. 

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The Royal Kitchen at Windsor Castle begin preparations for the wedding banquet, May 10, 2018. Royal chef Mark Flanagan said that the focus in the final week before the event is on "bulk preparation" so that maximum time on the day can be devoted to...more

The Royal Kitchen at Windsor Castle begin preparations for the wedding banquet, May 10, 2018. Royal chef Mark Flanagan said that the focus in the final week before the event is on "bulk preparation" so that maximum time on the day can be devoted to how the food is presented. Flanagan said that the royal couple have been involved in every detail and have tasted everything that will be served on their wedding day. David Parker/Pool via REUTERS
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"The preparations start early on in the week. We'll be here throughout. We've done lots of trials and tests so everybody is fully aware of what needs to be done. And it's really turning into bulk preparation for the event itself," said head chef Mark Flanagan. "So breaking into smaller teams, getting all the asparagus peeled, the vegetables prepared, that sort of thing, in advance, so that on the actual day it's just the minimal amount of cooking and maximum amount of presentation in the time permitted."

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"The preparations start early on in the week. We'll be here throughout. We've done lots of trials and tests so everybody is fully aware of what needs to be done. And it's really turning into bulk preparation for the event itself," said head chef Mark...more

"The preparations start early on in the week. We'll be here throughout. We've done lots of trials and tests so everybody is fully aware of what needs to be done. And it's really turning into bulk preparation for the event itself," said head chef Mark Flanagan. "So breaking into smaller teams, getting all the asparagus peeled, the vegetables prepared, that sort of thing, in advance, so that on the actual day it's just the minimal amount of cooking and maximum amount of presentation in the time permitted." David Parker/Pool via REUTERS
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Royal Palaces pastry chef Selwyn Stoby and chef de pastie Victoria Scupham begin preparations. Around 30 staff, including chefs and assistants, will be working in the Windsor Castle kitchen on May 19, according to Flanagan.

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Royal Palaces pastry chef Selwyn Stoby and chef de pastie Victoria Scupham begin preparations. Around 30 staff, including chefs and assistants, will be working in the Windsor Castle kitchen on May 19, according to Flanagan. David Parker/Pool via...more

Royal Palaces pastry chef Selwyn Stoby and chef de pastie Victoria Scupham begin preparations. Around 30 staff, including chefs and assistants, will be working in the Windsor Castle kitchen on May 19, according to Flanagan. David Parker/Pool via REUTERS
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The details of the royal wedding menu have not been released, but the couple requested that local seasonal produce be used as much as possible. "All the British vegetables are just coming into season, great tomatoes, all of the wonderful British vegetables just coming through now and that's been a point of focus for us," said royal chef Mark Flanagan. The royal couple have been involved in every detail and have tasted everything that will be served on their wedding day, he said.

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The details of the royal wedding menu have not been released, but the couple requested that local seasonal produce be used as much as possible. "All the British vegetables are just coming into season, great tomatoes, all of the wonderful British...more

The details of the royal wedding menu have not been released, but the couple requested that local seasonal produce be used as much as possible. "All the British vegetables are just coming into season, great tomatoes, all of the wonderful British vegetables just coming through now and that's been a point of focus for us," said royal chef Mark Flanagan. The royal couple have been involved in every detail and have tasted everything that will be served on their wedding day, he said. David Parker/Pool via REUTERS
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Kensington Palace said the Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry would deliver the address at the wedding. Curry would join Justin Welby, the spiritual head of the Anglican communion. Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, was the first African-American presiding bishop when elected in 2015. Welby will preside over the exchange of vows, while the service itself will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor.

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Kensington Palace said the Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry would deliver the address at the wedding. Curry would join Justin Welby, the spiritual head of the Anglican communion. Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church,...more

Kensington Palace said the Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry would deliver the address at the wedding. Curry would join Justin Welby, the spiritual head of the Anglican communion. Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, was the first African-American presiding bishop when elected in 2015. Welby will preside over the exchange of vows, while the service itself will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor. REUTERS/Mike Theiler
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"The love that has brought and will bind Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle together has its source and origin in God, and is the key to life and happiness," Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry said in a statement. "And so we celebrate and pray for them today." Markle was reported to have been baptized by Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in March. The United States-based Episcopal Church is a constituent member of the global Anglican Communion, of which the Church of England is the Mother Church. According to its website, Curry has been active in issues of social justice including immigration policy and marriage equality.

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"The love that has brought and will bind Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle together has its source and origin in God, and is the key to life and happiness," Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry said in a statement. "And so we celebrate and pray for...more

"The love that has brought and will bind Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle together has its source and origin in God, and is the key to life and happiness," Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry said in a statement. "And so we celebrate and pray for them today." Markle was reported to have been baptized by Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in March. The United States-based Episcopal Church is a constituent member of the global Anglican Communion, of which the Church of England is the Mother Church. According to its website, Curry has been active in issues of social justice including immigration policy and marriage equality. REUTERS/Mike Theiler
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Royal Navy personnel practice their ceremonial duties in Fareham. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Royal Navy personnel practice their ceremonial duties in Fareham. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Royal Navy personnel practice their ceremonial duties in Fareham. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
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Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel practice their ceremonial duties in Fareham. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel practice their ceremonial duties in Fareham. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel practice their ceremonial duties in Fareham. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
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Two Windsor Greys, which will pull the carriage, are seen at the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. Harry and Meghan will ride in an Ascot Landau carriage when they take a tour through the town after the wedding ceremony at Windsor Castle. The couple will make their first public appearance as husband and wife in a roughly two mile carriage procession. 

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Two Windsor Greys, which will pull the carriage, are seen at the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. Harry and Meghan will ride in an Ascot Landau carriage when they take a tour through the town after the wedding ceremony at Windsor Castle. The couple...more

Two Windsor Greys, which will pull the carriage, are seen at the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. Harry and Meghan will ride in an Ascot Landau carriage when they take a tour through the town after the wedding ceremony at Windsor Castle. The couple will make their first public appearance as husband and wife in a roughly two mile carriage procession. REUTERS/Victoria Jones/Pool
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Martin Oates, Senior Carriage Restorer, polishes the Ascot Landau, which will be used in the case of dry weather at the wedding. The carriage procession will see the couple ride from the castle through Windsor before returning up the Long Walk, a famous, tree-flanked straight promenade that leads to the castle gates. There are more than 100 carriages in the Royal Mews collection with five Ascot Landaus. Harry travelled in one of them to the wedding of his elder brother William to Kate Middleton in 2011 when he acted as best man.

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Martin Oates, Senior Carriage Restorer, polishes the Ascot Landau, which will be used in the case of dry weather at the wedding. The carriage procession will see the couple ride from the castle through Windsor before returning up the Long Walk, a...more

Martin Oates, Senior Carriage Restorer, polishes the Ascot Landau, which will be used in the case of dry weather at the wedding. The carriage procession will see the couple ride from the castle through Windsor before returning up the Long Walk, a famous, tree-flanked straight promenade that leads to the castle gates. There are more than 100 carriages in the Royal Mews collection with five Ascot Landaus. Harry travelled in one of them to the wedding of his elder brother William to Kate Middleton in 2011 when he acted as best man. REUTERS/Victoria Jones/Pool
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Kensington Palace said the carriage would be pulled by Windsor Grey horses, which have drawn the carriages of monarchs and members of the royal family Queen Victoria in the 19th Century, and would be escorted by members of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. 

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Kensington Palace said the carriage would be pulled by Windsor Grey horses, which have drawn the carriages of monarchs and members of the royal family Queen Victoria in the 19th Century, and would be escorted by members of the Household Cavalry...more

Kensington Palace said the carriage would be pulled by Windsor Grey horses, which have drawn the carriages of monarchs and members of the royal family Queen Victoria in the 19th Century, and would be escorted by members of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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State Trumpeters, who are members of the Household Cavalry who will provide ceremonial support to the forthcoming wedding, stand in their Hyde Park Barracks in London. The Household Cavalry have a ceremonial role to play in most major royal events, from the opening of parliament to "trooping the colour," a large parade to mark the Queen's official birthday.

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State Trumpeters, who are members of the Household Cavalry who will provide ceremonial support to the forthcoming wedding, stand in their Hyde Park Barracks in London. The Household Cavalry have a ceremonial role to play in most major royal events,...more

State Trumpeters, who are members of the Household Cavalry who will provide ceremonial support to the forthcoming wedding, stand in their Hyde Park Barracks in London. The Household Cavalry have a ceremonial role to play in most major royal events, from the opening of parliament to "trooping the colour," a large parade to mark the Queen's official birthday. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Lance Corporal Tom Annetts, a member of the Household Cavalry, polishes a helmet at the Hyde Park Barracks. The wedding will have extra meaning for members of the regiment who served with Prince Harry during his 10-year army career, where he rose to be "Captain Wales" after his father, Charles, Prince of Wales. "We didn't view him as Prince Harry. We viewed him as Mr Wales, our troop leader," Corporal Major Daniel Snoxell, who will line the staircase for the departure of the wedding party, told Reuters. "It just adds that next level of pride, on that personal level, knowing him, knowing that he's found someone to settle down with and to be part of that special day."

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Lance Corporal Tom Annetts, a member of the Household Cavalry, polishes a helmet at the Hyde Park Barracks. The wedding will have extra meaning for members of the regiment who served with Prince Harry during his 10-year army career, where he rose to...more

Lance Corporal Tom Annetts, a member of the Household Cavalry, polishes a helmet at the Hyde Park Barracks. The wedding will have extra meaning for members of the regiment who served with Prince Harry during his 10-year army career, where he rose to be "Captain Wales" after his father, Charles, Prince of Wales. "We didn't view him as Prince Harry. We viewed him as Mr Wales, our troop leader," Corporal Major Daniel Snoxell, who will line the staircase for the departure of the wedding party, told Reuters. "It just adds that next level of pride, on that personal level, knowing him, knowing that he's found someone to settle down with and to be part of that special day." REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Lance Corporal Tom Annetts melts wax onto a boot to be polished at the Hyde Park Barracks. While Harry was at the Household Cavalry's operational wing, based in Windsor, most of the soldiers Harry served with spent time in London's Hyde Park, and many in the London barracks remember their time serving with him even now. Corporal of Horse John Brophy served in the same squadron as Harry in Helmand, Afghanistan, and will also form part of the staircase party at St George's Chapel in Windsor. "He was very forthcoming, he was very friendly, very helpful - he would do his best to ensure those under his command were looked after," Brophy told Reuters.

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Lance Corporal Tom Annetts melts wax onto a boot to be polished at the Hyde Park Barracks. While Harry was at the Household Cavalry's operational wing, based in Windsor, most of the soldiers Harry served with spent time in London's Hyde Park, and...more

Lance Corporal Tom Annetts melts wax onto a boot to be polished at the Hyde Park Barracks. While Harry was at the Household Cavalry's operational wing, based in Windsor, most of the soldiers Harry served with spent time in London's Hyde Park, and many in the London barracks remember their time serving with him even now. Corporal of Horse John Brophy served in the same squadron as Harry in Helmand, Afghanistan, and will also form part of the staircase party at St George's Chapel in Windsor. "He was very forthcoming, he was very friendly, very helpful - he would do his best to ensure those under his command were looked after," Brophy told Reuters. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Temporary media platforms are built along the Long Walk near Windsor Castle. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Temporary media platforms are built along the Long Walk near Windsor Castle. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Temporary media platforms are built along the Long Walk near Windsor Castle. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Farriers replace horseshoes in the Forge of the Household Cavalry. The Household Cavalry was formed in 1992 after the union of the two most senior regiments of the British Army: the Blues and Royals, which Harry and brother Prince William served in, and the Life Guards, who date back to the 17th century when they were formed as bodyguards to Charles II. The ceremonial wing of the regiment, based in Hyde Park, is still used for the daily changing of the guard at Horse Guard's Parade, as well as royal occasions. But while this mounted regiment performs ceremonial duties, the operational wing of the Household Cavalry, which Harry served in, uses armoured reconnaissance vehicles rather than horses.

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Farriers replace horseshoes in the Forge of the Household Cavalry. The Household Cavalry was formed in 1992 after the union of the two most senior regiments of the British Army: the Blues and Royals, which Harry and brother Prince William served in,...more

Farriers replace horseshoes in the Forge of the Household Cavalry. The Household Cavalry was formed in 1992 after the union of the two most senior regiments of the British Army: the Blues and Royals, which Harry and brother Prince William served in, and the Life Guards, who date back to the 17th century when they were formed as bodyguards to Charles II. The ceremonial wing of the regiment, based in Hyde Park, is still used for the daily changing of the guard at Horse Guard's Parade, as well as royal occasions. But while this mounted regiment performs ceremonial duties, the operational wing of the Household Cavalry, which Harry served in, uses armoured reconnaissance vehicles rather than horses. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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A tailor works in the Tailors Shop of the Household Cavalry, which will provide ceremonial support at the wedding.

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A tailor works in the Tailors Shop of the Household Cavalry, which will provide ceremonial support at the wedding. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A tailor works in the Tailors Shop of the Household Cavalry, which will provide ceremonial support at the wedding. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Detail is seen on a sword used by the Household Cavalry. 

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Detail is seen on a sword used by the Household Cavalry. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Detail is seen on a sword used by the Household Cavalry. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir, a gospel group based in southeast England, will be among those performing at the ceremony. Conductor Gibson said they were honoured and excited to have been picked. "It will be a moment that we will always treasure," she said.

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Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir, a gospel group based in southeast England, will be among those performing at the ceremony. Conductor Gibson said they were honoured and excited to have been picked. "It will be a moment that we will always...more

Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir, a gospel group based in southeast England, will be among those performing at the ceremony. Conductor Gibson said they were honoured and excited to have been picked. "It will be a moment that we will always treasure," she said. Rick Findler/Pool via Reuters
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James Vivian, Organist and Director of Music at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

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James Vivian, Organist and Director of Music at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. Jonathan Brady/Pool via Reuters

James Vivian, Organist and Director of Music at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. Jonathan Brady/Pool via Reuters
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State Trumpeters stand in their Hyde Park Barracks in London. The choir from St George's chapel, which dates its origins back to 1348, an orchestra made up of musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the State Trumpeters will also be among those providing music for the ceremony.

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State Trumpeters stand in their Hyde Park Barracks in London. The choir from St George's chapel, which dates its origins back to 1348, an orchestra made up of musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the...more

State Trumpeters stand in their Hyde Park Barracks in London. The choir from St George's chapel, which dates its origins back to 1348, an orchestra made up of musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the State Trumpeters will also be among those providing music for the ceremony. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Members of the Household Cavalry ride out of the Regimental Square at the Hyde Park Barracks in London. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Members of the Household Cavalry ride out of the Regimental Square at the Hyde Park Barracks in London. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Members of the Household Cavalry ride out of the Regimental Square at the Hyde Park Barracks in London. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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