Will Meghan Markle Follow American Wedding Traditions When She Marries Prince Harry?

When Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, married in 2011, it wasn't surprising that the couple followed a number of royal wedding traditions. William is second in line to the throne—after his father Prince Charles—and similar to William, his wife is a native Brit.

Prince Harry, however, is sixth in succession and his bride, former Suits actress Meghan Markle, is an American woman. So will the couple fall in line with the typical royal wedding traditions?

More than likely, Harry and Markle will incorporate wedding traditions from both sides of the pond. That doesn't mean Americans should expect to see the newlyweds jumping the broom, a tradition that symbolizes sweeping away the old to create a new bond of unity, after exchanging vows on Saturday.

Unlike weddings in the U.S., which typically feature a wedding party comprised of the bride and groom's closest companions, Markle's wedding party will follow the royal wedding tradition, meaning she won't have a maid of honor. Instead, she will have young bridesmaids. Middleton broke tradition by having her sister Pippa Middleton walk down the aisle behind her, but the rest of her bridesmaids were young girls.

Kensington Palace announced on Wednesday that 3-year-old Princess Charlotte would serve as one of Markle's six bridesmaids, along with two of Harry's goddaughters: Florence van Cutsem, 3, and Zalie Warren, 2. Markle's two goddaughters, Remi Litt, 6, and Rylan Litt 7; and Ivy Mulroney, the 4-year-old daughter of Markle's close friend Jessica Mulroney, will also be in the bridal party.

Although William will serve as Harry's best man, the prince's page boys will consist of his 4-year-old nephew Prince George, his godson Jasper Dyer, 6, and Jessica Mulroney's 7-year-old twins, Brian and John Mulroney.

Bridesmaids and page boys aside, the rest of the royal wedding will likely be more a melding of American and British traditions.

For instance, instead of eating fruitcake after the ceremony—a U.K. custom—the couple opted for a lemon elderflower cake prepared by California native Claire Ptak. However, Ptak's bakery is in London.

Then there's The Kingdom Choir, an African-American choir that is set to perform at the royal wedding. It isn't uncommon for a choir to sing at American weddings held at churches, but in the U.K., Harry and Markle's wedding will likely be the first instance.

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