Royal Wedding: 50 Things to Know about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Upcoming Marriage

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On May 19, 2018, one of the most anticipated events of the year will finally take place: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will walk down the aisle and take their vows. Around the world people will indulge their fascination with Britain's royal family and revel in the fairy-tale opulence of it all.

The distinctive personalities of both bride and groom mean this promises to be a royal wedding like no other.

Markle, 36, is an American divorcee, a former Hollywood actress, and a feminist. She has frequently engaged in humanitarian work, including as an advocate for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, and as a counsellor with One Young World, an international charity that seeks to address a wide range of issues.

Prince Harry, 33, for his part, was the 'bad boy' of the royal family for much of his youth, first as a troublemaker at school and then by partying across the globe. Having served in the British Army, including a tour of Afghanistan, he has since given his time and influence to humanitarian causes, perhaps most famously setting up the Invictus Games, a sports tournament for injured or disabled veterans.

About 600 guests are expected to attend the service in St. George's Chapel—plus a further 2,640 of the general public invited to Windsor Castle's grounds—but the world will be watching. Almost 23 million Americans tuned in to watch the last major royal wedding, Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011, according to Nielsen figures, and the Empire State Building was lit up in the colors of the Union Jack. With an American-born "California girl" playing a leading role this time round, the audience in May is expected to be even bigger.

Here we run through every detail you need know ahead of the big day. What will she wear? What will he wear? Who will be there? Who won't be there? You'll find the answers to all these questions and more by clicking through.

01 - Prince Harry
The groom: Henry Charles Albert David Mountbatten-Windsor, better known as Prince Harry. One of the more mischievous members of the Royal Family, he’s admitted to smoking marijuana as a student, has been photographed wearing a Nazi uniform to a fancy dress party, and infamously initiated a game of strip poker on a trip to Las Vegas, from which photos were leaked, so his bachelor party could be quite an event.Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images
02 - Meghan Markle
The bride: Rachel Meghan Markle. Not your average royal-to-be, she is divorced, mixed-race, Californian and a TV celebrity, most famously starring in the series "Suits." Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images
03 - St George's Chapel
The wedding will be held at St George's Chapel on May 19 at noon local time (7 a.m. EST). It will be on the same day as the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium, which starts a few hours later. The chapel and Windsor Castle was built in the 14th century and has previously hosted 15 royal weddings.Chris Jackson/Getty Images
04 - Public Holiday
Will warm weather lovers be able to soak in some sun, like the people above? For the April 29, 2011, wedding of Prince Harry’s brother Prince William to Kate Middleton, a public holiday was announced. The current British Prime Minister, Theresa May, seems unlikely to do the same. She has suggested that seeing “a young couple in love” will be enough to “cheer people up.”Oli Scarff/Getty Images
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Thousands flocked to Buckingham Palace to see the newly married Kate Middleton and Prince William in 2011. More than 100,000 are expected to visit Windsor Castle on the day of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding. GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images
05 - St George's Hall
The lunch reception will be held after the wedding at St. George’s Hall, an opulent chamber within Windsor Castle that is known for hosting large, stately banquets.Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images
06 - Frogmore (Flickr)
The evening reception—which will be restricted to only 200 guests—will be in Frogmore House, a beautiful English Country House within the grounds of Windsor Castle.Flickr, Karen Roe
07 - Invitations
The invitations were the responsibility of the venerable Barnard & Westwood, a fine printers and bookbinders who have held a Royal Warrant for Printing & Bookbinding by Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen since 1985.Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images