Royal Wedding: Harry and Meghan Invite More than 250 Soldiers to Play 'Special Role'

The British Ministry of Defense has agreed to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's request to allow members of the military to take part in the Royal Wedding scheduled for May 19.

More than 250 soldiers, members of different regiments that have a "special connection" to Prince Harry, will perform ceremonial duties around Windsor Castle, the royal residence where the wedding will take place.

"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 honored to offer their support," Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, chief of the defense staff, said in a statement.

Just announced: Members of the Armed Forces will provide ceremonial support at the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle. Units with a special connection to Prince Harry will take part in the carriage procession at the request of Kensington Palace.

— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) March 28, 2018

Prince Harry spent a decade serving in different regiments of the British Armed Forces. He began his officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2005 and joined the Household Cavalry regiment known as the Blues and Royals a year later, achieving the rank of lieutenant in 2008. He then went on to train with the Army Air Corps, receiving his provisional wings from his father Charles, the Prince of Wales, in 2010.

He was deployed twice to Afghanistan, the first time spending more than 10 weeks in the Helmand Province, where he served with the 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles in 2007. He returned to the battlefield for a 20-week deployment with the 3 Regiment Army Air Corps between 2012-13.

Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle leave after a visit to the Eikon Exhibition Centre in Lisburn, Northern Ireland on March 23, 2018. Niall Carson/Pool via Reuters

Harry is also attached to the Navy, holding the title of Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving, as well as with the infantry, where he took on the role of Captain General Royal Marines from his grandfather Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, in December 2017. He is also Honorary Air Commandant of the Royal Air Force Honington.

"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," said a spokesperson for Kensington Palace.

As part of the wedding arrangements, the Household Cavalry will form a staircase party at Windsor Castle's St George's Chapel, where the ceremony will be officiated. The State Trumpeters and a Captain's Escort from the Household Cavalry will also provide ceremonial support, the Ministry of Defense said, without further specifying the role.

Members of the Armed Forces associated with Harry's military career will line the streets within the precincts of the castle, along with Windsor Castle's 1st Battalion Irish Guards. The music will be provided by the Band of the Irish Guards.