While most people invite relatives and close friends and offer a cash bar, a royal wedding is naturally different. The upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is no exception. Kensington Palace has released a statement to say that among the guests invited to the wedding are 1,200 members of the British public.

Plans shaping up for the royal wedding on May 19

As noted by ABC News, the total count of people entering the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19 for the joining of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has just reached an impressive 2,640 people.

All those guests will have the honor of watching the bride and groom arrive and depart, but not all will be at the ceremony itself. Among those invited are school children, Windsor residents, charity workers and members of the various royal households.

According to Kensington Palace, both Prince Harry and Markle want members of the general public to enjoy and be part of their celebrations too. The statement went on to say that their wedding, like all weddings, is set to be a moment of joy and fun, reflecting the values and characters of the bride and groom.

1,200 members of the public to attend wedding of Prince Harry and Markle

Breaking down the numbers, 1,200 of the guests will be the member of the public, coming from a range of different backgrounds and ages. There will be 200 charitable workers and 610 members of the Windsor Castle community. 100 local school children will attend, as well as 530 members of the Crown Estate and the various royal households.

Prince Harry and Meghan will be wed at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19 at midday. As reported by the BBC, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will marry the pair, while the Dean of Windsor, the Rt.

Rev David Connor, will conduct the wedding service in the chapel, which holds around 800 people, making it an intimate setting for the wedding. Prince William and Kate were married in Westminster Abbey, which was a much grander and larger event.

Carriage tour after the wedding

Their life journey then begins as they travel in a royal carriage through Windsor at 13:00 GMT, watched as Prince Harry and Meghan depart by the lucky members of the public and guests on the grounds. The carriage will then proceed along a route through the surrounding area, ending up back at Windsor Castle, along streets thronged with well-wishers. That route is included below.

A reception will be held at St. George’s Hall for guests who had been in the congregation, and Prince Charles will be hosting a private reception for the couple, friends and family that evening.