Right up there with the reveal of the bride's wedding dress, the first kiss at a royal wedding is probably one of the most anticipated aspects of the day. And we're sure things won't be any different at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding. After all, does a more exciting phrase than "You may now kiss the bride" even exist? Perhaps, "Will you marry me?" but it's up for debate. Either way, we can all agree that the first kiss is one of the biggest, most anticipated moments of any wedding day. Sure, you've locked lips before, but this one seals the deal! It's your first kiss as newlyweds and it's bound to be special. Now, throw some royal titles and a sea of screaming subjects into the mix and this big moment gets a whole lot, well, bigger.
However, the first kiss at a British royal wedding rarely takes place at the actual ceremony, due to the Church of England forbidding such acts in sacred places like Westminster Abbey. "There will be no kiss during the wedding ceremony," warned Very Reverend Dr. John Hall, Dean of Westminster, ahead of Prince William and Kate Middleton's 2011 nuptials. "We don't do that in the Church of England. That's sort of a Hollywood thing: 'You may now kiss the bride.' It doesn't happen here."
Thankfully though, this ban on liplocks has led to the royal trend of the just-married bride and groom kissing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in front of the masses cheering below, making royal wedding kisses nothing short of iconic.
While Meghan Markle and Prince Harry probably won't drive the hour from St. George's Chapel in Windsor to London's Buckingham Palace following their ceremony for that public peck, royal experts say that we can still expect to see a smooch between the pair come May 19. "They know how eagerly this will be anticipated and I think there is certain to be a kiss for the cameras to reach the vast global audience who will be watching and waiting," royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliam told Express U.K..
Some experts are predicting that Harry and Meghan's first kiss as newlyweds will take place on the steps of St. George's Chapel, but no matter where their lips lock, we're sure the moment will be just as iconic as the royal wedding kisses of years past—like the ones pictured below!