Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just added even more people to the ever-growing guest list of their May 19 royal wedding: Kensington Palace recently announced that more than 250 members of the British Armed Forces are expected to participate in their big day.
“Prince Harry and Ms. 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,” Kensington Palace said in a statement, PEOPLE reports.
Members of the Armed Forces are expected to perform ceremonial duties throughout the day of the event. According to PEOPLE, the streets near Windsor Castle will be lined with members of the Windsor Castle Guard and Armed Forces personnel, and the processional music will be provided by the Band of the Irish Guards. At the ceremony, members of the Household Cavalry will form a staircase party at St. George's Chapel, and the State Trumpeters and a Captain’s Escort from the Household Cavalry will also reportedly play a role.
“I am proud that members of the Armed Forces have been asked to take part in the ceremonial celebrations taking place on the royal couple’s wedding day,” Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, chief of the Defence Staff, said in a statement to PEOPLE. “It is a happy occasion for the whole country and reminds us of the role the Armed Forces play in marking important events in the life of the nation.”
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Considering Prince Harry spent 10 years serving in the British Army, it's no surprise that he and Meghan have chosen to include his comrades in their special day. “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,” Sir Peach said in the same statement.
As for the rest of us, keep an eye on your mailbox since the official invitations were sent last week.