All eyes are on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leading up to their fast approaching May 19 wedding, but what about Queen Elizabeth? It may be her grandson's nuptials, but surely Her Majesty gets to play a special part in the big day, considering she's the Queen of England and all, right?
Harry and Markle have already locked in Queen Elizabeth's official stamp of marriage approval, so where else can this royal leave her mark when it comes to wedding planning? Royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight that, based on Harry's close relationship with his grandmother, the Queen will most likely have her own incredibly distinct role when he weds Markle.
"I'm told from my sources at Windsor Castle that [Queen Elizabeth] is being very, very accommodating," Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight regarding the royal wedding. "She has said to the couple, 'This is your wedding, this is your day. Plan it as you want it.' [This] is very generous because, don't forget, the Queen is opening up her home."
The couple truly has taken the reigns and delved into the more non-traditional route when it comes to wedding planning, from Markle planning to be the first royal bride to deliver a wedding speech to reportedly requesting her mother to walk her down the aisle. Regardless, it seems the pair still has Her Majesty's blessing.
"Don't forget she's hugely close to her grandson," Nicholl added. "They have a very special relationship. She is thrilled to be seeing Harry settle down and finally marry. She's going to want to be a very important part of that day and indeed she will."
However, there's one wedding ritual the Queen will most likely choose to sit out—busting a move at the reception. "I think when it comes to the evening reception and certainly the party, if the Spice Girls are performing then, I don't think the Queen's going to be on the dance floor," Nicholl reported. There's also rumors of an Elton John performance, to which there's one song in particular actor James McAvoy revealed he would love to see the Queen dancing to. Unfortunately, looks like that dream won't be a reality.
Nicholl also delved into the Queen's relationship with Markle, who has since attended two public engagements together. Despite Markle not exactly filling the cookie-cutter British royal role, Nicholl believes she's won over the Queen. "Everything I heard from the sources I spoke to was that she really felt from the outset that Meghan was a positive person in Prince Harry's life," she said. "That she made him very happy and that she was really very supportive."
Queen Elizabeth also invited Markle to spend Christmas with the royal family, which came as a bit of a shock considering she didn't extend the invite to Kate Middleton before her marriage to Prince William. Hopefully, before long these two will be thick as thieves, and maybe they can even look to one another for fashion inspiration.
Even though we probably won't see the likes of Queen Elizabeth fist-pumping to "Wannabee," we're still looking forward to seeing how Harry and Markle will include this leading lady in their big day (and whether she'll give them a corgi as their wedding gift).