If it hasn't fully sunk in yet that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding is just two days away, we get it—it's almost too unreal. But perhaps this will make it sink in: the bride and groom have arrived in Windsor (the town where they'll be tying the knot), the crowds are gathering, and the rehearsal is officially underway.
Following Harry and Markle's hour-long ceremony at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle (which will no doubt demand its own lengthy rehearsal), the pair will partake in a celebratory ride around Windsor while seated in the royal family's Ascot Landau carriage (pictured below). A covered method of transportation, the Scottish State Coach, is also on deck in case of rain during the wedding. And today, the streets of Windsor are booming with horses and horseback riders for a last-minute run-through of this exciting exiting procession. The wedding participants, both human and stallion, were seen parading around Windsor Castle and the surrounding areas.
Additionally, Markle and Prince Harry decided to include about 250 members of the British Armed Forces in the big day. Military personnel, including members of the Household Cavalry, joined the horse-drawn carriage procession during today's rehearsal, with some on-foot and others also riding horseback. A military band, trumpets and trombones blazing, joined the dress rehearsal as well. Because what would a royal wedding march be without a little music!?
The public is also reveling in this sneak peek of the royal wedding. Fans decked out in their best patriotic gear and with cameras at the ready congregated on the sidewalks lining the street procession. And speaking of the public, a carefully selected crew of 2,640 people will be invited to watch the post-wedding parade from the castle grounds.
Even the wedding-day choir has been prepping in the lead-up to the big day. Harry and Meghan will have numerous musical performers at the ceremony, including the St. George's Chapel Choir. Led by James Vivian, director of music at St. George's Chapel, the choir fine-tuned their vocals inside the wedding venue May 14.
After six long, grueling months of anticipating the royal wedding following Harry and Meghan's engagement, the proof is in the pictures that the big day is finally, finally right around the corner. Hopefully everything runs smoothly pending today's rehearsal (i.e. no rogue horses), and we can't wait to see the actual procession, complete with the newlyweds and all.