Last weekend, Kensington Palace released more royal wedding news and finally answered the question of exactly what time the nuptials will take place. (Hint: You're going to need to set an alarm.) The palace press release also stated that after the ceremony, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will ride through the streets of Windsor in a horse-drawn carriage. So here's another question: Out of all the carriages the royal family has to choose from, just which one will the royal couple use for their post-wedding ride? Here's what sources say.
According to People magazine, that big-day decision is really up to the queen, who houses all the carriages on the grounds of Buckingham Palace in the Royal Mews (it's like your garage except without the boxes of holiday decorations and old winter coats), and it's believed that she will choose the Ascot Landau as the carriage her grandson and new granddaughter-in-law will ride in on their wedding day, May 19. Note that this isn't the same carriage Prince William and Kate Middleton used to parade around the streets of London after their nuptials. On the elder prince's wedding day, he and his bride were carried in the Imperial State Landau, a 100+-year-old carriage that had originally been built for Edward VII.
And just as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding venue is smaller (St. George's chapel at Windsor Castle only holds 800 people, whereas Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton wed, can hold up to 2,000 guests), their carriage will also be slightly less grand. “My guess is that it will be an Ascot Landau,” Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, informed People. “It’s not as regal or grand as the Imperial State Landau, but it is perfect for the streets of Windsor.”
You might even remember Prince Harry riding in one with the pint-sized bridal party at his brother's royal wedding!
An Ascot Landau was also used when the queen's youngest son, Prince Edward, married Sophie Rhys-Jones. The couple married at the same chapel as Harry and Meghan will, and similarly paraded through the streets afterwards. Since the Ascot Landau suited the streets of Windsor just fine, it's likely that one will be used again at Harry and Meghan's royal wedding.
However, if there's rain on May 19 (perish the thought!), the couple will probably opt to ride in the iconic glass-enclosed carriage that the groom's mother, Princess Diana, rode in on her wedding day before the weather cleared.
Will and Kate had the glass coach on standby in case of rain at their nuptials, and Harry and Meghan will likely do the same. “It’s the easiest one to see into,” says Little.
Because it would be a real tragedy if our view of Meghan's sure-to-be-beautiful wedding dress is obscured for even a second!