Every princess needs her Cinderella carriage and Meghan Markle just found hers. Back in February, Kensington Palace announced that following Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's May 19 royal wedding ceremony, the newlyweds will ride through the streets of Windsor in a horse-drawn carriage. (As if their love story wasn't already a fairytale!) Now, the palace has officially announced just which of the royal family's carriages Harry and Meghan will use for their journey through Windsor—because obviously they had several to choose from.
"Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have selected the Ascot Landau carriage for their procession through Windsor Town after their wedding on May 19th," Kensington Palace revealed on social media today. "The carriage is one of five Ascot Landaus in the Royal Mews. The carriages are used in official and ceremonial state events, such as Coronations, Royal Weddings and State Visits," the statement continued, alongside a photo of the straight-out-of-a-storybook carriage on Instagram.
Kensington Palace also introduced us to two new wedding party members joining Meghan and Harry's big day—the horses who'll be pulling their carriage! "Meet Storm and Tyrone," wrote the Palace. "Father and son, two of the Windsor Grey Horses who will pull the Ascot Landau carriage on a procession through Windsor town after the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Markle!"
Note that Meghan and Harry's Ascot Landau 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 imposing and more suited to 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. However, if there's rain on May 19 (perish the thought!), the couple will opt to ride in the Scottish State Coach, a glass-enclosed carriage that'll offer coverage from the weather. Similarly, Princess Diana rode in the royal family's Glass Coach on the way to her own wedding ceremony.
With glass windows and a glass ceiling, onlookers will thankfully still be able to peer inside the Scottish State Coach. (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!)