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No wedding ring? 7 royal wedding traditions you can expect at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's nuptials

Glamour and splendour aside, there are various rules and traditions to abide by when it comes to a royal wedding.


Yep, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have finally broken the news of their engagement! And we can't stop gushing over how cute the proposal was. And while the pair are as modern as a royal couple can get, the royal family's still pretty big on tradition. Here's what you can expect at their nuptials.


#1 Military wear

Like his older brother Prince William (who tied the knot in a vivid red uniform from the Irish Guards) in 2011, and father in 1981 (Prince Charles was dressed in his naval commander uniform for his wedding to Princess Di), Prince Harry will have to don a military uniform to get wed. Plus, he served in the army for a decade, with the rank of Captain, and undertook two tours of Afghanistan.

This applies to male wedding guests who have served in the military as well. 



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#2 No wedding ring?

While it might seem strange to most of us, it's not uncommon for British blue bloods to ditch their wedding rings when married, like Prince Philip and Prince William (Although for the latter, it was cited as more of a personal preference.) Prince Charles was an exception - he wore his on his little finger throughout his marriage to Princess Diana and even after her death, only removing it in 2005. But with Prince Harry being every part the modern royal, though, we won't be surprised if he bucks this old guard tradition. 


#3 The tiara

What's a royal wedding without a tiara? This is usually borrowed from the royal collection. The Duchess of Cambridge's tiara was on loan from Queen Elizabeth II, and was crafted by Cartier in 1936 (with 739 brilliant-cut diamonds and 149 baguette-cut diamonds!) for the Queen Mother (the late Queen Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon). 



#4 The stag and hen parties

Technically not a royal tradition but you can count on UK groomsmen to take the stag night to another level - they celebrate with a whole weekend of festivities. Will's office disclosed that his party, hosted by brother Harry, was held at a country estate that included close buds James Meade, Thomas van Straubenzee, and Guy Pelly. 

Kate, meanwhile, reportedly had a 'quiet night in' with friends, organised by sister Pippa. We can't wait to see what will be on the cards for Harry and Meghan's stag and hen bashes


#5 The bouquet

Since the wedding of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert in 1840, every British royal bride has had a sprig of myrtle, also known as the herb of love, in their bouquets - all from the same shrub that Queen Victoria planted in her garden at the Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, after her nuptials.

Speaking of which, should the pair be married at Westminster Abbey, it is customary for Meghan to leave her bouquet on the black marble memorial of the First World War solider, a tradition started by the Queen mother, who first left her bouquet in memory of her brother, who was killed in conflict in 1915.



Queen Elizabeth II's bouquet was made up of white orchids and a sprig of myrtle.


#6 Seating plan and guest list

Unless the groom isn't a royal, it is protocol for the royal family to sit on the right side of the church. The carefully planned guest list will also include everyone from royals to church officials, diplomats, foreign leaders and celebrities.


#7 Breakfast to be served

Following the ceremony, a wedding breakfast is to be served - no matter the time of day. In Britain, a wedding breakfast refers to any meal that's eaten after a wedding. But it'll likely be more a sit-down meal or cocktail party with hors d'oeuvres and drinks than say, eggs and toast.