All eyes will be on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on May 19 as the royal couple gets married at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. This year’s big royal wedding will be a spectacle to behold, with guests traveling from around the world to witness the special moment for the American actress and her royal beau.
While St. George’s Chapel has particular significance for Prince Harry — he was baptized there back in 1984 — it’s also a venue with significant roots for the rest of the royal family.
Here’s everything you need to know about the historic location where Markle and Prince Harry’s royal wedding will take place.
Where is Windsor Castle?
Blue skies over Windsor Castle in Berkshire, as people walk along the Long Walk. Steve Parsons – PA Images—Getty Images
Steve Parsons – PA Images—Getty Images
Windsor Castle is located about 22 miles from central London, in the quaint town of Windsor. Built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, 39 of England’s ensuing monarchs have since called Windsor Castle home, making it the oldest — and, at 13 acres, largest — continually inhabited royal residence in the world. It’s still, in fact, one of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s favorite spots to stay on the weekends and during holidays. (Visitors will know she’s around if the royal flag is flying.) Queen Elizabeth usually spends much of the spring at the residence as well.
Where is St. George’s Chapel?
A general view shows St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on February 11, 2018. Dominic Lipinski—AFP/Getty Images
Dominic Lipinski—AFP/Getty Images
St. George’s Chapel, an intricate Gothic space, is located on the Windsor Castle grounds. It was first constructed in 1475 during Edward IV’s reign, and then served as the home of the Order of the Garter, according College of St. George website.
Fun fact: the infamous Henry VIII (he of many ill-fated wives) is entombed in St. George’s Chapel, along with his third wife, Jane Seymour. There are a total of ten monarchs buried at the Chapel, and a number of memorials.
Who has been married at St. George’s Chapel?
Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, the Duchess Of Cornwall, pose in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle for the Official Wedding photograph following their marriage on April 9, 2005 in Windsor, England. Tim Graham/Getty Images
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