British Culture

Celebs at the Royal Wedding

We always knew the fairytale wedding of beautiful American actress Meghan Markle and charming Prince Harry would be a star-studded event. Brought together by their mutual dedication to charity work, the couple finally tied the knot on Saturday, May 19th, at Windsor Castle.

Between the two of them, the couple has more than a handful of high-profile friends. Let’s see who scored an invite to the biggest event of the year (even though ours seemed to have gotten lost in the post).

The invitations

600 people were lucky enough to receive a coveted invitation to the 2018 Royal Wedding, while 1200 members of the public were also invited to greet the couple outside Windsor Castle – the invitations they received certainly looked ‘smashing’ (as we Brits would say).

Printed on thick white cards, they had a gold trim, embossed with the details of the day using American ink. They were specially burnished to bring out the shine before being gilded around the edge.

The invitations read:

“His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales KG KT requests the pleasure of the company of……. at the marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales with Ms. Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday 19th May, 2018 at 12 Noon followed by a reception at Windsor Castle.”

The celebrities

George & Amal Clooney

It was rumoured that the Clooneys would be attending the royal wedding ceremony months ago due to Meghan and Amal’s close friendship over the years. The pair have lots in common, considering Meghan’s philanthropic goals and Amal’s passion for human rights.

They’ve apparently become even closer since Meghan moved to the UK – and conveniently, George and Amal own a house just 30 minutes away from Windsor. Could it have been the shortest wedding commute?

Oprah Winfrey

American icon Oprah Winfrey arrived accompanied by English actor Idris Elba. The well-known activist donned a custom-made Stella McCartney dress, apparently made the night before the wedding due to a wardrobe malfunction – impressive!

Idris Elba

As we mentioned, Idris arrived alongside Oprah Winfrey as well as his fiancee Sabrina Dhowre. It has been reported that the invitation to Idris may have come from Prince Charles.

The Prince of Wales established the Prince’s Trust in 1976, which aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people in the UK. Idris was one of those young people, and he claims the generosity of the royal family helped change his life for the better.

James Corden and Julia Carey

Though the hilarious TV star and his wife sat in the nave for the ceremony, Corden acted as MC at Frogmore House for the evening reception.

James Blunt

The public was in a frenzy trying to figure out how singer James Blunt got an invite to the prestigious event. It turns out that James served with Harry in the Army. He’s since been invited to the Invictus Games, and they have been good pals ever since. All we want to know is if he sang, “You’re Beautiful”, to Meghan.

The Cast of Suits

After seven years of suits, we expected Meghan’s fellow Suits cast members to turn up – and they did just that! Abigail Spencer arrived separately from the other co-stars and didn’t sit with them in the nave, showing just how close they’d become during the filming of Suits.

Only Spencer was invited to the evening at Frogmore House, and it’s been reported that the other members were not invited, but instead, all went out to karaoke together in Windsor – sounds fun!

Sir Elton John

Everyone was suspicious when Elton John cancelled two concerts due to a ‘scheduling conflict’ which clashed with the dates of the royal wedding – but it was obvious to see why. Elton John and Princess Diana were great friends – he even sang at her funeral in 1997.

Elton reportedly performed at Meghan and Harry’s wedding, too, singing ‘Circle of Life’, ‘Your Song’ and ‘I’m Still Standing’ – and Harry introduced him by asking, “Does anyone here know how to play the piano?”.

Victoria & David Beckham

The glamorous, former Spice Girl and world-famous footballer were guests at Prince William and Catherine’s wedding – so it was no surprise when they turned up at the more recent bash.

Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian

Serena and Meghan became close friends in 2014 after they met at a celebrity charity football event. Serena was meant to play matches in Rome and Madrid on the same date as the Royal Wedding, but she decided to withdraw from her tournaments. But we can’t blame her. You’d have to be mad to turn down an invitation to the Royal Wedding.

That was our pick of the A-list celebrities at Harry & Meghan’s wedding. Whether you’re celebrity-obsessed or mad about the Royal family, Madame Tussauds is the perfect place to meet them (or at least pose for a picture and pretend you have!).