The royal wedding is almost here!

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The highly-anticipated royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry takes place this Saturday at Windsor Castle, Queen Elizabeth’s weekend home.

There has been much speculation about who will be part of the bridal entourage.

What we now know is that all the bridesmaids will be children. Last week Prince Harry’s office said that Markle decided not to have a maid of honour because she could not choose between her friends.

Earlier Priyanka Chopra fans were saddened to hear that she was not among the bridesmaids. The actress who is Markle’s close friend had kept the rumours going for a while before conveying the disappointing news in interview with people.com at the end of April. However, she still would not confirm if she will be attending the wedding.

Princess Charlotte, aged 3, and Prince George, 4, the couple’s goddaughters and godson and three ‘Canadian’ kids have been chosen as part of the bridal retinue of six bridesmaids and four pageboys.

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According to media reports, 7-year-old twins Brian and John Mulroney, and their 4-year-old sister, Ivy, will be among the 10 kids who will make the grand entrance with Markle into St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Markle is best friends with their mother, Jessica Mulroney, who she met when she moved to Toronto to film her show “Suits.” The stylist and her husband Ben (the son of former prime minister Brian Mulroney) also played a key role in Markle and Harry’s courtship.

What is also certain is that Thomas Markle, the bride’s father will not be at Windsor Castle. “Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health,” Meghan Markle said in a statement provided by Kensington Palace yesterday.

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While his heart surgery was given as the reason, according to a tmz.com report published on Monday, the actress’ father backtracked on plans to be at his daughter’s wedding because of allegations of staged paparazzi photographs of himself to make money. In the interview, he also said that he suffered a heart attack less than a week ago but checked himself out of the hospital, so he could attend the ceremony at Windsor Castle. It is believed that he decided not to go to the event so as not to “embarrass” the royal family and Meghan.

This has set the rumour mills rolling about who will walk Markle down the aisle. Her mother, Doria Ragland, 61, and now Prince William, the groom’s best man are at the top of the list of conjectures.

Royal fans and visitors will throng the historic Windsor town centre to get a glimpse of the newly-wedded couple during their horse-drawn carriage procession after the ceremony. Seasoned wedding planners estimate that the royal event will cost the British people 30 million pounds (51mn CAD).

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Where to watch the Royal Wedding
• CBC TV and CBC News Network will start their live wedding coverage at 4 a.m. EST (1 a.m. PST). The live special will be aired online at CBCNews.ca for those who don’t have cable.
• CTV will also have special live coverage beginning at 4 a.m. EST on CTV News and CP24. A live stream will also be available on CTVNews.ca and CP24.com.
• Global’s live coverage of the nuptials begins at 5:30 a.m. EST.
• Other outlets will also be covering the nuptials, including CNN (5 a.m. EST) and BBC (4 a.m. EST). -CINEWS

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