Royal Wedding 2018: Everything you need to know about St George’s Chapel

Harry and Meghan’s wedding is taking place at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, a historic place of worship for the Royals, which also services the local community.

Construction of St George’s Chapel began in 1475 when Edward III was on the throne and wasn’t completed until 1528, during the reign of Henry VIII. It is said to be one of the best examples of perpendicular gothic style architecture in the country.

St George’s Chapel is considered a more low-key venue then Westminster Abbey, where William and Kate got married in 2011 and can seat 800 as opposed to Westminster’s 2000.

The Chapel is separated into two parts: the Quire and the nave. The Quire contains the altar and is where the couple’s family and closest friends will sit. The aisle runs through the centre of the two.

Meghan made her own way along the first half of the aisle, across the nave, followed by her entourage of page boys and flower girls.

Prince Charles then escorted her along the Quire to the altar to give her away in a heartfelt gesture after her own father was taken ill.

The Chapel will frame much of the day and a lot of effort has gone into elegantly dressing the building in tasteful displays of garden flowers including white roses and white peonies.

The display was assembled by the Fulham based floral designer and green-fingered maestro Philippa Craddock.

The Chapel is a place of special significance for Prince Harry, he was christened there as a three-month-old and is a stone’s throw from Eton College, the exclusive boarding school he attended growing up.

St George’s Chapel has been the setting of many Royal weddings including those of King Edward VII to Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863 and Prince Edward’s to Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999.

It is also where Prince Charles and Camilla’s wedding received a public blessing in 2005.

The chapel will also host Princess Eugenie’s marriage to Jack Brooksbank later this year.

Ten former monarchs are buried in the chapel including the Queen’s father, George VI.

It is where the Queen Mother and the Queen’s late sister Princess Margaret are buried and is where, one day, the Queen will be buried too.

As well as being the setting for many Royal ceremonies it also has a more formal role serving as the location for the Order of the Garter Service each year. The Order is the highest rank of chivalry in the UK and is only awarded to those who have made significant contributions to the nation.

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