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The royal wedding, by the numbers

We dig into some of the numbers from the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce the engagement of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

If estimates are correct, more than a third of the world’s population will tune into see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot – or at least enter the chapel.

Here are some other numbers from the royal wedding:


3

The number of diamonds on Meghan Markle’s engagement ring. The ring was designed by Prince Harry himself and features one large diamond sourced from Botswana and two smaller diamonds from Princess Diana’s jewellery collection.

(Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)


4

The number of Windsor Grey Horses that will pull the carriage around Windsor after the ceremony. Their names are: Milford Haven, Sir Basil, Tyrone and Storm. Two other horses, Plymouth and Londonderry will also march alongside the carriage.

The carriage pulled by four Windsor Grey horses down The Long Walk during the dress rehearsal for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle on May 17, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)


6

The number of Meghan Markle’s bridesmaids, who are all under the age of seven. They are: Princess Charlotte, 3. Florence van Cutsem, 3, she is the goddaughter of Prince Harry, daughter of Mrs. Alice van Cutsem and Major Nicholas van Cutsem. Remi Litt, 6, and Rylan Litt, 7, they are the goddaughters of Markle, daughter of Benita Litt and Darren Litt. Ivy Mulroney, 4, she is the daughter of Jessica Mulroney and Ben Mulroney. Zalie Warren, 2, she is the goddaughter of Prince Harry, daughter of Zoe Warren and Jake Warren.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Lindo Wing after Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to their son at St Mary’s Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a boy at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)


7

The number of charities the royal couple listed for support instead of sending wedding gifts.

Prince Harry plays handball with children taking part in a StreetGames ‘Fit and Fed’ summer holiday activity session in Central Park, East Ham on July 28, 2017 in London, England. The Fit and Fed campaign aims to provide children and young people with free access to activity sessions, with lunch included, throughout the summer holidays. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

They are:

  • CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association), a charity that support children with HIV.
  • Crisis, a national charity in the UK for homeless people.
  • Myna Mahila Foundation, a charity that “empowers women in Mumbai’s urban slums”
  • Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity for children whose parents have died while serving in the Armed Forces.
  • StreetGames, a charity that “uses sports to empower young people”.
  • Surfers Against Sewage, a charity that works to conserve oceans, beaches and wildlife and protect them from plastics.
  • The Wilderness Foundation UK, a charity that promotes the outdoors.

12:00

The time the wedding service will start in St. George’s Chapel on May 19, 2018.

Hands hold invitations just printed at the workshop of Barnard and Westwood for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on March 22, 2018 in London, England. The couple will marry in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19. (Photo by Victoria Jones – WPA Pool/Getty Images)


 33

Prince Harry’s age. He’s a year older than his father was when he married Princess Diana and four years older than his brother was when he married Kate.


140

The number of “Royal Borough Ambassadors” that are volunteering to help visitors around the viewing areas.

Union Jack flags in Windsor on May 17, 2018 in Windsor, England. Preparations continue in the town for the wedding between Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 when tens of thousands of well wishers will descend on the town just west of London to celebrate the couple’s big day. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)


150

The number of plants for the wedding contributed from The Royal Parks. As much as possible, the plants and flowers used in the wedding will be in season during the month of May. They include: “branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves”.

Alice Laughton, Project Manager at Mission Invertebrate, inspects plants at the Royal Parks Nursery in Hyde Park, London on May 14, 2018, where flowers are being grown for the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. – Britain’s Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images)


173

The number of days between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement announcement and their wedding. According to The Knot, they are well ahead of the average couple, who take an average of 14.5 months from engagement to wedding.


250

The number of members of the Armed Forces that will perform ceremonial duties at the wedding.

Members of the Household Cavalry take part in a rehearsal for the wedding procession outside Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 17, 2018 two days before the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. – Britain’s Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)


600

The number of people invited to the wedding ceremony inside St. George’s Chapel.


1475

The year construction on St. George’s Chapel was started. It took 53 years to complete.

The St. George’s Chapel Choir rehearse before evensong and ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle on May 14, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons – WPA Pool/Getty Images)


2010

The year the pastry chef baking the wedding cake opened her shop, Violet Bakery. She won’t be making the traditional fruitcake. She’ll bake the royal couple a lemon elderflower cake covered in buttercream and fresh flowers.

Claire Ptak, owner of Violet Bakery in Hackney, east London puts finishing touches on the cake for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the kitchens at Buckingham Palace on May 17, 2018 in London England. (Photo by Hannah McKay – WPA Pool /Geetty Images)


2,640

The royal couple opted to invite fewer guests than their royal predecessors, and instead, invited 2,640 people from the general public to the grounds of Windsor Castle to “feel part of the celebrations.”

(George Pimentel/Wire Image)


3,000,000,000

The number of people Harper’s Bazaar estimates will watch the royal wedding.