The countdown begins for the big royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. But come May 19, there will be one glaring absence on the dance floor during the couple’s reception: The Queen.
Royal expert Katie Nicholl, author of Harry: Life, Loss, and Love told “Entertainment Tonight” that the Queen will likely skip that part of the wedding all together:
I think when it comes to the evening reception and certainly the party, if the Spice Girls are performing then, I don’t think the Queen’s going to be on the dance floor.
It has yet to be confirmed whether or not the Spice Girls will even be performing, but if Markle didn’t get engaged to Harry just to watch Her Majesty get down to “Wannabe,” we wouldn’t blame her and feel her deep sorrow.
Even more disappointing is that, according to POPSUGAR, the Queen’s cousin, Lady Elizabeth Ansonit, revealed during a 2016 BBC special that music has “always been a part” of Elizabeth’s life and that she’s “a fantastic dancer” who’s “got great rhythm.” RIP all of our hopes and wishes for 2018.
Kensington Palace announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be getting hitched at 7 a.m. EST at St. George’s Chapel. That’s noon U.K. time. The newlyweds will then catch a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the streets of Windsor, just like Prince William and Kate Middleton did after their ceremony in 2011.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds, in their carriage, will undertake a traditional Carriage Procession from the Chapel through Windsor Town returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk. In a statement, Kensington Palace reported that “They hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day.”
From there, a reception will be held at St George’s Hall for the couple and the guests from the congregation.
Later that evening, Harry’s father, Prince Charles, will give a private evening reception for the couple and their close friends and family.