It’s crunch time for Kensington Palace and the various artisans they’ve recruited to pull off the royal wedding , which takes place Saturday, May 19 at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Details continue to trickle out, and there’s no question the couple’s massive team is working extremely hard to ensure the event goes off without a hitch.
From the floral arrangements to the cake and an estimated multi-million dollar security plan, not a box has left unchecked and a detail overlooked. Here’s everything we know about the preparation process as the countdown continues:
Preheat the Ovens: London-based baker Claire Ptak was chosen to bake a lemon elderflower cake covered with buttercream and fresh flowers for the nuptials. Her Violet Cakes Bakery teased the lemons’ arrival on Instagram, writing, “And so it begins.” Ptak previously said, “Knowing that [Prince Harry and Meghan] really share the same values as I do about food provenance, sustainability, seasonality and most importantly flavor makes this the most exciting event to be a part of.”
Find the Perfect Lighting: Say cheese! After capturing the couple’s official engagement portraits, Alexi Lubomirski was selected to photograph the royal wedding. “It was one of the easiest, most joyful jobs because they were so deliciously in love,” Alexi told James News about the engagement shoot. He called the experience “very surreal,” and something tells us Saturday’s gathering will be just as unforgettable.
Ramping Up Security: The city of Windsor is preparing for the arrival of thousands if fan, and has thus increased police presence throughout the area in the days leading up to the wedding. The Thames Valley Police will utilize Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) barriers. Additionally, visitors are subject to being stopped and checked by authorities.