Here are brief profiles of the main participants at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle:
Aged 12, his mother Diana’s death shook Harry, who became a wild child in his youth. After a decade in the army and two tours in Afghanistan, the prince is a more settled character. He is now devoted to royal duties and his Invictus Games for wounded troops.
QUEEN ELIZABETH II
Grandmother of the groom, 92
Her Majesty has reigned since 1952. A steadfast monarch in a changing world, Queen Elizabeth has been an impeccable sovereign through more than 65 years of duty, a figure of constancy who has overseen post-war Britain into the new millennium.
PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH
Grandfather of the groom, 96
PRINCE WILLIAM, DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE
Older brother William returns the favour Harry performed at his wedding in 2011. William, who is in line to become king after their father Prince Charles, has given up his job as an air ambulance helicopter pilot to become a full-time royal. He is now a father of three after the arrival of Prince Louis on April 23.
PRINCE CHARLES, PRINCE OF WALES
Father of the groom
Stepmother of the groom
Father of the bride
The man who will walk the bride down the aisle is a former television lighting director, working on top US shows including “Married With Children”. He won an Emmy award for his work on the soap “General Hospital”. Twice divorced, he now lives a secluded life in Mexico.
Mother of the bride
A social worker and a yoga instructor with dreadlocks and a nose ring, Meghan calls her mother a “free spirit”. She met Thomas while working in television make-up. She has a master’s degree in social work and ran the 2017 Los Angeles marathon.
JUSTIN WELBY, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY
Spiritual leader of the Church of England
The Anglican Communion’s most senior bishop will officiate as the couple make their marriage vows. A former oil executive, Welby baptised Markle after her engagement. He went to Eton College, as did Harry.
DAVID CONNER, DEAN OF WINDSOR
Conner is the senior cleric at St. George’s Chapel and will therefore conduct the service. He has been the dean since 1998 and was also the bishop to the armed forces during Harry’s time in the army. He was formerly the vicar of the Cambridge University church.
Royal officials have said they will reveal details about Markle’s bridesmaids nearer the time. The public will also have to wait to find out if any celebrity friends of the couple are attending.
Markle’s half-brother and half-sister Thomas and Samantha. Thomas Markle Junior has said Markle is “probably embarrassed” by them and sent an open letter to Prince Harry asking him to cancel the marriage.