She’ll be there. Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton will be present at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on May 19, just four weeks after welcoming her third child, baby Prince Louis.
Kensington Palace confirmed on Friday that the Duchess will be attending her brother-in-law’s nuptials to Suits star Markle—also the society event of 2018—but there will be at least one key family member missing from the lavish, day-long affair. Little Prince Louis, who will be close to a month old when Harry and Meghan wed, will not be attending the ceremony, and he will remain home.
However, both Prince George and Princess Charlotte are expected to have roles as junior members of the bridal party as they both appeared in aunt Pippa Middleton’s 2016 wedding. In one particular moment, Middleton was seen chiding little George during Middleton’s nuptials to James Matthews.
“We have been announcing details over the last couple of months and in the final week ahead of the wedding you can expect to hear more about the arrangements, including… details of the Bridesmaids and Page Boys,” the release read. The latest announcement from the royals also promised more regarding the day of florals, an update from the couple’s pastry chef, and the Order of Service, which will be posted the morning of the wedding for the public to digest.
The latest update from Harry’s communications secretary also revealed that the bride has opted to go without a maid of honor, though Harry has selected a best man. “She has a very close-knit circle of friends and she didn’t want to choose one over another,” a palace spokesman said Friday. “All have been actively involved in helping her prepare for the day and will be there in the days beforehand. She’s very happy to have their support.”
According to the release, family members will begin to arrive about 40 minutes before the ceremony starts either by foot or in a car. Meanwhile, Harry and William will arrive at the church “most likely by foot and will enter via the West Steps.”